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05/04/10    Albums

Kristian Lind Trio

Since this is the debut recording of the Stockholm based double bassist Lind it is highly unlikely that most people reading this article will have any knowledge of him; I had none when I received this recording. This saxophone trio recording is not only...


05/02/10    Albums

Gene Segal

Segal is based in Brooklyn, this is the guitarist’s debut recording. Eight of the ten tunes are in organ trio format with drummer Matt Kane and organist Sam Barsh; all tunes are originals. The other two tunes also have saxophones and trumpet. Only the under...


04/02/10    Albums

Epic Journey Volumes I & II
Adam Niewood and His Rabble Rousers

Niewood is the son of the late Gerry Niewood and has previously recorded one other CD as a leader. This 118 minute double CD set features a crew of young NYC-based musicians performing in a wide variety of post-bop styles, with Niewood playing five different...


04/02/10    Albums

Michael Treni

Treni composed and arranged everything on his CD for a larger group of eighteen musicians on most tunes. The recording quality is state of the art and the sound of Ron Vincent’s drum kit is especially well reproduced. Virtuoso tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi...


04/02/10    Albums

John Vanore & Abstract Truth

Vanore plays trumpet, flugelhorn, and lead a “small” big band of thirteen musicians that recorded the eight tracks on this CD in 1991. The only tune not composed by Vanore or other members of the group is Frank Foster’s “Simone”, which is well arranged and...


03/29/10    Albums

Larry McKenna

Tenor saxophonist McKenna is a long standing fixture of the Philadelphia jazz scene. He presents here eight tunes in standard quartet format and two others featuring vocalist Nancy Reed. The material is mostly familiar, including three tunes by Cole Porter...


02/07/10    Albums

Brad Dutz/Vinny Golia

Dutz plays over twenty different percussion instruments and Golia over ten different reed instruments on over seventy-three minutes of music. Dutz composed three of the fourteen pieces and the rest were jointly improvised. The musical elements available...


01/30/10    Books

The Contradictions of Jazz
Paul Rinzler

Rinzler explores ”four pairs of opposites in jazz; individualism and interconnectedness, assertion and openness, freedom and responsibility, and creativity and tradition.” He examines each of them in detail in a separate chapter and then discusses how they...


01/26/10    Albums

From Yucatan To Rio
Gabriel Espinosa

Espinosa is from Yucatan and has been drawn artistically to Brazil. The results are generally an update of the Sergio Mendes pre hip hop sound with relatively static (as opposed to interactive) rhythm arrangements, and female vocals on five of the ten tracks...


01/24/10    Albums

Trip To the Casbah
Nathan Ecklund

Trumpeter Ecklund’s ten original tunes are all well thought out and arranged and have generated fine performances from a quintet of relatively well known NYC area musicians. The band seems to have been stimulated by the tunes and to have have gelled during...


01/22/10    Albums

National Pastime
Dave Glenn

Trombonist Glenn was inspired by baseball to write and arrange eight tunes for a sextet with the most typical Jazz Messengers’ instrumentation of trumpet, tenor, trombone, piano, bass and drums. All of the titles of the tunes (for example, “Lost in the Sun”...


01/22/10    Albums

All Things Familiar
Dan Adler

Guitarist Adler assembled four other musicians, brothers Grant and Philip Stewart on tenor sax and drums, Richard Samuels on piano and Dmitri Kolesnik on bass, and a ten song, very attractively packaged CD results. The title is appropriate; the forms and...


01/20/10    Albums

Hank and Frank II
Hank Jones and Frank Wess

Hank Jones and Frank Wess Hank and Frank II Lineage Records Frank Wess Nonet Once Is Not Enough Labeth Music The second meeting of Hank and Frank is built around a menu of “less than” standards and “too” standards and features performances by guitarist Ilya...


01/18/10    Albums

The Wizard of Jazz: A Tribute to Harold Arlen
The Peter Hand Big Band featuring Houston Person

Guitarist Hand organized a big band featuring musicians who will be very familiar to jazz fans and arranged Harold Arlen tunes and composed one of his own for a concert at Irvington Town Hall Theater in 2005 commemorating the centennial of Arlen’s birth...


01/13/10    Albums

Lovers, Tales & Dances
Dominick Farinacci

Trumpeter Farinacci is a 26 year old Julliard graduate who has recorded six records which I have not heard on a Japanese label; this is his first US release. The record is in many ways a successful update of the type of record released by CTI in the early...


01/11/10    Books

The Jazz Composer: Moving Music Off the Paper
Graham Collier

Bassist/educator/composer/ Collier often states that his mantra is “Jazz happens in real time ,once” and that this represents a challenge for the jazz composer since the composition is but the basis for the performance; what the musicians bring to it is...

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