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The Cookers at SFJazz

Read "The Cookers at SFJazz" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

The Cookers SF Jazz San Francisco, California September 26, 2014 When the legendary late jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard joined with saxophonist Lee Morgan and other musicians to perform at Brooklyn's Club La Marchal in April 1975, they produced The Night of the Cookers (Blue Note, 1965), one of history's classic ...


The New Jazz Composers Octet: The Turning Gate

Read "The Turning Gate" reviewed by Laurel Gross

Trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader David Weiss has been a fixture on the New York scene since returning to the city of his birth after graduating from North Texas State. Leader of the long-running  New Jazz Composers Octet, Weiss continues to evolve. The Turning Gate, the third album from the NJCO, though ...


New Jazz Composers Octet, "The Turning Gate," Available in October on Motema Music

New Jazz Composers Octet, "The Turning Gate," Available in October on Motema Music

CD Release Celebration - October 23 at The Iridium, NYC Hailed by critic Jim Macnie as a “think tank" of today's leading jazz talent, the New Jazz Composers Octet (NJCO) is proud to release The Turning Gate, its first recording for the Motema label and third album overall. Featuring ambitious new pieces by founder- trumpeter David ...


The New Jazz Composers Octet: Walkin' the Line

Read "Walkin' the Line" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Walkin' the line sta per camminare sul filo di un compromesso difficile quanto fertile per il futuro del jazz: costruire una musica che abbia le caratteristiche di riconoscibilità melodica e ritmica proprie dell'esperienza afroamericana senza rinunciare alla ricerca. Proseguire la strada di artisti come Wayne Shorter - in grado di comporre melodie memorabili, poste su veri ...


The New Jazz Composers Octet: Walkin' The Line

Read "Walkin' The Line" reviewed by Jim Santella

Rather than going with the common straight-ahead formula of head-solos-head, the New Jazz Composers Octet prefers ensemble counterpoint in which agreed-upon changes add a sense of the exotic. Shifting harmonies and juxtaposed meters combine with the artists’ natural rhythmic swing and reverence for tonal purity. David Weiss’ title track, for example, opens with the kinds of ...


The New Jazz Composers Octet: First Steps Into Reality

Read "First Steps Into Reality" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Before appraising the music, a word about the concept — and what a wonderful one it is, a group of young Jazz musicians coming together to nurture their skills as composers and explore their ever–widening musical capabilities. The NJCO, formed in 1996 by trumpeter David Weiss, provides the pathway over which these aspiring writers are able ...


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