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Entries from July 2011

Gran Bahia gives Jamaican art home

Gran Bahia gives Jamaican art home Posted by Calvin While a few Jamaicans raise concerns over the growing number of Spanish hotels constructed in the tourist resort areas, the Gran Bahia Principe hotel management reaches out to all Jamaica partnering with artists. At their Runaway Bay location, general manager Miguel Cano recently met with Anthea [continue reading…]

Date: Jul 31st, 2011 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz News

JAZZ STANDARD PRESENTS TWO RARE EVENINGS WITH LEGENDARY JAZZ BASSIST ROBERT HURST

WINNER OF 6 GRAMMY AWARDS AND 4 EMMY AWARDS TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY AUGUST 2-3 2011 – 2 SHOWS – 7:30pm & 9:30pm NEW YORK, N.Y – Conversation overheard at the Rose Club of the Plaza Hotel, New York City, between a fifty-something guy with a suit jacket speaking to a pretty, twenty-something girl in a [continue reading…]

Date: Jul 31st, 2011 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz News

Yaala Ballin: On The Road

Yaala Ballin’s On The Road came into being as the young vocalist came off the road, completing an international tour with her working band. Ballin wisely chose to capitalize on the musical bonds and connections forged on the road, bringing the band into the studio to record a set that reflects the programming and flow of her live performances…

Date: Jul 31st, 2011 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Ingrid Laubrock / Sleepthief: The Madness of Crowds

As of The Madness of Crowds, saxophonist Laubrock, pianist m: Liam Noble and drummer m: Tom Rainey are one of the most rewarding bands out there. They were before, but now the clarity and depth of interaction in their music is enough to deepen that assertion, and when a signature sound also comes as part of the deal then it’s time for the loud applause…

Date: Jul 31st, 2011 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Ensemble Fur Neue Musik, Zurich: Women Composers I

Even in the liberal societies of the Western world, women have rarely been recognized for their contributions to the arts in the same manner as men. Music has been a particularly difficult field for them to break into, despite some having rather sublime talent.

Date: Jul 31st, 2011 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Levon Helm: Ramble at the Ryman

The Arkansas delta grit is gone from his voice, replaced by age and disease with the well-sanded twang of an American Southern Isaiah, if Johnny Cash were a stern Elijah. Levon Helm was the first voice among equals in m: The Band , sharing vocal duties with the equally distinctive vocals of bassist Rick Danko and pianist Richard Manuel. The only American (necessarily Southern) in a band of Canadians, it was Helm’s dusty tenor that lent an American authenticity to the Band’s rural miniatures like “Up on Cripple Creek,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” and “The W. S

Date: Jul 30th, 2011 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Christoph Siegrist: Welcome To The Blue World

Trumpeter Christoph Siegrist’s Blue World is not the world of the blues. Instead, the Swedish-born horn man populates this realm with songs that expand the modern language of jazz by using solid, yet moving, rhythmic tides and angular horn lines that join together or swoop around one another. Siegrist’s primary partner in crime is tenor saxophonist m: Mark Turner , and both men often work their way through the heads of these songs in rhythmic unison, while fleshing out some interesting intervals between their horns. This pair sounds most comfortable together when delivering long, stretched lines (“NWE” and “Green Traveler”), but they also succeed with restless, agitated, zigzagging dialog (“Frelon Brun”)…

Date: Jul 30th, 2011 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews