Andrew Lindemann Malone

Andrew Lindemann’s Contributions

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June 2007    Albums

Ma Fleur
Cinematic Orchestra

A story lies somewhere in the 10 tracks on the Cinematic Orchestra’s Ma Fleur, the group’s first album in five years. Jason Swinscoe, TCO’s founder and leader, wrote the songs and gave them to a screenwriter, who then wrote tales about the songs that influenced...

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April 2007    Albums

Plays Mozart
Uri Caine Ensemble

Uri Caine’s take on the music of Mozart comes to the United States just a little too late to join the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of Wolfie’s birth in 2006. While the anniversary tributes were often dutiful and routine, Caine’s playful deconstructions...

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January/February 2007    Albums

Dogs of Great Indifference
Jim Black’s Alasnoaxis

In music without an axis, even the most emphatic statements feel slippery, and the musicians can only survive by constantly moving forward and inventing new paths. On Dogs of Great Indifference, Jim Black’s fourth album leading his AlasNoAxis band, the drummer...

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January/February 2007    Albums

Melao
Francisco Mela

On Melao, his first album as a leader, drummer Francisco Mela uses his sticks and his pen to craft spacious, lucid tracks with songful melodies and complex solos that always feel fresh and unlabored. With bassist Peter Slavov and keyboardist Leo Genovese...

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January/February 2007    Albums

Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
Ed Palermo Big Band

More than perhaps any other 20th-century musician, Frank Zappa celebrated both the visceral and the cerebral, obscuring and enhancing his memorable melodies with mercurial, complex harmonies, irregular variations on rock and funk rhythms, and bawdy humor...

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September 2006    Albums

Focus
Marc Cary Trio

Marc Cary says his Focus trio seeks “a collaboration of three cultures.” On the trio’s debut, pianist and composer Cary draws on his Native American roots, bassist David Ewell takes bracing harmonic angles on the material that are inspired by traditional...

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September 2006    Albums

Poet's Walk
Jazzhole

You never know what you’ll dig up when you reach your hand into the Jazzhole, but for the past few years the ’holes had a surfeit of soul, as on the band’s newest album, Poet’s Walk. Founding members Warren Rosenstein, Marlon Saunders and John Pondel have...

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September 2006    Albums

Husky
Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet

The five-horn frontline of Skerik’s Syncopated Taint Septet, led by the one-named Skerik on tenor sax, can make gripping chaos from contrary motion or craft harmonies at once soft and rich. Joe Doria’s Hammond B3 and the drum work of John Wicks solidify...

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July/August 2006    Albums

Kali's Son
Jonas Hellborg

Bassist Jonas Hellborg has worked with Indian percussionist Selvaganesh on a number of albums that draw equally on Indian classical music, rock and jazz. On Kali’s Son, they are joined by Niladri Kumar, who plays the sitar and the zitar, a five-string version...

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July/August 2006    Albums

Serbia
Rale Micic featuring Tom Harrell

Guitarist Rale Micic’s second album, Serbia, features cozy melodies in intimate settings that spotlight their lyrical ardor. (The only dissonance the album produces is the cognitive dissonance between the Serbia of CNN and Serbia’s mostly contemplative music...

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July/August 2006    Albums

Pictures at an Exhibition
Charles Pillow

You don’t really have to know anything about Modest Mussorgsky (one of the innovative, earthy Russian nationalist composers of the late 19th century) or “Pictures at an Exhibition” (his most popular work) to appreciate the sprawling, absorbing arrangement...

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July/August 2006    Albums

Sacred Music of Duke Ellington
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra

Before this review delves into the overarching aesthetic issues with which we critics so like to concern ourselves, I should note that the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra’s two-CD compilation of pieces from Duke Ellington’s three Sacred Concerts provides...

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June 2006    Albums

Periodic Trespasses (The Saul Cycle)
Sam Bardfeld

Violinist Sam Bardfeld tries his hand at writing and narration as well as bandleading and composition on Periodic Trespasses (The Saul Cycle), crafting a tongue-in-cheek tale of a luckless dude named Saul and his abiding passion for the Renaissance krummhorn...

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June 2006    Albums

Sludge Test
Gutbucket

If you wanted to be fastidious about classifying Gutbucket, you might say it’s a rock band with jazz chops and inclinations. But Gutbucket probably wouldn’t want you to be fastidious: While its latest album, Sludge Test, has more than its share of canny...

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June 2006    Albums

Sacred Music of Duke Ellington
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra

Before this review delves into the overarching aesthetic issues with which we critics so like to concern ourselves, I should note that the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra’s two-CD compilation of pieces from Duke Ellington’s three Sacred Concerts provides...

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May 2006    Albums

Nothing Serious
Roy Hargrove

The latest works from trumpeter Roy Hargrove, Nothing Serious and Distractions, do not attempt to bridge the gap between the brilliant straightahead jazz he played for most of his career and the soul, funk and hip-hop grooves that his RH Factor laid down...

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