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Dave Liebman & Martial Solal: Masters in Bordeaux (Sunnyside)

When it comes to improvisational savvy and interpretive insight, it doesn’t get any better than these two. NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman has decoded and developed numerous forms of language over the course of the past 50 years, exploring and expanding the boundaries of jazz while establishing himself as a guiding light in the music. … Read More “Dave Liebman & Martial Solal: Masters in Bordeaux (Sunnyside)”

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Bobby Watson: Made in America (Smoke Sessions)

History has a way of elevating some heroes and obscuring others. Made in America from saxophonist Bobby Watson serves as something of a corrective to that kind of presentational injustice. Over the course of 65 minutes, his soulful alto rolls out a series of musical portraits highlighting the contributions of important yet oft-overlooked African-American pioneers. A few … Read More “Bobby Watson: Made in America (Smoke Sessions)”

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The Tools of Engagement: Attracting New Audiences

If you poll a cross-section of jazz-band directors about what they’re working on at any given moment, you’re almost certain to receive some similar responses. Many will likely cite specific charts, composers and arrangers, noting the levels and styles of music that their ensembles are exploring in preparation for a concert or competition. Others might … Read More “The Tools of Engagement: Attracting New Audiences”

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Handful of Keys (Blue Engine)

An unlimited number of possibilities rest within the piano’s 88 keys, and this survey of a century’s worth of jazz piano offers proof of that fact. Six pianists of various vintage, background and taste rotate on and off the bench here, joining Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in an engaging program … Read More “Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Handful of Keys (Blue Engine)”

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