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Entries from December 2012

Ingebrigt Haker Flaten New York Quartet: Now IS

The term “texture” is often used when referring to an artist’s work. The surfaces of German painter Gerhard Richter or American Jackson Pollock’s paintings are rich with tactile feel, but the trained viewer can also appreciate the art below the cosmetic. The same applies to the quartet of improvisers organized by Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt HA ker Flaten…

Date: Dec 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Tim Bedner: Of Light And Shadow

Guitarist Tim Bedner is a master of mixed moods and color contrasts. The Ottawa, Canada-based Berklee alum manages to successfully wed forlorn feelings with lighthearted notions and darker thoughts on the all-original, always-absorbing Of Light And Shadow.

Date: Dec 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Espen Berg: Noctilucent

It is rare to encounter an artist whose debut already radiates such sheer beauty, but pianist/composer Espen Berg–who has collaborated with fellow Norwegians such as saxophonist m: Marius Neset and the m: Trondheim Jazz Orchestra –explains, in his liner notes, that he began to plan and experiment with his solo playing eight years ago. Over the years he has perfected a highly personal aesthetic, combining traditional folk elements with spontaneous improvised structures, both in a way that reflect his deepest emotions…

Date: Dec 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Sherri Roberts with Bliss Rodriguez: Lovely Days

Sherri Roberts has built her reputation with a trio of well-produced albums featuring top-notch players like pianist m: Mark Soskin , saxophonist m: Phil Woods and bassist m: Harvie S , but her fourth album finds the Bay Area-based vocalist expanding her horizons by trimming down the personnel list. Lovely Days gives Roberts a chance to work in a more open environment that highlights the interpersonal relationship that exists between singer and pianist…

Date: Dec 27th, 2012 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Valby Vokalgruppe: Bah New Era

Valby Vokalgruppe is another band of the musicians, an art collective from the Danish label Eget VA|relse (A Room of One’s Own, inspired by famous writer Virginia Woolf) and home to other genre-binding bands like m: Selvhenter . And, indeed, this Danish vocal ensemble, with its core of four female singers, is led by Selvhenter drummer Anja Jacobsen, and also hosts two other members from the band…

Date: Dec 27th, 2012 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Kabadayas: IV

IV–the exciting debut from an international quartet founded by its ferocious rhythm section of bassist Djole Maksimovski and drummer Dino MilosavljeviA –represents a fairly strong start. The group thrives on the cohesive whole, playing as one but in a state of continual conversation.

Date: Dec 27th, 2012 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Bruce Cox Core-Tet: Status Cymbals

Drummer Bruce Cox may not be a household name in the jazz world, but he’s studied, played and/or recorded with plenty of people who are. The Philadelphia-born stick-wielder gleaned plenty of wisdom through his lessons with drumming icons m: Philly Joe Jones and m: Alan Dawson , and he’s put that knowledge to good use by backing the greats over the past several decades. Cox has been the rhythmic force behind a plethora of high profile players, including Saturnine piano madman m: Sun Ra , saxophone icon m: Sonny Rollins , vocal great m: Jon Hendricks , and a trio of m: James Brown -associated horn men– m: Fred Wesley , m: Pee Wee Ellis and m: Maceo Parker

Date: Dec 26th, 2012 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews