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A Woody Herman alumnus, John has a strong place in his heart for the power and energy that is part of being a big band, while his passion for improvising draws him to the intimacy and interplay of the small group. As a student of Dennis Sandole, composition and the development of a personal soloist identity were and remain the driving force in Vanore’s writing and playing. “Curosity is more than an album title”, Vanore says. “It is my credo!” With that focus it was decided to write for and create a “new” group, based on the concept of the intimacy of a small group with the fire power of a big band, and call this special group, Abstract Truth. While attending a summer program, directed by Oliver Nelson, John experienced the pivotal moment of his career—making the decision to pursue music

Primary Colors

Label: acoustical concepts
Released: 2020
Track listing: Final Dawn; Lady; Yesterdays; A Time For Love; Origins of Rude; Return; Secret Love.

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John Vanore, Benny Carter, Duke Ellington and more

Read "John Vanore, Benny Carter, Duke Ellington and more" reviewed by Joe Dimino

Our hour of music begins with an interview with trumpeter and composer John Vanore, about his latest release. Then, we hear from his music hero and mentor Oliver Nelson before moving on to Danish musicians Alex Jonsson and Mette Juul. We also profile the Canadian group The Shuffle Demons, The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and Kansas City's ...

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Origins of Rude

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Label: acoustical concepts
Released: 2020
Duration: 04:32

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John Vanore: Primary Colors

Read "Primary Colors" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

These recordings come from the mid-80s, a time when mixing jazz and electronics was still a fairly radical idea. They have trumpeter John Vanore marrying his solo lines to electronic embellishments performed by pianist Ron Thomas on a Yamaha DX-7 synthesizer and other keyboards. Nothing here is startling by modern standards, but there are still some ...

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John Vanore: Primary Colors

Read "Primary Colors" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

This beautiful duet set recorded by trumpeter John Vanore and pianist Ron Thomas serves as a showcase for auspicious beginnings, for both artists. The music for Primary Colors was recorded in 1984-85. Both of the players evolved into higher profiles, finding their individual places in jazz in the twenty-first century--Vanore with, mostly, his large ensemble writing, ...

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John Vanore: Stolen Moments

Read "Stolen Moments" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Oliver Nelson incise il magistrale The Blues and the Abstract Truth in una sola session nel febbraio 1961 con sette strumentisti lui compreso. Aveva 29 anni e guidava una formazione strepitosa con Eric Dolphy, Freddie Hubbard, George Barrow in front line e una ritmica comprendente Bill Evans, Paul Chambers e Roy Haynes. Quei nomi e la ...

Stolen Moments

Label: acoustical concepts
Released: 2017
Track listing: Self Help Is Needed; A Taste of Honey; Stolen Moments; El Gato; St. Louis Blues; Blues & the Abstract Truth; Greensleeves; I Hope in Time a Change Will Come; Reuben’s Rondo.

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Blues and the Abstract Truth

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Label: acoustical concepts
Released: 2017
Duration: 5:20

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John Vanore: Stolen Moments

Read "Stolen Moments" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

For the majority of jazz fans, the entire career of Oliver Nelson is summed up in one composition, “Stolen Moments" which makes as much sense as Duke Ellington being known for nothing except “Mood Indigo." Though he died at the very premature age of 43, Nelson built a substantial body of work in the jazz and ...


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