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Allan Vache: Raisin’ the Roof

Allan Vache-a dedicated traditional clarinetist-joins soprano saxophonist Jim Galloway for what should have been a more intense gathering, but instead of Raisin’ the Roof, they merely lower the floor. Solo efforts are less interesting than the Dixieland blending of Vache and Galloway. This is not to denigrate the rhythm section of John Bunch, piano; Howard … Read More “Allan Vache: Raisin’ the Roof”

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Twobones: Spiral Stairway

Add a tight rhythm section to a front line that swings with abandon as well as taste, put them in the proper ambience, and you have the latest efforts of trombonists Danilo Moccia and Paul Haag, captured live at the Q4, a supportive club near Basel. The results could be called “Jay and Kay Redux.” … Read More “Twobones: Spiral Stairway”

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Kenny Wheeler/Brian Dickinson: Still Waters

Chemistry is the key to performance by a duo-particularly if the instruments involved are fluegelhorn and piano. If you walked in on a gig by horn man Kenny Wheeler and pianist Brian Dickinson, you might think, “Damn, the bass player didn’t show up.” If you listen to any track on their new collaboration, Still Waters, … Read More “Kenny Wheeler/Brian Dickinson: Still Waters”

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