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"Within Sight" by Damian Erskine

06/06/15    Albums

"Within Sight" by Damian Erskine

Travis Rogers

This is the album I have anxiously awaited for some time. It is Damian Erskine’s fourth recording as a leader and it is surely a high-water mark in his career. He wrote or co-wrote every song on the album and his performance with his quartet is absolutely...

Time for Beauty--Goh's "Blue Quiet Sound"

06/06/15    Albums

Time for Beauty--Goh's "Blue Quiet Sound"

Travis Rogers

Goh Kurosawa is one of the most gifted and dedicated guitarists anywhere. He has quickly and obviously attained master status, a true virtuoso. His own solo albums, as well as those with Sharp Three—with brother Kai Kurosawa and drummer Chuck van Haecke—has...

Farnell Newton is "Ready to Roll"

06/06/15    Albums

Farnell Newton is "Ready to Roll"

Travis Rogers

Farnell Newton is one of the finest young horn players to appear on the contemporary music scene. He has crossed musical territories with the ease and integrity of the venerable cats from Tower of Power and others like them. He has played funk in Bootsy...

“Risky Notion” by George Colligan and Theoretical Planets

06/06/15    Albums

“Risky Notion” by George Colligan and Theoretical Planets

Travis Rogers

George Colligan has released an album of new compositions with young musicians and Colligan himself in a new role with the CD “Risky Notion” by George Colligan and Theoretical Planets (Origin 82681).

Jeff Richman Walks the "Hotwire"

06/06/15    Albums

Jeff Richman Walks the "Hotwire"

Travis Rogers

I was all in from the start of this album—or maybe before—seeing that Jeff Richman is backed up by George Whitty on keys and the one-two punch of Jimmy Haislip (bass) and Vinnie Colaiuta (drums). That alone made me want to break into a chorus of “Hallelujah”...

Elina Duni Quartet's "Dallëndyshe"

06/06/15    Albums

Elina Duni Quartet's "Dallëndyshe"

Travis Rogers

“Love and exile carry the music of the whole world,” Elina Duni states. It is the basis of folk music and the music of her native Albania is replete with such themes. As wonderful as that folk music is, the challenge of transitioning those tunes and themes...

Andy Sheppard’s “Surrounded by Sea

06/06/15    Albums

Andy Sheppard’s “Surrounded by Sea

Travis Rogers

Andy Sheppard’s “Surrounded by Sea”—his third with ECM (ECM2432) is a Jazz tone poem. Think of Smetana’s “Moldau” and you get the idea. Being English, as he states, has always made him mindful of “being surrounded by the sea.” The entire album creates that...

"Eternal Monomyth"

06/06/15    Albums

"Eternal Monomyth"

Travis Rogers

“Eternal Monomyth,” the May of 2015 release from Gene Ess is a continuation of his previous album “Fractal Attrraction.” On both albums, Ess explores the interplay of instruments and the female voice. Also on both albums, the female voice is that of Thana...

06/03/15    Albums

Jazz and Colombian feeling

Christian Salgado

One of the best works that have passed through my hands, a valuable and fantastic exploration, not only of our beautiful Colombian rhythms, but of our feeling, with a unique maturity in the harmonization of lyrics and music.

Jazz and Colombian feeling

06/03/15    Albums

Jazz and Colombian feeling

Christian Salgado

Without any doubt, one a valuable and fantastic exploration, not only of our beautiful Colombian rhythms, but of our feeling and Jazz, with a unique maturity in the harmonization of lyrics and music, note by note build the great puzzle that is this work...

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