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Entries from April 2013

Daniel Bennett Group: Clockwork Goes To Camp

Manhattan based saxophonist m: Daniel Bennett graduated from the New England Conservatory in 2004 and since then has made ever increasing waves as a composer, band leader and woodwind player in the New York theatre scene. Clockhead Goes To Camp is the Daniel Bennett Group’s fourth album, following the success of the 2011 Peace and Stability Among Bears (Bennett Alliance Records). Bennett’s music was described by the Boston Herald as “exploratory folk-jazz hybrid,” but this album shows Bennett’s playing has matured…

Date: Apr 30th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Mace Hibbard: The Hibbard/Wright Project

Atlanta-based Grammy Award- winning saxophonist Mace Hibbard has been leading and recording with a formidable quintet for the past ten years while over that same period, Roswell, GA-based guitarist Trey Wright has led the 4-piece Athens/Atlanta-based Squat jazz band and is now leader of his own trio. What they both have in common is a creative rhythm section of bassist m: Marc Miller and drummer m: Marlon Patton . On the self-titled The Hibbard/Wright Project, both men leave their respective groups behind and join forces with the rhythm section they share, forming an all new quartet for this outing

Date: Apr 30th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Alex Wilson Trio: Alex Wilson Trio

Combining live and studio recordings, original and classic tunes, up-tempo grooves and reflective ballads, the Alex Wilson Trio is a punchy, energetic, album. This is the ninth album from Wilson, but it’s his first with a piano trio lineup. Wilson has released all of these albums on his own label, fitting in other projects such as his role as musical director for m: Rodrigo y Gabriela and his work with guitarist m: Ernest Ranglin between releases…

Date: Apr 29th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

SVIN: Secretly We Are Gay

The Danish quartet m: SVIN sees its mission to “create a greater genre diversity in a world where the music industry’s cash register sets the agenda.” In its rebellious musical universe this band find inspiration in the manic aggression of Sonic Youth, mixing it with the fragile, celestial compositions of m: Arvo PA rt and spicing it with African polyrhytmics…

Date: Apr 29th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Soft Machine Legacy: Burden of Proof

Subsequent to its psychedelic late 60s existence, Soft Machine redeployed its musicality into a hybrid form of British prog-rock meets avant-garde jazz and jazz fusion schema. The band invoked a signature sound, partly due to keyboardist Mike Ratlledge’s fuzz-toned Lowry organ performances and other prominent factors. A chief proponent of Britain’s fabled Canterbury music scene, many aficionados and music historians often cite Soft Machine as one of the founding fathers of progressive, jazz- rock

Date: Apr 29th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

The Green Violinist: More Thrill and Never Ending Blessings

This Belgian progressive-rock outfit’s debut frames its moniker on the title of artist Marc Chagall’s The Green Violinist. Lead vocalist Vincent Dufresne derived inspiration from the painting after wading through some personal issues in 2003.

Date: Apr 29th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Judy Dyble: Talking With Strangers

British vocalist Judy Dyble is one of the founding members of the celebrated folk-rock ensemble Fairport Convention. After leaving the band, she became involved in transitory but critically successful musical endeavors, and eventually retired from the music scene to raise a family. Four decades later she reinvented her career with this album, originally issued throughout Europe in 2009 and now available for the first time in the USA. The program also marks the first time guitarist m: Robert Fripp and reedman Ian McDonald have performed together since an abandoned 1969 King Crimson tour.

Date: Apr 28th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews