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Monterey Jazz Festival 2017

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Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey, CA September 15-17, 2017 A Feast of Tributes, to Itself, Included The distinctly stunning California outpost that is Monterey has been in the news, and making cultural history, in various ways this year. Over the summer, the 50th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival was duly noted and feted with a special commemorative festival. Over in the realm of the tube (the New, Improved TV landscape), the dramatic ...

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Luca Aquino: Aqustico vol 2

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Luca Aquino is the kind of player who doesn't just look at or study an instrument, but at some point has to ask “and what else can it do?" His innate feel for the sound of the trumpet gives him a warm natural tone, though his career has included plenty of experimentation in processing its sound by other means as well--a fitting choice for someone equally interested in playing straightforward acoustic jazz or paying tribute to the Doors.

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University of the Arts “Z” Big Band: Jumpin’ at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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Umiversity of the Arts “Z" Big Band Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey, CA September 17, 2017 [This article is a follow-up to the review of the “Z" Band Reception and Kickoff Concert in Philadelphia on September 7. If you want to know a little more about the band, you can check out that review-Eds.] The famed Monterey Jazz Festival, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, is the longest-running jazz festival ...

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Dave Rempis: Lattice

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I recall an interview with a lionized baby boomer saxophonist, who told the story of listening to side one, and only side one, of John Coltrane's <em>A Love Supreme</em> (Impulse!, 1965). He was reluctant to turn the LP over (this was in the pre-digital era), thinking side two could never match the majesty of &#147;Acknowledgement" and &#147;Resolution." One could have a similar experience with track one of saxophonist {{m: Dave Rempis' Lattice. His six-minute take on Billy Strayhorn's “A Flower ...

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Bruce Harris: Beginnings

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Beginnings sounds as if it's guided by an old hand instead of someone relatively new to the demanding art of leading a band. The debut recording of trumpeter Bruce Harris captures a coherent, homogeneous group sound, while utilizing several different combinations of instruments. Harris ties together material ranging from Harold Arlen, to Bud Powell, to Prince, as well as his own originals, and judiciously employs the assorted voices of several soloists who effectively express themselves in only a chorus or ...

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Yukari: Synchronic

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A graduate of Manhattan School of Music and now a resident of Switzerland, flute virtuoso Yukari has performed with the likes of Anthony Braxton and Marc Copeland. She was a winner of the 2009 National Flute Association Jazz Flute Masterclass in the USA and has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, MOMA and the Tokyo Jazz Festival. The line-up to her debut album Dreams, recorded in New York in 2009, included Greg Osby on alto saxophone.Synchronic is ...

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Match&Fuse Dublin 2017

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Match&Fuse Dublin 2017 dlr Lexicon, Dun Loaghaire, Dublin, Ireland September 16, 2017 “We are Rocky Road and we've existed since Wednesday," bassist Anneleen Boheme announced to the Saturday afternoon audience of the first Match&Fuse festival to be held in Ireland. Well, we're used to pop-up shops after all, so why not pop-up improvised music? Match&Fuse was conceived by London musician/promoter Dave Morecroft in 2011 as a festival and touring project to promote ...

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Antonio Sanchez Group at Jazz Standard

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Antonio Sanchez Group Jazz Standard New York, NY September 15, 2017 There certainly are musicians out there who lean heavily on chops in order to mask deficiencies in other areas, but nobody could ever get away with painting Antonio Sanchez as one of them. The man may have serious technique, but he has no Achilles' heel, or at least not one we've seen, and his skills all rest in balance to one another. His standing ...

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Klimaforandringer: Slægt

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The Danish band, Klimaforandringer (Climate Change), led by the guitarist Lars Bech Pilgaard, returns with their second album Slægt (genus). Once again, they explore their own original brand of Danish haiku-like poetry, hypnotic afrobeat-riffs and kitchy synthesizer landscapes mixed with acid rock and psychedelia. There is an ethical undercurrent in the texts that try to negotiate a position in the world where things are not seen in absolute terms, but rather in an open, humanistic perspective, hence ...


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