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  • CAN YOU DIG IT?

    published December 29, 2010

    It’s a circus that ignites the local jazz landscape for two long nights. But better, the Winter Jazz Fest is also a sparkplug of... More >>

  • Overtone Quartet

    published December 29, 2010

    It's a collectively-run band that began under Dave Holland's knowing eye. The sad fact that the esteemed bassist had to bow out of this week's... More >>

  • The Bad Plus

    published December 22, 2010

    Fanfare and flourish may be two of their strong suits, but the celebrated jazz trio with the pop music know-how has one truly signature element:... More >>

  • William Parker+Rob Brown+Gerald Cleaver

    published December 22, 2010

    Call it a micro Vision Fest that’s welcoming the new year with an evening of duets and trios. Bassist William Parker’s earthy thump... More >>

  • Tom Rainey Trio

    published December 22, 2010

    There's poetry in the array of abstractions comprising Pool School, the first disc as a leader by the ubiquitous and idiosyncratic drummer.... More >>

  • Francisco Mela, Vijay Iyer & Larry Grenadier

    published December 15, 2010

    Each participant is well aware of a jazz trio's dynamic needs, and each has focus when it comes to revealing the splendor of rhythmic variation.... More >>

  • Alan Ferber Nonet

    published December 15, 2010

    I'm down with the way the trombonist makes his somewhat stately charts swing, as if a library were suddenly doing business inside a jazz hall. His... More >>

  • Matt Wilson's Christmas Trio

    published December 15, 2010

    In the last few weeks, Rudolph has guided the drummer's sleigh from Chicago to Cambridge, and there were tidings of comfort and joy after their... More >>

  • Escreet, Binney, Krantz & Gilmore

    published December 8, 2010

    Pianist John Escreet and saxophonist David Binney prove their deep simpatico on Don't Fight the Inevitable; both like to squeeze aggressive... More >>

  • Mostly Other People Do the Killing

    published December 8, 2010

    They don't make a musical move without injecting it with sass, but the quartet's explosive improv is anything but frivolous (and only a smidge... More >>

  • Edward Simon Trio

    published December 8, 2010

    The pianist was recruited by the SFJazz Collective last winter and spent a chunk of the year working with their imaginative Horace Silver designs.... More >>

  • aarses

    published December 8, 2010

    The last time guitarist David Torn connected with saxophonist Tim Berne, they came up with Prezens, an excursion into the wild blue yonder... More >>

  • Roy Haynes Quartet

    published December 1, 2010

    The drummer boasts obvious vitality, but it's the nuance central to his muscular moves that really lift his music. He chops at traditional grooves... More >>

  • Mario Pavone's Orange Double Tenor

    published December 1, 2010

    This sextet is a little big band, and it's easy to dig both their gentility and gumption. Throughout the new Arc Suite T/Pi T/Po, the... More >>

  • Fred Hersch

    published November 24, 2010

    Known for his consummate subtlety, the pianist always keeps his poetic side front and center. Here's a guy who can imply a melody with just a few... More >>

  • Joel Harrison Septet

    published November 24, 2010

    If the string quartet arrangements on the guitarist's new Paul Motian tribute disc are any indication, this chamber ensemble's original pieces... More >>

  • The Microscopic Septet

    published November 24, 2010

    Monk's music deserves to be interpreted by artists who know what a funny bone feels like, and this longstanding outfit has never been at a loss... More >>

  • Sam Newsome Quartet

    published November 17, 2010

    He's been refining his solo stance of late (and redefining his art in the process), but the soprano saxophonist has always been superb at jazz's... More >>

  • 'Search and Restore Fundraiser'

    published November 17, 2010

    Adam Schatz and the Search & Restore dudes have been trying to inject new life into local jazz presentations for a few years, and this program of... More >>

  • Jeff Davis New Trio

    published November 17, 2010

    On their latest, We Sleep Outside, the sextet takes their abstractions seriously. Davis the bandleader has his team investigate the nooks... More >>

  • 'Roswell Rudd 75th Birthday'

    published November 10, 2010

    Call it the revolving door effect: the trombonist's work is based on a ceaseless string of collaborations. Little surprise then, that his b-day... More >>

  • Wadada Leo Smith's Silver Orchestra+Amina Claudine Myers & Reggie Nicholson

    published November 10, 2010

    By choosing individualism above all else, trumpeter Smith has carved a unique spot for himself: a philosopher/bandleader with a constant yen for... More >>

  • Adam Kolker Trio

    published November 10, 2010

    Kolker's one of those saxophonists who bring a lithe sensuality to every line, even those that come out of his horn with their dukes put up. He's... More >>

  • Mark Turner

    published November 3, 2010

    A few weeks ago at the Jazz Gallery, the tenor saxophonist snaked around his horn with the SFJazz Collective. On a piece called "Triplet Threat,"... More >>

  • Endangered Blood & Skuli Sverrisson

    published November 3, 2010

    Some two-reed bands underscore conflict. This new foursome lets its saxophonists, Chris Speed and Oscar Noriega, parallel each other and the depth... More >>

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