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2010 Stories by Jim Macnie

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  • Henry Threadgill’s Zooid

    published November 3, 2010

    As the year closes, we're getting a deeper look at the composer's visionary moves. A thick Mosaic box-set accounts for several chunks of music... More >>

  • Stephan Crump & James Carney

    published October 27, 2010

    There's something wonderfully mercurial about the music that the bassist and pianist offer on the new Echo, Run, Pry. The two fully... More >>

  • Michael Formanek

    published October 20, 2010

    The bassist's discs as a leader a few and far between, so it's a bit of an event when he drops something new, such as this fall's The Rub and... More >>

  • 'Enescu Re-Imagined'

    published October 20, 2010

    I don't know squat about the Romanian composer that the pianist and bassist celebrate on their new Sunnyside disc, but I do know that their... More >>

  • Thomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up

    published October 20, 2010

    The drummer has named his latest band appropriately. Ensembles can go anywhere if the intra-group chemistry is cooking, and throughout the new... More >>

  • 'New York Composers Orchestra 25th Anniversary'

    published October 13, 2010

    Back in the mid-'80s, we filed this downtown big band under the heading of exemplary experiment but, in the two decades since their New World... More >>

  • Dan Tepfer Trio

    published October 13, 2010

    On "Peal, Repeal" from the new Five Pedals Deep, the young pianist suggests a handful of ways to turn a wealth of skittish phrases into a... More >>

  • SF Jazz Collective

    published October 13, 2010

    Jazz repertory was dealt a rich hand when this Left Coast initiative launched back in 2004. Its ever-shifting membership has kept the chemistry... More >>

  • The Cookers

    published October 6, 2010

    What's lacking in their design innovation is more than made up for in soloing gravitas. The mainstream elders who drive this outfit (Billy Harper,... More >>

  • Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green

    published October 6, 2010

    Forming this inter-generational alto confab was a great move by both participants. Thirty-something fire-breather Mahanthappa is a dude who likes... More >>

  • Mike Reed's People, Places & Things

    published October 6, 2010

    The Chicago drummer does a great job of stumping for the Windy City canon. His two-reed band makes a point of updating Midwestern stylistic turns,... More >>

  • Dave Leibman Big Band

    published September 29, 2010

    The club is wrapping up a stretch of Wednesday gigs dedicated to large ensembles, and the veteran saxophonist leads a rich blend of reeds, brass,... More >>

  • Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet

    published September 29, 2010

    Curatorial skills are key in designing an album's flow, and from the Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn opener to Joe Henderson's "Punjab" at the tail end, the... More >>

  • Anat Fort

    published September 29, 2010

    She zig-zags between here and Israel, refining the way her fingers glide over the piano keys, looking for the kind of engaging interplay that... More >>

  • Joshua Redman Trio

    published September 22, 2010

    Bill McHenry, Jon Irabagon, Sonny Rollins himself. . . the local jazz community has been talking about tenor trios lately. Here comes one of the... More >>

  • Mary Halvorson

    published September 22, 2010

    They may seem thorny, but the intersecting lines the guitarist uses to build her pieces are both sound and elaborate; this former student of... More >>

  • 'Celebrating Ornette Coleman'

    published September 15, 2010

    Photographer Jimmy Katz was inspired by a recent encounter with the 80-year-old superhero (no, not the Sonny Rollins bash at Beacon Theatre), and... More >>

  • Bryan & the Haggards

    published September 15, 2010

    It's hard to make a saxophone twang, but reeds can definitely be bent in a way that'll make a few tears fall into a few beers. This happens when... More >>

  • Avishai Cohen

    published September 15, 2010

    The trumpeter moves from ensemble to ensemble, and the latest jump is one of his most daring. Triveni finds him in a trio with bassist Omer... More >>

  • The Jazz Passengers

    published September 15, 2010

    Cue wobbly gamelan: plink, plink, clink, clink. Cue aged whisper: "When people work together for a while, they do grow to care about each... More >>

  • The Bad Plus

    published September 8, 2010

    It didn't dawn on me until I spent time with the new Never Stop, but the Bad Plus's famed flourishes are sometimes tsunamis of catharsis.... More >>

  • Marc Ribot

    published September 8, 2010

    If you only know him as someone who tears shit up--which he does in some of the fiercest and most eloquent ways possible--you might be surprised... More >>

  • Antonio Sanchez Quartet

    published September 8, 2010

    A ferocious drummer who's also a deeply attentive collaborator, Sanchez makes sure his storms don't overwhelm his teammates. On a jolting new live... More >>

  • Nate Wooley

    published September 1, 2010

    The self-described "confrontational" trumpet player is adept at an avant lingo that offers strength in splatters and titillation in textures. But... More >>

  • Harris Eisenstadt's September Trio

    published September 1, 2010

    Little snips of melody arrive at the most crucial moments in the drummer's work. Recent discs for the Clean Feed label find tunefulness as central... More >>

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