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Entries from May 2013

Giovanni Guidi Trio: City of Broken Dreams

It seemed inevitable. After working with Italian trumpeter m: Enrico Rava on 2013’s m: Michael Jackson tribute, Rava on the Dance Floor, and 2011’s more intimate Tribe, it should come as no surprise that pianist Giovanni Guidi–the only connecting thread between those two records (other than, of course, Rava)–should find himself with an opportunity to make his own record for the label.

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

Nicolas Masson / Roberto Pianca / Emanuele Maniscalco: Third Reel

Few would argue that, while the standard touchstones of contemporary jazz–names like saxophonist m: John Coltrane , pianist m: Bill Evans , bassist m: Charles Mingus , and trumpeter m: Miles Davis –remain amongst the many cited when contemporary artists are asked for their influences, younger influences have also emerged in the new millennium, names like saxophonist m: Chris Potter , guitarist m: Kurt Rosenwinkel and pianist m: Brad Mehldau , to name but three. But it’s not just individual artists that resonate; there are contemporary groups that also leave a significant mark, and one of the most visible is undeniably the nearly three-decade trio led by m: Paul Motian , with guitarist m: Bill Frisell and saxophonist m: Joe Lovano , until the drummer’s passing in 2011. Third Reel clearly references that trio–and not just in instrumentation–but it’s also abundantly clear that this collaboration between three Swiss and Italian musicians has something of its own to say…

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

Eugenie Jones: Black Lace Blue Tears

Seattle-based vocalist/composer/arranger Eugenie Jones didn’t start out as such. A business and marketing major in college, Jones graduated and went on to be a business owner, consultant and all-around marketing roustabout. But life is never so simple and after her mother’s death, Jones decided that it was time to pursue music as a vocation

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

Phisqa: Phisqa

Jazz has come far in Ireland in the last decade or two, leaving behind the trad-jazz on a Sunday image for an altogether more contemporary scene. In part, this is due to the increasingly cosmopolitan face of the country’s cities, and in no small measure to the influence of Dublin’s Newpark Music Centre, the only educational institution in Ireland to offer jazz studies. Phisqa is a case in point; the quintet members hail from Peru, South Africa, Italy, Venezuela and Ireland, all are graduates of NMC, and the music has a fresh, modern feel…

Date: May 27th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Wheelhouse: Boss Of The Plains

Listening to the improvising trio Wheelhouse, one might get the distinct sensation of being inside of a dream. One of two inaugural releases for saxophonist m: Dave Rempis ‘ Aerophonic Records label, Boss Of The Plains, documents the evolution of Rempis, vibraphonist m: Jason Adasiewicz , and bassist Nate McBride}}’s collaborative trio. This band, which was formed in 2005 to present each player’s compositions, gradually morphed into this wholly improvisatory chamber jazz format…

Date: May 27th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Matt Parker: Worlds Put Together

Saxophonist m: Matt Parker is an old soul. You can hear that in his music. On his debut release Worlds Put Together, he channels m: Lester Young , m: Coleman Hawkins , and m: Dexter Gordon .

Date: May 26th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Bob Marley and The Wailers: Kaya Deluxe Edition

It’s telling that the photos of Bob Marley adorning the first half of the comprehensive booklet with this ‘Deluxe Edition’ of Kaya show the late third-world icon beaming and smiling right and left, much as he does on the front cover. In contrast, the photos interspersed with song lyrics and recording detail in the latter half of the insert display an intense man unafraid to address serious issues, the likes of which he mainly avoided, and was thus criticized for, on this his seventh Island release…

Date: May 26th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews