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Dan Weiss Trio Plus 1: Utica Box (Sunnyside)

The unusual instrumentation of the new album from drummer Dan Weiss brings to mind Smokestack, Andrew Hill’s 1966 Blue Note classic, as both recordings employ a drums/piano/two-basses lineup, but Weiss didn’t intend the comparison. For him, this was simply an outgrowth of the trio with bassist Thomas Morgan and pianist Jacob Sacks that he showcased on … Read More “Dan Weiss Trio Plus 1: Utica Box (Sunnyside)”

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Dan Weiss: Starebaby (Pi)

What can you expect from drummer Dan Weiss’ heavy-metal-inspired quintet Starebaby? An eviscerating, exploratory edge, yes; utter mayhem, no. Weiss brings the same exacting standards to Starebaby that were previously evident in his Indo-jazz hybridizations and sui generis large-ensemble projects. The eight doom-laden tracks presented here are incredibly powerful, but they rarely come off as … Read More “Dan Weiss: Starebaby (Pi)”

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Dan Weiss: Fourteen

A stirrer of jazz and ethnic styles as an accompanist for such wide-ranging artists as Miguel Zenón, Rez Abbasi and Joel Harrison, drummer Dan Weiss steps out here as a leader with his most ambitious effort: a seven-part, through-composed work for 14 pieces. A feast of jazz and new-music sounds, Fourteen, his fourth album as … Read More “Dan Weiss: Fourteen”

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