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Dave Holland/Zakir Hussain/Chris Potter: Good Hope (Edition)

Two years ago, tabla master Zakir Hussain assembled a sextet he called Crosscurrents, which brought together Indian and Western musicians to explore the jazz content of Bollywood film scores. Good Hope expands on that concept by boiling the group down to a trio, and shifting the focus from movie music to a more generalized approach. … Read More “Dave Holland/Zakir Hussain/Chris Potter: Good Hope (Edition)”

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Live Review: Pérez, Cohen, Potter Quintet in Washington, D.C.

How to play a chord that feels like Toni Morrison writing, “I didn’t fall in love with you, I rose in it”? How to play a melody with that feeling? These are the kinds of questions that Danilo Pérez, Avishai Cohen, and Chris Potter were mulling over in the leadup to the debut performance of … Read More “Live Review: Pérez, Cohen, Potter Quintet in Washington, D.C.”

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Chris Potter: The Dreamer Is the Dream (ECM)

On each of his three ECM albums, saxophonist and composer Chris Potter has gone into the studio with different concepts. The Dreamer Is the Dream features the acoustic quartet format, with a new lineup of highly unique players. David Virelles takes over the piano chair previously held by Craig Taborn, with drummer Marcus Gilmore and … Read More “Chris Potter: The Dreamer Is the Dream (ECM)”

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Johnathan Blake: Gone, But Not Forgotten

Inspired by jazz luminaries who have recently departed, Johnathan Blake’s second album as a leader explores material by Cedar Walton, Jim Hall, Mulgrew Miller, Paul Motian, Frank Foster, Frank Wess and Eddie Harris. The NYC-based, Philly-born drummer also pays tribute to three of Philadelphia’s finest musicians: Charles Fambrough, Trudy Pitts and James “Sid” Simmons, and … Read More “Johnathan Blake: Gone, But Not Forgotten”

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Live Review: Dave Douglas at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Dave Douglas has performed in enough of the 16 editions of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival that most old festival hands are stumped to name them all. The chronology of these performances parallels the arc of the trumpeter’s remarkable ascent. Tiny Bell Unit; initial encounters with Han Bennink; Charms of the Night Sky; his Quartet … Read More “Live Review: Dave Douglas at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival”

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