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Eric Revis Quartet at the Jazz Gallery: Old-Time Rhythms

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Eric Revis QuartetJazz GalleryNew York, NYAugust 28, 2009 I don't imagine the Eric Revis Quartet was assembled with reconciliation in mind, but to a hobbled veteran of the Jazz Wars--the squabbles and skirmishes over the music's boundaries that raged throughout the '80s, '90s, and early aughts--the lineup would look like an ...


The Making of Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense

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On an August morning in 1958, a 33-year-old photographer named Art Kane gathered 57 jazz musicians together on the steps of a Harlem brownstone. The resulting picture, known as “A Great Day in Harlem," appeared in the January 1959 issue of Esquire and has become the most famous image in jazz history. The photograph lacks the ...


Brad Mehldau at the Village Vanguard

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Brad Mehldau Trio Village Vanguard New York, NY May 5 & 9, 2009 No major jazz artist of the last 25 years has been more closely associated with a single venue than pianist Brad Mehldau with the Village Vanguard. Of the 11 trio albums he's released since signing with Warner ...


The Making of Darcy James Argue's "Infernal Machines"

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---> “It was like trying to shoot Laurence of Arabia on a Clerks budget," says the 33-year-old composer/conductor Darcy James Argue of his debut album, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam), which will be released next Tuesday, May 12. Argue didn't have to tread such a quixotic path. Up until five years ago, he was performing as a ...


Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense - World Premiere

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Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present TenseWorld PremiereThe Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln CenterNew York, NYApril 15, 2009 The Jazz Wars are over. Now what? A new documentary asks. Since the early 1980s, jazz has been engaged in its own nonviolent, low-intensity civil war. Decentralized and ...


Trio of One: Fly at the Jazz Standard

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FlyJazz StandardNew York, NYApril 10, 2009 Instruments are versatile husks, possessing limited range and a particular timbre, but no set personality of their own. The piano can channel the thoughts of musicians as different from one another as Cecil Taylor and Bill Evans; the saxophone can express the passions of Stan ...


The Primal Waters of Pure Consciousness: Cecil Taylor at Merkin Hall

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Cecil TaylorMerkin Concert Hall New York, NY March 28, 2009 Cecil Taylor shuffled in from the wings with knitted tube socks pulled up over his sweatpants, ignored the Steinway grand that dominated centerstage, and began to read. A shapeless nurturer, distilled...Australopithecus, pebble culture...A convergence ...


The Inside Out Band: Enrico Rava Quintet at Birdland

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Enrico Rava QuintetBirdlandNew York, NYMarch 25, 2009 Before last Wednesday night, I'd never found the work of Italian pianist Stefano Bollani particularly compelling. Sure, he had that pristine touch, Evans-eque in its haunting elegance, but on albums such as his own Solo Piano and Enrico Rava's Tati, his playing sounded ...


Higher Standards: Ethan Iverson Trio at Smalls

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Ethan Iverson Trio, with Ben Street and Albert “Tootie" HeathSmalls New York, NY March 23, 2009 In the final scene of the film Big Night, the manager of an Italian restaurant played by Stanley Tucci makes a plain three-egg omelette--no cheese, no onions or peppers, just a little olive ...


Sphinx and Preacher: James Carter and the Odean Pope Saxophone Choir

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Odean Pope Saxophone Choir, featuring James Carter Blue Note New York, New York March 15, 2009 For the first thirty minutes of its set on Sunday night, the Odean Pope Saxophone Choir displayed its signature blend of precision and warmth, eight saxophones—nine when Pope stopped conducting and took up ...


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