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Peter Lemer Quintet: Son of Local Colour (ESP-Disk’)

Performances that pay homage to entire albums have become more common in recent times. Kind of Blue, A Love Supreme, and Freedom Suite aren’t the only sets being re-examined either. British pianist Peter Lemer wanted to mark the 50th anniversary of his free-blowing 1966 debut effort Local Colour with a live performance reconvening the quintet … Read More “Peter Lemer Quintet: Son of Local Colour (ESP-Disk’)”

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JC Sanford Quartet: Keratoconus (Shifting Paradigm)

The title track of Keratoconus hits the ground running. Named for a chronic eye disease from which leader/trombonist JC Sanford suffers, the 93-second piece combines a spy-surf accompaniment and rhythmically tense horn melody. Sanford’s ’bone has a dirty tone and guitarist Zacc Harris kicks on some effects at one point that approximate a ring modulator. … Read More “JC Sanford Quartet: Keratoconus (Shifting Paradigm)”

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Change Comes to Pitt with Nicole Mitchell as New Jazz Chair

“We’re really going to be shaking things up,” Nicole Mitchell says. She is referring to the University of Pittsburgh’s Jazz Seminar and Concert, a 49-year tradition that was started by late saxophonist Nathan Davis, who founded Pitt’s jazz program. Each fall, musicians—who over the years have included Art Blakey, Donald Byrd, and Terri Lyne Carrington—have … Read More “Change Comes to Pitt with Nicole Mitchell as New Jazz Chair”

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