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Tomoko Omura: Roots

Read "Roots" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The roots of the title of violinist Tomoko Omura's second CD as leader refer to traditional and popular melodies familiar to several generations of Japanese. But if the melodies of Omura's childhood have left an indelible stamp on her musical DNA, so too has the past decade spent in America absorbing the roots of jazz. It's ...

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Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six: Such Sweet Thunder

Read "Such Sweet Thunder" reviewed by Jack Bowers


For the mathematically challenged, Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six equals eleven. In other words, it's Thompson's working quintet, the Marble City Five, amplified by half a dozen horns. On its debut recording, the Knoxville, TN-based ensemble performs music by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonious Monk and--brace yourself--country singer Dolly Parton. In fact, Parton's “Little Sparrow," the ...

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Bobby Avey: Authority Melts From Me

Read "Authority Melts From Me" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Former Thelonious Monk competition winner, pianist Bobby Avey has been creating a buzz in the jazz community based on the strengths of his three previous solo outings. Yet Authority Melts From Me is his first quintet led outing, inspired by his respect for the people of Haiti and the slave revolt, leading to the country's independence ...

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Dominic Lash: Opabinia

Read "Opabinia" reviewed by John Sharpe


As British bassist Dominic Lash explains in the liners to his Quartet's debut Opabinia, both the album and several of the tracks on it are named after extinct creatures excavated as fossils from the Burgess Shale of British Columbia. That inspiration arises from both the fabulous nature of the animals and paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould's musings ...

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Article: Live Review

T. S. Monk at 38th Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival

Read "T. S. Monk at 38th Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival" reviewed by Matt Marshall


T. S. Monk Sextet 38th Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival Kirtland, Ohio February 27, 2010 Although the last of the February snow onslaughts tried its best to kill the 38th annual Lakeland Jazz Festival--the longest-running jazz festival in Northeast Ohio--and did, indeed, postpone trumpeter Sean Jones' scheduled February 26 performance until ...


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