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GoGo Penguin: Man Made Object

As the JT reader will hear it, the British piano trio GoGo Penguin descends from acoustic jazz groups with pop tendencies-think the Bad Plus, e.s.t., certain ECM discs from the past couple decades, even the Brad Mehldau Trio in rock-interpreter mode. But whereas those bands can be discussed within a jazz-rooted narrative, GoGo Penguin amplifies … Read More “GoGo Penguin: Man Made Object”

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Pat Metheny: Hommage à Eberhard Weber

During the 1980s, guitarist-composer Pat Metheny became one of the most popular jazz musicians alive by leading a band whose melodies and textures seemed tailor-made for the nighttime air of a sprawling amphitheater. In more recent years, his small-group tours have been more consistent and satisfying than most primetime rock acts could manage. And then … Read More “Pat Metheny: Hommage à Eberhard Weber”

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Jakob Bro: Gefion

The 37-year-old Danish guitarist and composer Jakob Bro, whose sideman credits include drummer Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band and Tomasz Stanko’s Dark Eyes Quintet, deals almost exclusively with the sort of twinkling, reflective, melancholic music that descends ultimately from midcentury chamber jazz and directly from Motian’s trio with guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Joe Lovano. … Read More “Jakob Bro: Gefion”

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The Bad Plus Joshua Redman: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman

When the Bad Plus made its major-label debut in 2003, it was possible to accept it as a paradigm shift in piano-trio language. TBP has seen plenty of copycats since, but in the end its graces were too singular, its confluences too rare, to be ingested as a touchstone. Because of this distinctiveness, the band’s … Read More “The Bad Plus Joshua Redman: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman”

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