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Firm Fragile Fun

Label: Buzz Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Stress; Fun; Firm; Mild; Joy; Deep; Crazy; Smoky; Moody; Fragile; Gone.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Marnix Busstra: Firm Fragile Fun

Read "Firm Fragile Fun" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Let's get one thing out of the way: guitarist and leader of the eminently capable quartet featured on Firm Fragile Fun Marnix Busstra sounds a great deal like John Scofield. Busstra's tone, phrasing, attack, and even his choice of guitar parallel those of the celebrated solo artist and ex-Miles Davis plectrist. When he digs into the ...

Firm Fragile Fun

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015
Track listing: Stress; Fun; Firm; Mild; Joy; Deep; Crazy; Smoky; Moody; Fragile; Gone.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Marnix Busstra: Firm Fragile Fun

Read "Firm Fragile Fun" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Can a single word sum up the meaning and magic of a song? In the large majority of cases, the answer is no. But that doesn't mean a brief descriptor can't serve as a window into a composition's bearing. Just look at the track titles on the latest release from Dutch guitarist-composer Marnix Busstra: each song ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mike Mainieri / Marnix Busstra Quartet: Trinary Motion: Live in Europe

Read "Trinary Motion: Live in Europe" reviewed by John Kelman

Looking more like a man in his fifties than his 72 years, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri has been stepping up the pace, with three fine but stylistically different albums in the last year: Crescent (NYC, 2010), an elegant and moving John Coltrane tribute with recently departed alto great Charlie Mariano; 2.0 (NYC, 2010), celebrating the return of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mike Mainieri / Marnix Busstra Quartet: Trinary Motion / Live in Europe

Read "Trinary Motion / Live in Europe" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Vibraphonist Mike Mainieri and guitarist Marnix Busstra demonstrated a kinetic relationship on their 2009 recording, Twelve Pieces (NYC Records); a compelling portrait of the musicians playing with and off each other. Its success spurred a tour and, happily, almost two hours of live recorded music. Tone and shape are sketched by the Mainieri ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mike Mainieri: Crescent

Read "Crescent" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Nearly forty-five years after the death of John Coltrane, jazz players still feel compelled to negotiate his music. Young cats wrestle with the harmonic complexities and attempt to conquer the saxophonist icon's mighty energy. Luckily, players like vibraphonist Mike Mainieri and saxophonist Charlie Mariano have made peace with the legend. Their document, in this two-disc set, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Mike Mainieri: Man Behind Bars

Read "Mike Mainieri: Man Behind Bars" reviewed by John Kelman

It's hard to imagine vibraphonist Mike Mainieri in his seventies. Not only does he look and sound like a man 10 years (or more) his junior, but a quick look at the projects he's been involved in over the past few years sound like anything but a septuagenarian resting on his not inconsiderable laurels.

Twelve Pieces

Label: NYC Records
Released: 2009


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