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  • Steve Swell’s Nation of We

    published September 1, 2010

    vThe trombonist's quintets already sound huge (as evidenced in the new 5000 Poems), so what kind of wail will his large ensemble deliver?... More >>

  • Kurt Rosenwinkel Big Band

    published September 1, 2010

    The large ensemble's swells provide a rich buffer for the guitarist's solos, and the chosen terrain is both familiar and novel. Our Secret... More >>

  • Paul Motian, Bill Lovano & Joe Frisell

    published August 25, 2010

    Their annual two-week takeover of the celebrated cellar commenced with a man down--Lovano ws busy elsewhere. But this week, mighty Sir Joe returns... More >>

  • Miguel Zenon Quartet

    published August 25, 2010

    They're one of the town's killer-diller jazz bands, relentlessly bobbing, weaving, and swinging angled phrases and arithmetic beats until the room... More >>

  • Wayne Krantz Band

    published August 25, 2010

    Can fusion be thoughtful and florid at the same time, yet also tumultuous and focused? The guitarist has a key for unlocking such conundrums, and... More >>

  • Tony Malaby's Apparitions

    published August 25, 2010

    "Loud Dove" might be the song title that best describes the tenor saxophonist's approach. Malaby's blend of lyricism and clamor is one of the... More >>

  • Motian, Lovano & Frisell

    published August 18, 2010

    Their annual two-week takeover of the celebrated cellar commences with a man down--Lovano is busy elsewhere. The initial week finds the shimmering... More >>

  • BOY MEETS HORN

    published August 18, 2010

    Wynton Marsalis’s jazz has long boasted cinematic qualities. His 1992 album Citi Movement was presented as a tone parallel to the... More >>

  • RJ Miller & Bill McHenry

    published August 18, 2010

    Boom, boom, boom: They came out hitting a few weeks ago. The drummer and tenor sax player have been rehearsing the nuances needed to turn a... More >>

  • Ryan Keberle Double Quartet

    published August 18, 2010

    The trombonist took a blustery yet beautiful solo with Darcy James Argue's brood in Newport a few weeks ago. Ditto for a lyrical romp he provided... More >>

  • Yard Byard

    published August 11, 2010

    This Jaki Byard repertory outfit played at the Brooklyn Lyceum last month and were impressive in the way they gave props to both the wily... More >>

  • 'Attias Quintet Twines of Colesion CD Release'

    published August 11, 2010

    They're not twines, exactly, but long, thick ropes that bind the bandleader's sax with that of Tony Malaby. The pair circle and swoop through each... More >>

  • Russ Lossing

    published August 11, 2010

    There's a circle of local improvisers who are mastering all things mercurial, and the pianist's fluid approach to melodies and their... More >>

  • Tyshawn Sorey

    published August 4, 2010

    This three-night stand lets the uproarious drummer pay attention to his composer persona. He's a thoughtful experimentalist who's smitten with... More >>

  • Jon Irabagon

    published August 4, 2010

    The cackling free-bop that marks his playing with Mostly Other People Do the Killing is a good way to view the wily alto saxophonist's overall... More >>

  • Ralph Alessi Quartet

    published August 4, 2010

    The trumpeter often finds ways to spill push-and pull rhythms fluidly, and he hones his processes on the new Cognitive Dissonance. Even the... More >>

  • Lenny White's Anomaly & Jimmy Herring

    published August 4, 2010

    The propulsive drummer hasn't toured in a decade. His new album, Anomaly, mixes the jazz-rock heat of his Return to Forever days... More >>

  • Ethan Iverson & Mark Turner

    published July 27, 2010

    When the Bad Plus pianist Iverson turns his attention to standards and drops into local clubs with like-minded pals, he brings his considerable... More >>

  • Ivo Perelman, Daniel Levin & Andrew Cyrille

    published July 27, 2010

    The unscripted nature of their outcast interests finds this trio perpetually running risks but, if there were ever a chemistry ideal for a foray... More >>

  • Greg Osby Quintet

    published July 27, 2010

    Skittishness is part of the saxophonist's art, and it keeps everyone—his bands, his audiences—on their toes. After a quarter century of... More >>

  • 'Jazz In July'

    published July 20, 2010

    The through-line of this season's festival is vocalists. From Carol Sloane singing nuggets of the silver screen to Sandy Stewart updating Jerome... More >>

  • Geri Allen & Timeline

    published July 20, 2010

    She's a perfect example of a pianist who turns groove music into a head trip. Deep thoughts are always spilling from the keyboard, where agitation... More >>

  • Maria Schneider Orchestra

    published July 20, 2010

    She writes for the road, and a two-lane blacktop points to vista after vista. She writes for the heavens and suddenly everyone in the room is... More >>

  • Darius Jones

    published July 20, 2010

    Pure power rings through the metal of his alto sax, and the frenetics that invariably erupt are often grounded in something spiritual. That's why... More >>

  • Alternative Guitar Festival

    published July 20, 2010

    These curators found a deep mix 'n' match talent. Joel Harrison was both clever and insightful when concocting the six duets that comprise this... More >>

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