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Velvet Gentlemen

Label: OmniTone
Released: 2007
Track listing: Many Worlds Theory; Nothing is Real; Place of Enlightenment; Door to Yesterday; Velvet Gentlemen; Closed Loops in Time; I

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Dan Willis: Velvet Gentlemen

Read "Velvet Gentlemen" reviewed by Jim Santella

Taking its title from a pet nickname that was applied to composer Erik Satie by children in his neighborhood, Velvet Gentlemen features multi-instrumentalist Dan Willis with a modern mainstream sextet, freely interpreting eleven original pieces. The band covers a lot of territory. The leader plays eleven woodwind instruments on the session, including tenor and soprano saxophones, ...

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Dan Willis: Velvet Gentlemen

Read "Velvet Gentlemen" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Just like you need know nothing about cryptography to enjoy and be blown away by Rudresh Mahanthappa's Codebook, you need no knowledge of Erik Satie (his music, or his idiosyncratic dressing habits) or Werner Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle to appreciate and get lost in Velvet Gentlemen. (Both of the above ideas inspired Dan Willis in various ways ...

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Dan Willis: Velvet Gentlemen

Read "Velvet Gentlemen" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Facciamo fatica a comprendere cosa c'entrino Eric Satie e i paradossi della fisica quantistica di Max Planck, ampiamente citati nelle note di copertina, con l’ultima fatica discografica di Dan Willis. Ma poco importa, perché Velvet Gentlemen, nomignolo affibbiato a Satie per le giacche abitualmente indossate, è un buon disco ed un ottimo esempio di jazz moderno, ...

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Dan Willis: Velvet Gentlemen

Read "Velvet Gentlemen" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

File under: Eric Satie Jazz or Quantum Physics Jazz. I don't know f you have to intellectualize the music, only one of the above subjects is necessary for me. On his third album, multi-reed player Dan Willis reports in the liner notes of Velvet Gentlemen that his writing for this album was influenced by ...

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Dan Willis: Velvet Gentlemen

Read "Velvet Gentlemen" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

It's hard not to like a band that calls itself “Velvet Gentlemen, even before learning that the moniker derives from a nickname given to the velvet-clad composer Erik Satie by children in his Parisian neighborhood. It's similarly easy to appreciate the sound of the compositions and arrangements on this record even before knowing that they are ...

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Dan Willis: Velvet Gentlemen

Read "Velvet Gentlemen" reviewed by John Kelman

Even those who get the titular reference of woodwind multi-instrumentalist Dan Willis' Velvet Gentlemen will be challenged to find a clear link. Those with only a passing acquaintance with classical composer Erik Satie (1866-1925)--nicknamed “The Velvet Gentleman because of his predilection for velvet jackets--will find little in Willis' sometimes complex, often electric and improvisation-oriented music to ...


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