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Justin Wood


Alto saxophonist and flautist Justin Wood began playing saxophone in fifth grade growing up in rural Northern Maine. During high school, he co-led a jazz trio with trombonist Philip Yaeger and brother Tyler Wood on piano, and played gigs ranging from local restaurants to agricultural conventions. After attending Harvard University, Justin moved to New York in 1999 to work as a union organizer and explore the city's music scene. He began performing in New York in 2001, and has performed around the city with diverse musical groups in venues including Birdland, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, NJ Performing Arts Center, the Knitting Factory, and the Garage


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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Harder On The Outside

Read "Harder On The Outside" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

A complex web of sampling, beat construction and live improvisation all led to this disc by guitarist Jon Lundbom and his group, Big Five Chord, a CD that is a heady stew of hard-edged funk grooves, squalling saxophones and gleeful guitar freakouts. This project started with saxophonist Bryan Murray sampling old Big Five Chord ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Jeremiah

Read "Jeremiah" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

La saga del chitarrista Jon Lundbom e dei suoi Big Five Chords giunge con Jeremiah al settimo capitolo ma non per questo viene meno l'energia, la miscela esplosiva di bop, free, rock e avant che aveva caratterizzato il sorprendente album d'esordio nell'ormai lontano 2003. Certo, manca l'effetto sorpresa, gli album successivi hanno proseguito sui sentieri tracciati ...



Label: River Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Ranthem; Tell Me Something Good; Invisible Lady; Blackbird; The Shanghai Salsa; Shepherd; I Only Have Eyes For You; Cancion Para Mi Madre; Clube Da Esquina; Move; Pure Imagination; Worry Later.


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SPOKE: (r)anthems

Read "(r)anthems" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

On (r)anthems, the New York-based ensemble takes various pop classics and favorite World Music tunes and reinvents them into their own flavor, either going into a New Orleans-tinged feel or just improvising around the melody. An example is Stevie Wonder's “Tell Me Something Good," which is re-purposed here into a marching band-like vibe. The Beatles' “Blackbird" ...


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SPOKE: (r)anthems

Read "(r)anthems" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

According to the members of SPOKE, this album--the band's third to date--"is both musical rant and anthem." So what does that mean? Well, it means that there's an intentional balancing act between the raw and refined, the focused and the untamed, and the grand and rowdy. Nothing ever goes off the rails and nothing is ever ...



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2009
Track listing: Pisces; Slow Onset Suite Pt. 1 - Blabber Battle; Pt. 2 - Ballad of Slow Onset Man; HAF; Wo Yao de XingFu; On Returns; Si Lu; Bass Etude; Deed by Delusion; Chances Are; Sriracha; Shepherd.


Article: Year in Review

J Hunter's Best Jazz Discs of 2009

Read "J Hunter's Best Jazz Discs of 2009" reviewed by J Hunter

It's that time again--the season for relentless bell-ringers, wild-eyed consumers, and end-of-year countdown lists. The latter category can actually be helpful for last-minute shoppers who want to give someone “the best of everything." However, a little background info never hurts the buying process. As such, here's one more countdown for Best Jazz Discs of 2009. #10 ...


Article: Album Review

Spoke: Spoke

Read "Spoke" reviewed by J Hunter

In his liner notes to Spoke's self-titled debut disc, Matthew Lima wrote that this Brooklyn-based quartet is “constantly refining the art of the compromise... not into a concession or lowering of standards, but an intermediate between different things." He's half right: There are no concessions whatsoever on Spoke; however, the differences are what it's all about. ...



Label: Unknown label
Released: 2008


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