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Mike Reed's People, Places & Things: About Us

Read "About Us" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Mike Reed's People, Places & Things was conceived as a band dedicated to reviving and expanding on aspects of the Chicago jazz scene of the late 1950s, bringing a fresh approach and contemporary ideas to the music of that era. About Us continues in that vein, but as the title states, its focus is more on ...


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Paul Giallorenzo: Get In To Go Out

Read "Get In To Go Out" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Pianist Paul Giallorenzo locates the jazz he makes with his quintet somewhere in the early 1960s, when post-bop was getting ready to explode into free jazz and its pioneers were rooted in swing, but thinking outward thoughts. Eric Dolphy's Out To Lunch (Blue Note, 1964), Ornette Coleman's Tomorrow Is The Question (Contemporary, 1959), and Andrew Hill's ...


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Rodrigo Amado: The Abstract Truth

Read "The Abstract Truth" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Saxophonist Rodrigo Amado, bassist Kent Kessler, and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love is an international trio featuring players from Portugal, United States and Norway, respectively. But on its second recording, The Abstract Truth, the assemblage speaks the same language; its mother tongue being hard-hitting, concise improvisation. This disc follows the Teatro (European Echoes, 2006), the trio's ...


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Newport Jazz Festival 55: A Weekend to Savor

Read "Newport Jazz Festival 55: A Weekend to Savor" reviewed by Ken Franckling

George Wein's CareFusion Jazz Festival 55Newport, Rhode IslandAugust 7-9, 2009In this 40th anniversary summer of Woodstock, the musical love-in took place in Newport, not upstate New York. And it wasn't a matter of nostalgia. It was all about the Phoenix-like return of the jazz festival after a winter of uncertainty. Once ...


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