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Michael Dease: Bonafide (Posi-Tone)

Trombonist/composer Michael Dease is a porkpie-hat kind of guy. On his new album, Bonafide, he strives to make fragrant both the swing and bop roots of the jazz tradition, and understands how an ensemble transforms the most personalized improvisations into acts of camaraderie. When Dease brings four trombones to bear on Phineas Newborn Jr.’s “Theme … Read More “Michael Dease: Bonafide (Posi-Tone)”

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Steve Turre: The Very Thought of You (Smoke Sessions)

Steve Turre is often commended for his ability to blow breakneck runs on the trombone with the intricacy and agility of a trumpeter or alto saxophonist. Often overlooked is the subtlety and warmth he musters up when he’s not in a hurry, and it’s that side that’s the focus of most of this ballads-dominated set, … Read More “Steve Turre: The Very Thought of You (Smoke Sessions)”

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OSU Jazz Orchestra: Solid Gold (OSU Jazz Studies)

This Oklahoma State University big-band project is an intense collaboration with trombonist Michael Dease, whose straight-ahead sound and bubbling font of musical ideas can bring out the best in the players around him. That happened here. Dease, who enjoys a dual career path—he plays and tours with a variety of ensembles, and he’s on the … Read More “OSU Jazz Orchestra: Solid Gold (OSU Jazz Studies)”

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Alan Ferber Big Band: Jigsaw (Sunnyside)

If Jigsaw is any indication, Alan Ferber may write the best big-band backgrounds in the business. The trombonist, composer and arranger’s second recording for his (mostly) straight-ahead 18-piece ensemble finds him lining ballads like his own “North Rampart” and guitarist Anthony Wilson’s “She Won’t Look Back” with lush warmth; on the latter, the reed and … Read More “Alan Ferber Big Band: Jigsaw (Sunnyside)”

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Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Find the Common, Shine a Light (Greenleaf)

With Find the Common, Shine a Light, trombonist Ryan Keberle has now issued three albums in five years with his piano-less ensemble Catharsis, each one a thoughtfully conceptual disc boasting Keberle’s superb arrangements. But this latest Catharsis outing sacrifices the prominence of the group’s musical virtues for topical social commentary. The purpose here is to … Read More “Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Find the Common, Shine a Light (Greenleaf)”

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Steve Davis: Think Ahead (Smoke Sessions)

With high-profile gigs and a long-planned recording date on the near horizon, what should a musician do when a beloved sibling dies suddenly and a dreaded political reality looms? Steve Davis, probably best known as the capable trombonist with Chick Corea’s late-’90s Origin band, and recognized as the last Jazz Messenger hired by Art Blakey, … Read More “Steve Davis: Think Ahead (Smoke Sessions)”

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MIke Fahie: Anima

Even as a fellow Montrealer and jazz aficionado, I was only vaguely aware of New York-based trombonist Mike Fahie. Maybe it’s a Canadian thing – to stay out of the limelight – but over the years Fahie has quietly amassed an impressive list of performance and recording credentials. In addition to leading his own ensembles, … Read More “MIke Fahie: Anima”

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