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Entries from August 2015

The Global Jazz Orchestra: Global Warming / Globarhythm

One day, about a dozen or so years ago, a slender, unassuming Japanese man stood at a booth at the far end of an exhibit hall at an annual conference of the (now-defunct) International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE). Answering a question posed by a writer looking for big-band CDs to review, he…

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

Arshak Sirunyan: Serendipity

Pianist/composer Arshak Sirunyan last offered up a startlingly good multi-media, cross-genre collection with Hoodman’s Blind (Self-produced, 2014). That recording found the Armenian born musician tackling the complexities of translating a medieval contest of strategy to an engaging musical concept… [ read more ]

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

London, Meander, Pramuk and Ross: The Royal Bopsters Project

In the beginning, and by “beginning” I mean the February 26, 1926 commitment to shellac of Boyd Atkins’ “Heebie Jeebies” by one m: Louis Armstrong . Legend has it that Armstrong dropped his lyric sheet while recording the song and no words to sing, began to improvise his vocals, creating s… [ read more ]

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

Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers Deluxe Edition

In combination with the 2015 ‘Zip Code’ tour, on which the band played the album in its entirety more than once, the reissue of the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones Records, 1971) is a valiant and fully-justified effort to restore the significance of the album, the importance of which… [ read more ]

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

Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt: Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt

The eponymous debut from Toronto-based bassist Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt is a tough one to pin down and an easy one to get pleasantly lost in. Higgins regularly walks through different musical worlds, working with the folk-rock outfit Great Lake Swimmers, the Balkan-klezmer band Beyond The Pale, th… [ read more ]

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

Harris Eisenstadt: Canada Day IV

Canada Day has been drummer Harris Eisenstadt’s flagship ensemble since its first gig on July 1, 2007–his homeland’s national holiday, hence the band name. In the ensuing years the quintet has developed an identifiably cohesive sound that expertly balances avant-garde explorations and in-the-pocket… [ read more ]

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

New Zealand School of Music Big Band: Too Cool

While the latest CD by the splendid New Zealand School of Music Big Band may not be Too Cool, it’s definitely chilly enough to demand that the average listener wear earmuffs while sampling its frigid yet at the same time fiery bill of fare. Blues got you down? A few bars of the orchestra’s sunny cur… [ read more ]

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