Shaun Brady

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09/29/12    Albums

Altitude
Joe Morris/William Parker/Gerald Cleaver

Remarkably, despite their heftily prolific discographies and the fact that their list of collaborators comprises a Venn diagram with little non-overlapping space, Altitude marks the first time that Joe Morris, William Parker and Gerald Cleaver have worked...

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09/28/12    Albums

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While on tour in Australia in January 2007, the Esbjörn Svensson Trio spent two days in Sydney’s Studio 301, jamming in order to workshop new material. Prior to his tragic death in a scuba diving accident a little more than a year later, Svensson had edited...

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09/20/12    Albums

Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio
Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio

Composition is a challenging and elusive craft at the best of times, so it’s undeniably impressive that the Proverb Trio can practice it spontaneously with such cohesion and invention. The trio, led by Dafnis Prieto, collectively improvises songs based around...

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09/19/12    Features

Neneh Cherry's Freedom Thing

The adventurous vocalist finds common ground with a free-jazz trio

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09/13/12    Albums

Saltash Bells
John Surman

Multireedist John Surman’s first solo effort in nearly two decades is a deeply autobiographical affair, consciously evoking his youth in the English West Country. The title, Saltash Bells, references the chimes of a church in Cornwall that Surman recalls...

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08/27/12    Albums

Brooklyn DNA
Joe McPhee/Ingebrigt Haker Flaten

Multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee and Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten have been collaborating for the better part of a decade, chiefly through McPhee’s work with Flaten’s agro-jazz trio The Thing. Their second duo release is a far more restrained...

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08/16/12    Overdue Ovation

Michael Musillami: The Power of Three

With 'Mettle,' the guitarist-composer presents a 'journal' with trio

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08/11/12    Albums

Live at Smalls
Rick Germanson Quartet

SmallsLIVE was designed to offer listeners without easy access to the Greenwich Village club the opportunity to experience the atmosphere without the travel expenses. Pianist Rick Germanson fully embraces that mission, offering a rough-hewn, feel-over-finesse...

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08/06/12    Albums

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Elliott Sharp

When you’ve developed as distinctive a voice on a particular instrument as Elliott Sharp has on the guitar, it can be dangerous to turn your attention to a completely different one; you run the risk of diluting an individual sound. The ever-prolific Sharp...

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08/05/12    Albums

Extension
Clare Fischer Orchestra

Clare Fischer’s 1963 masterwork makes its belated CD debut mere months after the composer-pianist’s death in January. The reissue makes for an eloquent epitaph, a lovely statement of impressionistic West Coast modernism. In Fischer’s arrangements can be...

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07/23/12    Albums

Me, Myself & I
Kenny Werner

In the liner notes to his latest CD, Kenny Werner expresses a dislike of performing solo because “there’s no one to react to.” Hence the scarcity of solo outings in the pianist’s considerable discography, which is dominated by his renowned trio work. The...

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07/05/12    Features

The Best of Tim Berne

A brief guide to the saxophonist's most notable work

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07/05/12    Albums

Overseas IV
Eivind Opsvik

It’s become commonplace to speak of open-minded progressive jazz composers as looking simultaneously forward and backward, reaching into the past while pushing into the future. The time span in question, however, can typically be measured in decades, spanning...

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06/27/12    Albums

The Tip of the Sword
Conrad Herwig, Richie Beirach, Jack DeJohnette

Much of trombonist Conrad Herwig’s activity in recent years has been focused on exploring the so-called Latin side of jazz giants like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. Though not without their charms, those albums’ central concept...

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06/06/12    Albums

Dialect Fluorescent
Steve Lehman

The picture most often drawn of the modern jazz landscape is one of schism, a split between heart and head. On the one hand are the traditionalists, keeping the flame of swing and standards burning; on the other the intellectuals, rejoicing in complexity...

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05/29/12    Albums

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Herculaneum

On their fifth release, a vinyl LP and digital download, the Chicago-based sextet Herculaneum has grown into a taut, high-impact unit, its four-horn frontline weaving together into a formidable and flexible vehicle for the band’s hard-charging grooves. This...

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Shaun Brady joined the JazzTimes community on Jun 17, 2008