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Featuring the music of Amos Hoffman Quintet
Duration: 6:58

Amos Hoffman - oud, Ilan Salem - flute, Gilad Abro - bass, Ilan Katchka - drums, Rea Bar Nes - percussion. From the relase party of Hoffman's "Evolution" at Levontin 7, Tel Aviv.


Label: Spartacus Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Hoe Down; Chronometry; Gentle Piece; A Night in Tunisia; Cottontail; Now.


Article: Album Review

The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra featuring Joe Locke: Exploration

Read "Exploration" reviewed by John Kelman

At a time when the oral jazz tradition is in increasing jeopardy, you've got to admire Tommy Smith. Berklee schooled in the 1980s, the Scottish saxophonist had a promising career in the United States. He was a member of Gary Burton's mid-1980s quintet, with the vibraphonist producing Step by Step--the first of four records Smith released ...



Label: Nocturne
Released: 2006
Track listing: No Fly Zone; Parcours; Piano solo; Relentless; Deux nouvelles; Invocation; New Group; Exploration.


Article: Album Review

Christophe dal Sasso: Exploration

Read "Exploration" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

The story goes that flautist/bandleader Christophe dal Sasso, in his tireless quest for new sonorities for his arranging tasks, absorbed the lessons of saxophonist Dave Liebman's treatise A Chromatic Approach to Jazz Harmony and Melody. Onstage some time later with a big band at Paris's Sunset nightclub, he applied those lessons to an arrangement of Woody ...



Label: Unknown label
Released: 2005
Track listing: Exploration; Monk in Wonderland; Love and Hate; New Africa: a) Queen Tamam, b) New Africa, c) Black Call, d) Ethiopian Market; When?; Frankenstein; Excursion; Sonny's Back!


Article: Album Review

Grachan Moncur III: Exploration

Read "Exploration" reviewed by Clifford Allen

For as much as the post-Ornette lineage of jazz and improvised music has engendered instrumental freedom both sonically and rhythmically, this language has also given a wealthy palette to the composer. With the work of figures like Andrew Hill remaining in the spotlight and Grachan Moncur III's recent return from a lengthy hiatus, it is worth ...


Article: Album Review

Grachan Moncur III: Exploration

Read "Exploration" reviewed by AAJ Staff

By Ken Waxman Grachan Moncur III had strong associations with the Jazztet, alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, and tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp. An East Coaster, he brought a variety of sophisticated colors to his compositions using different instrumentation than the standard sax/brass/rhythm section of the hard bop combo. However, the trombonist has had a very low profile ...


Article: Album Review

Grachan Moncur III Octet: Exploration

Read "Exploration" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

It is a crying shame that some of the best jazz musicians have to languish in obscurity. There are many reasons, but a review is not necessarily the place to go into them. Suffice to say that it is a moment worth cherishing when a stalwart comes in from out of the beyond to make his ...



Label: Unknown label
Released: 2004
Track listing: Exploration; Monk in Wonderland; Love and Hate; New Africa: Queen Tamam, New Africa, Black Call, Ethiopian Market; When? Frankenstein; Excursion; Sonny's Back!


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