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Brad Goode: Hypnotic Suggestion

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This well-programmed set of originals and standards showcases Brad Goode's first-rate trumpet playing. On the opening title track, Goode enters mysteriously in his solo, before darting around and interacting deftly with the rhythm section, particularly drummer Dana Hall. The rhythm section, comprised of Hall, pianist Adrean Farrugia (whose advanced harmonic conception and lyricism recalls ...


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Jerry Bergonzi: Tenor of the Times

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This effort from tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi offers little in the way of new ideas or creativity. He seems mired in the world of John Coltrane, in many instances replicating the master's phrasing and sound. The instrumentation of the album is also the same as Coltrane's classic quartet (tenor, piano, bass, and drums). To compare the ...


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Russ Kassoff: Somewhere

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It has been a long time coming, but at the age of 52, Russ Kassoff has finally released his first album as a leader. Somewhere is split almost evenly between solo piano and trio tracks (plus one duo tune). From the first plaintive notes of “Look For The Silver Lining, Kassoff's lyricism and brilliantly ...


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McCoy Tyner Trio in Tune With One Another

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McCoy Tyner Trio 2006 Jazz Winnipeg Festival Manitoba Theatre Center June 22, 2006 McCoy Tyner brought his trio to town and they did not disappoint an enthusiastic Winnipeg crowd. Along with bassist Charnett Moffett and drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt, Tyner showed why he is still one of the best ...


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Molly Johnson Offers Winnipeggers an Eclectic Mix of Music

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Molly Johnson 2006 Jazz Winnipeg Festival McPhillips Street Station June 25, 2006 Looking very elegant in a shimmering knee-length skirt, matching high heels, and white tank top, vocalist Molly Johnson delighted a sold-out crowd on the final day of the 2006 Jazz Winnipeg Festival. Johnson may not be ...


Article: Live Review

Bobby Hutcherson Displays Both Virtuosity and Wit at the 2006 Jazz Winnipeg Festival

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Bobby Hutcherson Quartet Jazz Winnipeg Festival Manitoba Theatre Centre June 21, 2006 Bobby Hutcherson has proven himself to be a consistently brilliant musician for over forty years. The vibraphonist brought his quartet to town last week as part of the Jazz Winnipeg Festival. Not surprisingly, they performed admirably. The ...


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SF Jazz Collective: SF Jazz Collective 2

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The SF Jazz Collective's second Nonesuch release focuses on the compositions of John Coltrane, with a few originals thrown into the mix. Despite the fact that this ensemble has so many “stars, its cohesiveness as a unit is palpable. No one seems to steal the spotlight, although certain musicians are featured on specific tunes. ...


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Christian Scott: Rewind That

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The future of the trumpet in jazz appears to be in able hands. Wynton Marsalis may now be a veteran, but he's still relatively young at 44; the same can be said of Roy Hargrove, eight years his junior. Nicholas Payton has many releases under his own name and is a sought-after sideman, for example with ...


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Taylor Eigsti: Lucky To Be Me

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To play with veteran jazzmen like Christian McBride and Lewis Nash at the tender age of 21, you have to have both talent and a good dose of confidence. Pianist Taylor Eigsti possesses both of these traits and then some, as his first album on Concord, Lucky To Be Me, indicates. McBride and Nash ...


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