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Mysterium: For Quintet

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Improv jazz is, by nature, a creature best observed in its natural habitat: the live performance. This is especially true of groups who've been at it a while, as the interaction between players is half the fun. With a new group like Eric Eigner's Mysterium, it seems the opposite can be true. There's scarce onstage chemistry ...


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Nakatani-Chen Duo: Limn

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One of the highlights of the Vision Club series in 2005 was a crowd-pleasing duet set with legendary violinist Billy Bang and the brilliant percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. With a lesser drummer, this might've been a case of star-player-with-accompaniment, but that was far from what happened. Nakatani was more than up for his share of the spotlight, ...


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Microscopic Sextet: Seven Men in Neckties & Surrealistic Swing

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Microscopic Septet Seven Men in Neckties Cuneiform 2006 Microscopic Septet Surrealistic Swing Cuneiform 2006 The Microscopic Septet's founder Phillip Johnston frequently posits that the band's music, much ...


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John Hollenbeck: Joys & Desires & Sequence

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John Hollenbeck & Jazz Bigband Graz Joys & Desires Intuition 2005 Jorrit Dijkstra + John Hollenbeck Sequence Trytone 2006 Jazz' tradition police may have a necessary role ...


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Chris Welcome / Shayna Dulberger / John McLellan: Wound Unwound and Within

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Talented musicians seem to arrive in New York by the busload every day. In fact, the music schools, local and otherwise, are churning them out yearly and depositing them unceremoniously onto the mean streets of this city, where they compete for scanty gigs and elusive attention. Two recent arrivals, bassist Shayna Dulberger and guitarist/cellist Chris Welcome, ...


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Graham Haynes/Hardedge: Austere Geometry & Reality Eclipsed

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Graham Haynes Austere Geometry Hardedge 2005 Graham Haynes Reality Eclipsed Hardedge 2006 Some jazz musicians lean hard toward experimentation. A few fall over the rail. Trumpeter Graham ...


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Guitar Fest: Ophiuchus Butterfly & Two Hours

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Liberty Ellman Ophiuchus Butterfly Pi 2006 Samo Salomon Two Hours Fresh Sound-New Talent 2006 For starters, Ophiuchus is a constellation, a group of stars. In titling his ...


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Odean Pope Saxophone Choir: Locked and Loaded

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On Locked and Loaded, Odean Pope and his saxophone choir offer up lush, drum-tight voicings as gorgeous and rich as any golden age big band section, then shift gear from full-throated crooning to full-throttle blowing with no audible effort. The first two tracks, both Pope originals, set the agenda: the standard-ish ballad “Epitome," which is nearly ...


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Modern Jazz Guitar: Vol.19: Acoustic Guitar and The Compass, Log and Lead

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Barry Chabala Vol.19: Acoustic Guitar Sachimay 2006 Frith, Wishart, Kihlstedt The Compass, Log and Lead Intakt 2006 A guitarist's scraping, tapping, twisting and tweaking the strings of the instrument is ...


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Ray Russell: Goodbye Svengali

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Heavy chops and slick production values are the dominant traits of this recording by British guitar wizard Ray Russell. While offering due tribute to the guitar master's powers, I would have liked to have heard more ideas and fewer effects. Russell was called up from the minors near the time fusion was starting ...


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