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Franco Ambrosetti Quintet: Long Waves (Unit)

How’s this for a jazz bio: For almost 60 years Franco Ambrosetti has been an active, respected trumpet player on the European scene. For 30 of those years he also ran Ambrosetti Industrial Group, as CEO and eventually chairman. (The company manufactured steel wheels for vehicles and landing gear for airplanes.) He has recorded 28 … Read More “Franco Ambrosetti Quintet: Long Waves (Unit)”

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Concert Review: John Scofield’s Quiet and Loud Jazz at JALC

Canons are useful constructs when looking at the history of the arts, and organizations like Jazz at Lincoln Center are synonymous with the virtues and vices of honoring such a hall-of-fame concept. Holding up a curated list of masters and epochs is important, but there are snares to consider, like repetition and the exclusion of … Read More “Concert Review: John Scofield’s Quiet and Loud Jazz at JALC”

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Concert Review: 2017 Montreal Jazz Festival

Running from June 28 to July 8, with over two-thirds of its 500-plus concerts taking place on several outdoor stages and free to the public, the 38th edition of Festival International de Jazz de Montréal was loaded with high-voltage star power and creative energy, presenting jazz in all its forms (and everything else from pop … Read More “Concert Review: 2017 Montreal Jazz Festival”

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Gov’t Mule Featuring John Scofield: Sco-Mule

In 1999, guitarist John Scofield was beginning to enjoy a younger and larger audience-the spoils of the prior year’s A Go Go, his first album with Medeski Martin and Wood. Not long before 2000, he expanded his jam-band résumé by guesting on two Georgia gigs by Gov’t Mule, the Dixie-tough yet musically nimble quartet founded … Read More “Gov’t Mule Featuring John Scofield: Sco-Mule”

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John Scofield: Uberjam Deux

It’s easy to have mixed feelings about guitarist John Scofield’s Überjam Deux. Back in 2002, the first installment refused to sit still: It beeped, buzzed, whirred and grooved. A year later, Up All Night felt like a rightful successor, continuing to retrace lines between jazz, funk and electronic music. Both albums demanded contemplation and dance. … Read More “John Scofield: Uberjam Deux”

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