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Paul Hanson’s musical journey is a testament of fearless dedication to craft and creativity. Over the last 20 years, Paul has rewritten the rulebook and set new standards for what is possible on this most classical of woodwind instruments. As one reviewer puts it, “But he simply transcends technique to a point where the listener no longer has in mind that it’s a BASSOON that he’s playing.” His explorations have transcended limitations and created new possibilities-all while making music of the highest quality. Paul’s repertoire encompasses musical aspects of all modern styles of improvised music

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Montreux Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Montreux Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin McFie

Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland June 28 to July 13, 2019 Montreux Jazz festival began in 1967, driven by the vision of Claude Nobs in collaboration with Geo Voumard, Rene Langel, and the Office of Tourism in their hometown Montreux, on Lake Geneva. This year 2019, was the 53rd edition. ...

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Alan Hall: Heroes, Saints and Clowns

Read "Heroes, Saints and Clowns" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Ratatet, the sextet led by drummer Alan Hall, doesn't seem to quite fit into a musical box of any style or shape. One of the San Francisco Bay area's most respected musical performers and educators, Hall assembled this uniquely constructed ensemble from fragments of previous engagements: He previously played in a trio called Electreo with Paul ...

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Heartbeats Full of Soul

Read "Heartbeats Full of Soul" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy Let Your Light Shine On MPS 2018 One of the best parts of Let Your Light Shine On is how it plucks out musical threads from throughout the galaxy (more on that later) and knits them together into truly groovy, soulful cloth. But ...

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Jeff Denson Quartet: Concentric Circles

Read "Concentric Circles" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Quartetto classico con piano, contrabbasso e batteria, questo a nome del compositore e contrabbassita Jeff Denson si distingue per la presenza come fiato di un fagotto, strumento decisamente atipico, nelle mani di Paul Hanson. Questa particolarità caratterizza un lavoro per il resto abbastanza convenzionale, incentrato perlopiù su ritmi molto serrati e composto interamente da brani originali ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ratatet: Arctic

Read "Arctic" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Disco di esordio per Ratatet, sestetto di San Francisco diretto dal batterista Alan Hall, che presenta una musica semplice e swingante, di stampo cameristico ancorché qua e là screziata di elettronica, caratterizzata e resa personale dall'accuratezza degli arrangiamenti e -soprattutto -dalla particolare strumentazione dell'organico. Le undici tracce, tutte relativamente brevi (solo tre arrivano ai ...

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Piano & More: Rich Halley 5, Casey Golden Trio, Jeff Denson Quartet, Fred Hersch Trio, Peter Erskine Trio, & Sirius Quartet

Read "Piano & More: Rich Halley 5, Casey Golden Trio, Jeff Denson Quartet, Fred Hersch Trio, Peter Erskine Trio, & Sirius Quartet" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

An assortment of striking jazz/improvisation recordings. Three of them are piano trios--each with their own unique character--but two of them have no piano, or any other harmonic instrument. Rich Halley 5 The Outlier Pine Eagle Records 2016 Tenor saxophonist Rich Halley's longstanding quartet with trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jeff Denson Quartet: Concentric Circles

Read "Concentric Circles" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The immediate standout feature of Jeff Denson's group is that he uses a bassoon as the reed instrument. That gives an interesting twist to the quartet's sound. Denson's compositions are a free-ranging mix of fast-paced progressive jazz and pretty ballads. The nimble, woody tone of Paul Hanson's bassoon gives an intellectual feel to the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joel Harrison 5: Spirit House

Read "Spirit House" reviewed by Troy Collins

Throughout his storied career, Washington DC-born guitarist Joel Harrison has demonstrated an interest in a wide range of musical styles. Since his leadership debut in the mid-1990s, Harrison has explored an array of genres, from pan-global collaborations with North Indian classical musicians to radical rearrangements of Appalachian folk tunes. Spirit House, the premiere of his most ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joel Harrison: Spirit House

Read "Spirit House" reviewed by Blaine Fallis

Spirit House is a Joel Harrison original! Original compositions, ideas, instrumentations, and grooves. While jazz sometimes repeats itself (in style, instrumentation, or choice of songs etc.), Harrison creates completely new music worth listening to, “repeatedly." I say this because he wrote the music “specifically for this unique group of individuals," using electric guitar with ...


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