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Newport Jazz Festival 2017

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Newport Jazz Festival Fort Adams State Park Newport, RI August 5, 2017 The soggy, gray blanket that was the Newport sky wrung itself out on the crowd that had gathered for the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, but the good news was it only rained on the audience for about an hour. Danilo Perez's piano oozed melancholic, broken chords, while Avishai Cohen's trumpet filled loose spaces in the music with ...

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Triocity: I Believe In You

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Here's a formula we've all seen before: take three musicians and let them loose on a program of standards and Great American Songbook chestnuts. It sounds all too simple and pedestrian, right? Guess again. When you're talking about the combined creative forces of multi-reedist Charles Pillow, bassist Jeff Campbell, and drummer Rich Thompson, the potential of said endeavor changes drastically. The whole is most certainly greater than the sum of its parts when those musicians come together as Triocity, and ...

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FORQ at The World Cafe Live

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FORQ The World Café Live Philadelphia PA July 31 2017 One can be well-versed in the two (whoops, now three) albums worth of music by FORQ, (and in the music from the other bands the individual members hail from) and still not be totally prepared for the impact of the following statement: FORQ is a band best experienced live. This is understandable given that they were kind of ...

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Paul McCandless: Morning Sun

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First things first. The full title of this decorous CD is Morning Sun: Adventures with Oboe--Paul McCandless with the Paul Winter Consort: A Retrospective. It covers sixteen recordings made by oboist McCandless spanning a forty-year period (1970-2010), all save three with the Winter Consort. Needless to say, a large number of musicians were involved; their names are listed in the CD booklet, accompanying each selection. McCandless plays oboe most of the way, English horn on “The Steppes of Central Asia," ...

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Mat Maneri and Tanya Kalmanovitch at Korzo

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Mat Maneri and Tanya Kalmanovitch Korzo, Konceptions Music Series Brooklyn, NY August 15, 2017 As part of the Konceptions Music Series at Korzo in Brooklyn, violists Mat Maneri and Tanya Kalmanovitch joined forces for an evening of intimate give and take. As equal partners of their instruments, they have lifetimes' worth of scenes, moods, and themes under their bows. How appropriate, then, that their collaboration should take the name Magic Mountain, after ...

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Paul Rutherford: The Conscience

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Recorded in 1999, but previously unissued, The Conscience unites iconoclastic English trombonist Paul Rutherford and Japanese drummer Sabu Toyozumi. It constitutes the first in a series of ten or so sessions from the Japanese Chap Chap label to be released by the Lithuanian NoBusiness imprint through to 2018. Both men were among the first generation of free improvisers in their respective countries. Although Rutherford died in 2007, Toyozumi remains active. Over the years he has played with just about everyone ...

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Jorginho Neto Collective: Harlem

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American jazz musicians for years looked to the exciting rhythms and exotic melodies found in Brazilian music, to nourish the music's evolving nature. In a reversal of roles, the Jorginho Neto Collective, a Brazilian ensemble immersed in urban fusion-funk, step out of their native boundaries to prove that they can play from deep in the pocket, and do it well. Riding on the acclaim of his previous releases Samba Jazz (2012) and Leste (2015), trombonist Jorginho Neto plugged into the ...

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Kongsberg Jazz Festival 2017

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Kongsberg Jazz Festival/Kongsberg Jazzmeeting Kongsberg, Norway July 6-8, 2017 Kongsberg, a former important silver mining town, is situated in the eastern part of Norway 55 miles west of Oslo. The Kongsberg Jazz Festival, founded in 1964 has a long tradition of offering a specific program for international guests (presenters and media people) to get acquainted with/learn about developments of the Norwegian jazz scene. There was a special festival route of the meeting within the festival that ...

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Fred Hersch: Open Book

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In the aftermath of his coma and very possible demise back in 2008, pianist Fred Hersch blossomed from a status as a first rate jazz pianist into the rarified air of one of the handful of top practitioners of that art form. A series of post-illness albums, from Whirl (2010), to Alone At The Vanguard (2011) to Floating (2014), Solo (2015) and Sunday Night At the Vanguard (2016), all on Palmetto Records, are all solo and trio outings that reveal ...


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