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Brooklyn Sax Quartet: The Way of the Saxophone

The borough of Brooklyn may have lost (and may still be lamenting) its beloved Dodgers, but its residents could do worse than seeking this fo’tet-David Bindman, Sam Furnace, Fred Ho and Chris Jonas-to rally behind. Like the many other sax-minus-rhythm-section ensembles, The Brooklyn Sax Quartet’s compositions and arrangements fully feature the instruments’ rich timbres, but … Read More “Brooklyn Sax Quartet: The Way of the Saxophone”

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Paquito D’Rivera: Habanera

Far from the usual well-intended but cliched’ “Latin-tinged” vehicles for the Cuban-born D’ Rivera’s piquant alto sax and clarinet, Habanera is a wonderfully rich, moving and original tonal portrait of the leader’s homeland. The album also features the chamber-group backing of Kristjan Jarvi’s Absolute Ensemble. If, like me, you don’t hear nearly enough of D’Rivera’s … Read More “Paquito D’Rivera: Habanera”

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Pete Escovedo: E Music

This most highly recommended outing from veteran percussionist, composer, vocalist and father of the equally talented Sheila E combines crack, infectious big-band Latin grooves (“Mis Amigos”) and lush, romantic moments (“Setembro”) to great effect. The leader’s deft percussion work is wonderfully supported and further enhanced by the tart, questing solos of reedman Justo Almario, (who … Read More “Pete Escovedo: E Music”

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Myra Melford and Crush: Dance Beyond the Color

Whether serving as an integral part of large ensembles conducted by Butch Morris, as a member of the Trio Equal Interest (along with violinist Leroy Jenkins and reedman Joseph Jarman) or leading her own aggregations, pianist-composer Myra Melford’s output continues to personify Lester Young’s definition of artistic excellence: “You got to be original, man.” Crush, … Read More “Myra Melford and Crush: Dance Beyond the Color”

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Maria Schneider Orchestra: Allegresse

Arranger-composer Maria Schneider’s abilities have never been in doubt to me. Her debut, Evanescence (dedicated to her mentor, Gil Evans), clearly illustrated her knowledge, but until the release of Allegresse, I couldn’t help but view her as an artist still a little on the outskirts of her potential. No more: This collection’s six titles are … Read More “Maria Schneider Orchestra: Allegresse”

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