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Entries from August 2011

Steve Coleman and Five Elements: The Mancy of Sound

A saxophonist of a different order–part griot, theorist, numerologist, and incessant seeker of knowledge– Steve Coleman continues to forge new paths in creative music. He’s influenced more of today’s forward thinking artists than almost anyone in recent memory with his proven M-Base concepts.

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

Claire Daly: Mary Joyce Project: Nothing To Lose

Saxophonist Claire Daly has always been a true original and, as it turns out, part of that is in her DNA. Mary Joyce Project: Nothing To Lose is a musical/genealogical journey through the life of Daly’s father’s first cousin, Mary Joyce, who lived her life the way she wanted to, rather than succumbing to societal expectations for women during the ’30s and beyond.

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

John Brown Trio: Dancing With Duke: An Homage To Duke Ellington

The history of jazz would not be complete without an understanding of just how influential m: Duke Ellington was to its development. North Carolina bassist John Brown appreciates the impact Edward Kennedy Ellington has had on American music, especially jazz, and offers his own tribute to the icon on Dancing with Duke: An Homage to Duke Ellington.

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

Randy Weston: Blue Moses

Brooklyn-born, six-foot-seven octogenarian pianist/composer Randy Weston has literally been a larger-than-life jazz force for six decades: his percussive pianism was forged from a distinguished keyboard continuum, ranging from m: Duke Ellington and m: Thelonious Monk to m: John Lewis ; his “Little Niles” and “Hi-Fly” are well-worn jazz standards; and the pianist may well be the greatest exponent of the African roots of America’s classical music. Weston lived in Morocco in the 1960s and ’70s, opened a jazz club there, and was virtually a one-man jazz ambassador–particularly to the enigmatic Ganawa (also spelled Gnawa), a black brotherhood of healers that claims ancient Egyptian ancestry, and performs mysterious, trance-like and color-based music, mostly on the three-stringed guimbree and the castanet-like kokobars. All of which inspired this riveting 1972 recording, Weston’s best-selling disc, finally reissued for the first time on CD, during CTI’s fortieth anniversary in 2011…

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

Claudio Roditi: Bons Amigos

Bons Amigos is a collection of light, breezy compositions from several generations of Brazilian composers. Lilting sambas and gentle bossa novas make up the bulk of this disc, resulting in a relaxed but heartfelt jam for Brazilian trumpeter/flugelhornist Claudio Roditi and friends. Roditi admits to playing “a few more notes” than usual here, though he often equates “playing a lot of notes with ‘showing off.'” Yet Roditi’s double-time phrases on the brooding “Para Nada” plumb composer m: Eliane Elias ‘ harmonies, rather than simply flaunting his own technique

Date: Aug 29th, 2011 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Stefon Harris / David Sanchez / Christian Scott: Ninety Miles

On paper, Ninety Miles was a tantalizing project from the beginning; bringing together three of the most exciting voices in modern jazz–Puerto Rican-born tenor saxophonist m: David Sanchez , New Orleans trumpeter m: Christian Scott , and New York vibraphonist m: Stefon Harris — and transport them to Havana to play with two outstanding, piano-led Cuban jazz quartets. The American red tape took a year to negotiate–which shows a dogged determination of sorts on all sides–but the musical connection that resulted was clearly instant, judging by the exhilarating septet interplay and inescapable grooves captured here…

Date: Aug 29th, 2011 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Stefan Zeniuk: Gato Loco

If Danny Elfman, m: Marc Ribot , Ennio Morricone, m: Ry Cooder and m: Bobby Sanabria ever put together a band, it might sound something like Gato Loco. This eleven-piece unit, under the direction of saxophonist-composer Stefan Zeniuk, creates Latin-influenced carnival jazz with a punk attitude, and they seem to have a great time while doing it…

Date: Aug 29th, 2011 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews