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David Weiss: Memories of Freddie Hubbard

Read "David Weiss: Memories of Freddie Hubbard" reviewed by David Weiss

Noted trumpeter, composer, and New Jazz Composers Octet founder, David Weiss shares several stories about his experience with trumpet legend Freddie Hubbard. As told to David Kaufman. I met Freddie Hubbard soon after he damaged his lip. I guess what basically happened was he had a blister on his lip that popped and got ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

David Weiss: In Celebration of Endangered Species

Read "David Weiss: In Celebration of Endangered Species" reviewed by Fiona Ord-Shrimpton

David Weiss and his mini big band of jazz chameleons are a ready example of how to concentrate at OCD levels to perfect musical things of beauty that stand the test of time, repeatedly. Many have focused a hell of a lot more than 10,000 hours to cultivate this sound, and some have overcome myriad adversities ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

New Jazz Composers Octet: The Turning Gate

Read "The Turning Gate" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Intricate compositions often provide the best substrate for complex and satisfying improvisation. This holds true for the New Jazz Composer's Octet's The Turning Gate, which includes five short compositions and one long suite made up of six movements. Each piece serves as a vehicle for group interplay and interpretation, and as a platform for one or ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

New Jazz Composers Octet: The Turning Gate

Read "The Turning Gate" reviewed by Greg Camphire

From the first track on The Turning Gate, it's obvious that the New Jazz Composers Octet has spent considerable quality time together since their founding in 1996. The sheer number of hours spent writing, arranging, and playing material has strengthened this fresh ensemble into a superior example of jazz excellence. With each member working at the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

New Jazz Composers Octet: The Turning Gate

Read "The Turning Gate" reviewed by J Hunter

Good support players can add color and depth to the vision of almost any artist; the right supporting cast can help a leader move in innumerable creative directions--witness the many phases of Dave Douglas. But what if a support player has a vision to share with the world? That was trumpeter David Weiss' motivation for founding ...

Walkin' the Line

Label: Blue Moon
Released: 2003
Track listing: 1. Deadweight 2. A Little Twist 3. Walkin

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

New Jazz Composers Octet: Walkin' The Line

Read "Walkin' The Line" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

From the sound of it, the future of the large group ensemble is clearly in good hands with the New Jazz Composers Octet, a combination of old school horns and creative young jazz musicians. The NJCO is carving out a name for itself by paying respect to names such as Lee Morgan, Freddy Hubbard, and Joe ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

New Jazz Composers Octet: Walkin' the Line

Read "Walkin' the Line" reviewed by Celeste Sunderland

Eight guys are a lot to fit on the little stage at Joe’s Pub. But trumpeter David Weiss and his crew squeezed in cozily last month for their CD release party. The New Jazz Composers Octet’s second disc, Walkin’ The Line, venerates a bygone era of big bands, a time when torrents of jazz streaming like ...


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