Aidan Levy

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01/15/13    Undertones

Artful Joy
John Daversa

The Los Angeles jazz scene has a briskness, muscularity and cosmopolitanism to it that trumpeter and composer John Daversa has absorbed by osmosis. Though he’s toured internationally, the California native never strayed far from his Hollywood home base...

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01/03/13    Undertones

Granular Alchemy
Jacob Anderskov

The prolific pianist and composer Jacob Anderskov specializes in creating spontaneous order. It’s not that his tendency toward cacophony and his percussive style are particularly organized. Rather, through the spontaneity of it all, Anderskov’s elaborate...

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12/10/12    Undertones

Quartet
Max Johnson

An acolyte of avant-garde bassist Henry Grimes, Max Johnson imbues his Hungarian flatback with an unhinged fervor on this promising debut, a collection of six originals for piano-less quartet that filter a range of genres through a distinctly free prism...

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12/06/12    Features

Reggie Quinerly: Talk of the Town

The Houston drummer explores Houston history and his own heritage

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11/28/12    Undertones

116th & Park
Greg Skaff

Guitarist Greg Skaff is one of those musician’s musicians who can effortlessly do whatever the situation calls for without breaking a sweat. On this hard-bop-centric session inspired by East Harlem, he cuts loose with a first-rate trio featuring (mostly...

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11/25/12    Education

Manhattan School of Music's Jazz Program Celebrates Its 30th Year

Where versatile music education is delivered by famous faculty

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11/19/12    Education

After Hours: A Brief Introduction to the Jazz Jam Session

Plus: Where to hang in NYC to catch a jam

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11/06/12    Albums

Alone Together with Bobby Rose
Pat Martino

Pat Martino’s collaboration with Bobby Rose eventually led to Baiyina (The Clear Evidence): Psychedelic Excursions Through the Magical Mysteries of the Koran , a 1968 raga-based album inspired by Ravi Shankar, but the two Philly guitarists’ path to fusion...

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11/03/12    Albums

Jan Garbarek
Dansere

The advent of Jan Garbarek in the late ’60s created a riptide. Here was a tenor saxophonist from Norway, of all places, who, like nearly everyone else at the time, emerged from the shadow of John Coltrane. But Garbarek flaunted such a raw, individual sound...

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10/20/12    Albums

Shifting Gears
Jerry Bergonzi

Jerry Bergonzi has spent his career based in Boston, his hometown. But despite only having lived in New York for several years, he is still widely regarded as one of the finest tenor players on the international scene. This album of originals highlights...

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10/12/12    Albums

Tigerface
Marco Benevento

Marco Benevento’s organ intro to opener “Limbs of a Pine” recalls the Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” but the comparison ends there, as vocalist Kalmia Traver of the indie-rock band Rubblebucket comes in with the surrealistic line “We wanna have a time/Wanna wake...

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09/14/12    Albums

Compared To That
Brian Bromberg

Since the ’80s, journeyman bassist Brian Bromberg has carved a niche for himself by creatively using pop repertory, and in the summer he continued that tradition with the release of three eclectic albums. On Compared to That , the hard-swinging record of...

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09/07/12    Albums

Origins
Stephane Wrembel

Woody Allen’s Oscar-winning 2011 film Midnight in Paris owes much of its nostalgic charm to guitarist Stephane Wrembel’s “Bistro Fada,” the whimsical theme that accompanies Owen Wilson’s time-traveling journey from the modern-day quays of the Seine back...

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08/12/12    Features

Henry Cole: Puerto Africa

A drummer infuses Afrobeat with his own eclectic identity

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06/24/12    Features

Kenny Garrett: Seeds of History

The alto saxophonist explores his musical and personal past

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06/23/12    Albums

On Target
John Colianni Quintet

Louis Armstrong said that the faster the tempo, the more he could relax, a maxim that certainly applies to this love letter to the swing era. The longtime pianist in the Les Paul Trio, John Colianni boasts a sense of repose that only comes with serious technical...

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Aidan Levy joined the JazzTimes community on Dec 16, 2009