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Entries from July 2015

The Don Braden Organix Quartet: Luminosity

Saxophonist Don Braden is all about positivity and sharing the joys of jazz. His ebullient music speaks to his intelligence yet he never falls prey to the jazz-as-intellectual-exercise trap that seems to snare younger musicians and a good amount of his peers. Over the course of his previous albums…

Date: Jul 29th, 2015 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Indigo Kid II: Fist Full Of Notes

The self-titled debut album of guitarist Dan Messore’s UK-based quartet was credited to Indigo Kid. Album number two, Fist Full Of Notes, is credited to Indigo Kid II–a nod, presumably, to the personnel changes that have occurred between releases.For this second album, Messore is joined once again…

Date: Jul 29th, 2015 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Charlie Hunter Trio featuring Bobby Previte and Curtis Fowlkes: Let The Bells Ring On

7-string guitar master, m: Charlie Hunter shares the spotlight with longtime colleagues, trombonist m: Curtis Fowlkes and drummer m: Bobby Previte , who are recognized for their pivotal work within New York City’s progressive jazz circuit and beyond. Let The Bells R…

Date: Jul 29th, 2015 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Waxwing: A Bowl Of Sixty Taxidermists

The second album from this Vancouver-based trio–originally going by Wilson/Lee/Bentley, now known as Waxwing–is a study in contrasts. Idiosyncratic miniatures sit shoulder to shoulder with statements of serenity, eerie constructs and macabre scenarios are quickly replaced with comforting sounds, a…

Date: Jul 28th, 2015 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

The Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra: Joyful Noise

Veteran bassist, arranger/composer Chuck Israels has had the good fortune of performing and recording with some of the best jazz musicians on the planet including legends and icons from m: Billie Holiday , m: Benny Goodman , m: Coleman Hawkins to {{m: John Coltrane = 5…

Date: Jul 28th, 2015 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

William Schimmel: Theater of the Accordion

Long-time instructor at Julliard and all-around guru of the accordion, Dr. William Schimmel is a musical force of nature. Not a household name? Go to YouTube and type in “Scent of a Woman Tango” and watch the clip.

Date: Jul 28th, 2015 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Lena Hovanesian: irwinorange

In assigning colors to a musician’s “sound,” does alto saxophonist Lena Hovanesian blow orange? Maybe. On her debut CD, irwinorange, the title taken from the 2014 Franklin Evans’ painting of the same name, Hovanesian’s alto has a citrus-y tang, as she explores, sonically, her love of abstract art an…

Date: Jul 27th, 2015 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews