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Arthur Blythe and Bob Stewart

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" reviewed by Jon Wagner

St. Paul’s Chapel Columbia University, NYC November 27, 2001 St. Paul’s Chapel – what a venue! The geometric precision and soaring, massive architecture made St. Paul’s a great place to showcase the deep talents of two jazz mainstays. The show was billed as “An Exalted Conversation with Arthur Blythe & ...


Jay Clayton at Cobi's Place

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" reviewed by Jon Wagner

Cobi’s Place. NYC November 20, 2001 Jay Clayton is a jazz singer who deserves wider recognition. She’s a solid, mature talent and has enjoyed a performing career that started in the 1960s. The show was a homecoming for Clayton – she spent years living and teaching in Seattle and Europe.She’s also ...


Dafnis Prieto Quintet at the Jazz Gallery December 21, 2001

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" reviewed by Jon Wagner

Cuban drummer Dafnis Prieto is establishing himself as a Young Badass in New York City. He’s got what it takes – great time, burning chops, mastery of jazz and Latin idioms, polyrhythmic creativity and the rare ability to push drumming in new directions. He even writes his own tunes. But he’s got something more important – ...


Arthur Blythe: Focus

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Arthur Blythe has been busy. He has a new recording, and last month completed a stint with his quartet at the Jazz Standard. Blythe is living in his hometown San Diego again, so NYC jazz fans jumped at the rare opportunity to see him play live. The band - Blythe on alto, John Hicks on piano, ...


Ronnie Cuber: Cubism

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Although this date was recorded in 1990, it has only recently been released on CD. It is a solid effort. Cuber's the leader, and the date is built around his baritone sax. But the sidemen - Joe Locke on vibes, Michael Formanek on bass, Bobby Broom on guitar, Ben Perowsky on drums and special guest Carlos ...


Matthew Shipp: Songs

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A recent blockbuster art show at MoMA featured the German artist Gerhard Richter. Richter works in a variety of mediums, and his work takes different forms -- from a representational, pictorial style to a totally abstract expressionist, non-pictorial style. But Richter's work bears his strong stamp whether he's going figurative or freer. One group of paintings ...


Andrew Hill: A Beautiful Day

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Sometimes a live recording captures the dynamism and vibe of a band that's really “on." In ideal situations, the musical energy is obvious right off the bat, continues throughout the set, and winds up on a disc. The listener thinks: “Man, I would love to have been at that gig." Andrew Hill's new release A Beautiful ...


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