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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club: Adventures

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Adventures is the high-energy first release of Explorer's Club, led by accomplished saxophonist and composer Charlie Kohlhase. The septet includes a guitarist, bassist, two drummers, two saxophonists, and trombonist. Kohlhase puts together their expertise to produce an impressive range of instrumental combinations, timbres, and textures in the outside-but-accessible style for which he's known. Kohlhase's compositions (all ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

The Pierre Hurel Trio at the Regattabar, Cambridge, MA

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The Pierre Hurel Trio Regattabar Cambridge, Massachusetts April 15, 2009 For his first Regattabar show in a year, pianist and composer Pierre Hurel introduced his new trio and premiered a number of new compositions. Twenty-five years ago, Hurel arrived from France to study jazz at Berklee College, and he stayed ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jamie Baum Septet at Wellesley College, MA

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The Jamie Baum Septet Houghton Memorial Chapel, Wellesley College Wellesley, Massachusetts September 19, 2008 Flutist-composer Jamie Baum and her septet presented a striking contrast to the imposing Gothic Revival Chapel at Wellesley College, the setting for the ensemble's Friday night performance. The concert was one stop in a tour celebrating ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kerry Politzer: You Took Me In

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Following her three releases as a jazz pianist who composes much of her material, Kerry Politzer steps out as a singer-songwriter with You Took Me In. As well as performing all the vocals, she plays piano with the band, which consists entirely of jazz musicians. Although the turn from jazz piano to pop-oriented song may seem ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Leslie Pintchik: Quartets

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Leslie Pintchik Quartets Ambient Records 2007 Both quartets on Quartets include pianist Leslie Pintchik, bassist Scott Hardy and drummer Mark Dodge. One quartet extends its percussion section with Satoshi Takeishi, who played drums and percussion on Pintchik's first release, So Glad to Be Here (Ambient Records, 2004). The other quartet ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Satoko Fujii: Bell The Cat!, Illusion Suite, Minerva, Zephyros, and Angelona

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This article looks at five recent albums by pianist and composer Satoko Fujii. Bell The Cat! and Illusion Suite were recorded by the Satoko Fujii Trio. Minerva, Zephyros and Angelona were recorded by the Satoko Fujii Quartet. Fujii's trio plays avant-garde jazz that uses Eastern European or Balkan scales, and complex meters. Bassist ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Satoko Fujii: Blueprint, Before The Dawn, Sketches, Live In Japan 2004, Fragment

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The prolific pianist, composer and bandleader Satoko Fujii performs and records with a variety of musical configurations. Discs by her two, well established, small groups--the Satoko Fujii Trio and Satoko Fujii Quartet--are reviewed in Part One of this article. Fujii also leads two jazz orchestras, both of which include Natsuki Tamura playing trumpet ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Tchicai/Kohlhase/Fewell Trio at Brookline Tai-Chi, Brookline, MA

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Tchicai/Kohlhase/Fewell TrioBrookline Tai-ChiBrookline, MAApril 14, 2006 The John Tchicai/Charlie Kohlhase/Garrison Fewell Trio performed on April 14 at Brookline Tai-Chi, host to an adventurous jazz series (other recent shows have included the Fully Celebrated Orchestra). The venue is an airy, vaulted studio with live acoustics that carried pleasantly the sound of the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

JazzArtSigns Concert at Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston

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JazzArtSigns Wheelock Family Theatre Boston, MA March 9, 2006 A JazzArtSigns performance encompasses music, visual art, and words, and it's designed to be artistically as well as physically accessible to everyone in the audience. An exhilarating JazzArtSigns concert drew a sell-out crowd to the Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Syncopated Rhythms: African American Art from the George and Joyce Wein Collection, Boston University

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On view at the Boston University Art Gallery, Syncopated Rhythms features works by African American artists, selected from the collection of jazz impresario George Wein and his late wife Joyce Wein. The artworks were created between the early twentieth century and today, but most are dated in the 1940s through 1970s. Artists represented include Romare Bearden, ...


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