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Ricardo Gallo Cuarteto: Udimbres y Maranas

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Ricardo Gallo Cuarteto Udimbres y Maranas La Distritofonica 2008 The Ricardo Gallo Cuarteto's sound is complex--and not just because the Cuarteto is born out of a marriage between avant-garde jazz and Colombian rhythms. What adds further depth to their music is the emotional density that shows itself almost immediately on ...


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The Mad Jazz Hatters at Barbes in Brooklyn

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The Mad Jazz Hatters Barbes Brooklyn, New York January 31, 2008 Barbe's, at 376 Ninth Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn, deserves to be more widely known. It is in this venue that the careers of Hazmat Modine and Slavic Soul Party (just to name a couple) have been launched. These ...


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David "Fathead" Newman's 75th Birthday Extravaganza at Iridium

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David “Fathead" Newman's 75th Birthday Celebration Iridium New York, New York January 24, 2008 The jazz tourist in New York can be easily disappointed. Historical 52nd street is now a palimpsest over which Times Square has imperially strewn yet more of its glitter and spectacle. But standing amidst all this ...


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New School Jazz Celebrates 20 Years With Concert

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20th Anniversary Concert New School New York, NY June 20, 2007 New School's good for jazz; and it has been for a long time. As early as 1941 the New School for Social Research began holding classes in jazz, making it the first college in New York City to ...


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Pete Cosey's Children of Agharta Play the Lower East Side

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Pete Cosey's Children of AghartaCave CanemNew York, NYJune 21, 2007Pete Cosey's Children Of Agharta channels the fusion music of the great Miles Davis band of the early to mid-1970s. They go down many of the same roads blazed by the Davis group of that era when, in fact, Cosey filled the ...


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Emilio Solla's Tango Jazz Project at Smalls, NYC

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Emilio Solla's Tango-Jazz Project Smalls New York City April 28, 2007 On the weekend of April 28, Emilio Solla brought a heady blend of jazz and distinctly Argentinian music to the intimate setting of Smalls in the West Village. At Smalls most of the seats are the standard issue kitchen ...


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Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog at Tonic New York

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Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog Tonic New York City 107 Norfolk Street between Delancey and Rivington New York, New York On March 19th Marc Ribot brought to the Tonic his Ceramic Dog. The band was fresh off of a tour of Europe and Turkey, and the venue ...


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Tree On IK: You Choose

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Tree on I K Kontemporary Jazz Kreations explore some of the avenues pioneered by modern acid and jam bands on their debut album You Choose. They incorporate a poet/ free stylist on a couple of tracks and state some themes on a digital B3 organ over a funky beat. Despite being gifted musicians, if they happen ...


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Bryn Roberts: Present Tense

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“Spring is Here." A bittersweet notion says Bryn Roberts on his album Present Tense. The Rodgers and Hart chestnut receives a rather moody makeover that competes with the Bill Evans version in its gloom quotient. The group from Canada often resembles Keith Jarrett or any number of his label mates on ECM. The music skirts the ...


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