Brent Burton

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June 2006    Albums

Deez to Blues
Mario Pavone Sextet

Despite being 17 albums into a career as leader, bassist Mario Pavone is perhaps best known for his stint with the Thomas Chapin trio, a Knitting Factory-affiliated group that was capable of some of the most tuneful and energizing jazz of the early- and...

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May 2006    Albums

Garden of Eden
Paul Motian Band

Paul Motian, a septuagenarian who once worked with Thelonious Monk, says that the larger of his two regular groups, a semirepertory septet that used to be called the Paul Motian Electric Bebop Band but is now known as the Paul Motian Band, was formed “to...

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May 2006    Albums

Goodbye Svengali
Ray Russell

You probably know Ray Russell’s playing even if you’ve never heard the guy’s name. The British guitarist, a pro since 1963, has added licks to James Bond flicks as well as to popular albums by Tina Turner and Robert Plant. Much of his nonsession work, however...

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May 2006    Albums

Vossabrygg
Terje Rypdal

Vossabrygg, the latest from Norwegian guitarist Terje Rypdal, recorded live at the Vossa Jazz festival, is something of a tribute to one of jazz-rock’s most sacred artifacts, Miles Davis’ circa-’69 head-expander Bitches Brew. Rypdal, a guitarist whose playing...

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December 2005    Albums

Gold Sounds
James Carter, Cyrus Chestnut, Ali Jackson, Reginald Veal

Pavement is not the most obvious choice for an instrumental-jazz tribute. The '90s-era indie rock outfit is known for many things--its lit-grad lyrics, its slack musicianship, its style (for miles and miles)--but perhaps the least of which is the jazz-worthiness...

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December 2005    Albums

It's Mostly Residual
Cuong Vu

Like Dave Holland and Dave Douglas, two alt-jazz heavies who recently started their own labels, New York-based trumpeter Cuong Vu opts for the D.I.Y. route on his latest disc, It's Mostly Residual. A bold move, perhaps? Well, not exactly: Vu, a musician...

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November 2005    Albums

Suspicious Activity?
The Bad Plus

Ah, the Bad Plus, subject of many a heated debate. Dozens of jazz fans want to know: Is the "controversy" over this New York-based piano trio still simmering? Let's hope not. After all, nearly three years after the Bad Plus' breakthrough and Columbia debut...

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October 2005    Albums

A Nice Idea
John Abercrombie and Andy LaVerne

Unlike his recent ECM recordings-which suggest renewed interest in early-'70s progressivism-John Abercrombie's duo discs with pianist Andy LaVerne are pure Sunday brunch. Not that there's anything wrong with that; it's pleasant to hear the once-aggressive...

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October 2005    Albums

Geisterfaust
Bohren & Der Club of Gore

The four Germans in self-described "horror jazz" outfit Bohren & Der Club of Gore aren't so much jazz musicians influenced by rock as they are "drunken metalheads" who've opted for In a Silent Way-type instrumentation. Bohren keyboardist-bassist Morten Gass...

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October 2005    Albums

A Year From Easter
Christian Wallumrod Ensemble

A Rune Grammofon title in all but name, Norwegian pianist Christian Wallumrod's third disc as a leader, the slow-moving A Year From Easter, boasts a backing band that is closely associated with the genre-disrespecting label. Hardanger fiddle player Nils...

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July/August 2005    Albums

Spiritual Unity
Marc Ribot, Roy Campbell, Henry Grimes, Chad Taylor

A true restless spirit, guitarist Marc Ribot has tackled everything from avant noise to Cuban music to session work with Elvis Costello and Serge Gainsbourg. On Spiritual Unity, Ribot expands the breadth of his discography once again, this time paying tribute...

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July/August 2005    Albums

In the Kingdom of Kitsch You Will Be a Monster
Shining

The Rune Grammofon label describes the Norwegian quartet Shining as "progressive artrockmonsterjazz." But that tag is hardly expansive enough. On its third full-length, In the Kingdom of Kitsch You Will Be a Monster, the band evokes John Carpenter's clunky...

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About Brent Burton

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Brent Burton is a freelance writer from Washington, DC. He is a regular contributor to Jazz Times, Revolver, Decibel, and Washington City Paper. When not working, he spends much of his time with his wife and son.