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Phil Scarff

Saxophonist and composer Phil Scarff performs Indian classical music and jazz, and leads the acclaimed world-jazz ensembles, Natraj and the Lewis Porter-Phil Scarff Group. World-jazz appearances include India's JazzYatra and Prayojana International Music Festival; PANAFEST, Ghana's major international festival; the Guelph Jazz Festival, Canada; the Boston Globe Jazz Festival. Indian classical performances include India's famed Tansen Samaroh (Gwalior); Nehru Center, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. and Dadar-Matunga Cultural Centre (Mumbai); Saptak School of Music (Ahmedabad); Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture (Kolkata); ICCR Theater and India Habitat Centre (Delhi); and JKK (Jaipur)

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The JCA Orchestra: Live At The BPC

Read "Live At The BPC" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The JCA Orchestra has been an important part of the Boston jazz scene since it formed in 1985. Several of its recordings are dominated by the compositions of its leader, Darrell Katz, but this live concert from the Berklee Performance Center features works by several orchestra members other than Katz and gives a fuller picture of ...

Live At The BPC

Label: JCA Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Romanpole; The Latest; The Sixth Snake; Orange, Yellow, Blue; A Wallflower in the Amazon; Super Eyes - Private Heroes.

Faces Of Souls

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Meldtown; Sisyphus; Consecration; Greta; Of The People; Lament for the City; Faces of Souls.

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Darrell Katz: Rats Live on No Evil Star

Read "Rats Live on No Evil Star" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La bostoniana Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra è un ampio organico diretto da Darrell Katz e composto da musicisti legati a vario titolo con il New England Conservatory e il Berklee College of Music. Nei suoi trent'anni di attività ha pubblicato una decina di album caratterizzati dal coniugare entro forme compositive complesse e rigorose (con molti ...

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Darrell Katz and the JCA Orchestra: Rats Live on No Evil Star

Read "Rats Live on No Evil Star" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Listening to Darrell Katz's music, it boggles the mind that he is not celebrated as one of the best jazz composers-arrangers around. He has been creating ambitious and accessible works full of humor, social conscience and creativity for decades in the Boston area with the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra and other groups, yet you rarely hear ...

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Phil Scarff: Ragas on Saxophone

Read "Ragas on Saxophone" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Plenty of Western players have been inspired by the exotic sounds and qualities of Indian music. It's a much smaller number who've formally studied its classical traditions, however, and fewer still have been successful enough to master the forms and play to the acclaim of Indian audiences. Quick--can you name one off the top of your ...

Ragas on Saxophone

Label: Galloping Goat
Released: 2017
Track listing: Raga Puriya Dhanashri, Alap; Raga Puriya Dhanashri, Vilambit Ektaal; Raga Yaman, Eri Aali Piya Bina, Madhya Rupaktaal; Raga Yaman, Drut Tintaal; Mogara Phulala, Raga Gorakh Kalyan; Raga Rageshri, Alap; Raga Rageshri, Madhya Jhaptaal; Kajri Dhun.

Nuove esplorazioni dell'Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

Read "Nuove esplorazioni dell'Aardvark Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

I due ultimi album dell'Aardvark Jazz Orchestra confermano il versatile e poliedrico approccio del suo fondatore e leader, Mark Harvey. In una carriera di oltre quattro decenni la formazione bostoniana ha mostrato di operare con competenza e creatività in tutto l'arco dell'orchestrazione jazz: da rivisitazioni ellingtoniane a esplorazioni post-free, in sintesi tra momenti cameristici e libere ...

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Richard Nelson / Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: Deep River

Read "Deep River" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If the name of this new CD by guitarist Richard Nelson and Boston's intrepid Aardvark Jazz Orchestra sounds familiar, that's because it is the same as a spiritual of unknown origin that has been sung for perhaps hundreds of years in churches and other venues and recorded a number of times in films, once by the ...


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