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  • 9 years ago

    The Skirl Records launch party began with an announcement: Trombonist Curtis Hasselbring and his wife had had a baby two nights prior. So the applause was already congratulatory as Hasselbring, rumpled and beaming, brought his New Mellow Edwards o...

  • 10 years ago

    1. THELONIOUS MONK QUARTET: Thelonious Monk Quartet With John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall (Blue Note) Monk on top of the world, Coltrane in the throes of discovery, and each inspiring the other's best efforts. 2. JOHN COLTRANE: One Down, One Up: Liv...

  • 10 years ago

    Ornette Coleman didn't put in a cameo with pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer David King at their intrepidly programmed Newark summit meeting, but he was the baddest member of the Bad Plus nevertheless. His influence anchore...

  • 10 years ago

    "This is the only night this month that I could get these guys together," Chris Lightcap explained before his first set at Barbés. The bassist was referring to his blue-ribbon quintet—tenor saxophonists Mark Turner and Tony Malaby, pia...

  • 10 years ago

    In recent settings, notably his sextet Zooid, Henry Threadgill has savored the effect of archly contrasting timbres. The group he premiered at MOMA's Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, another six-piece he calls 3 + 3, was no exception, although its th...

  • 10 years ago

    Though lacking the clout of JVC and the community of the Vision Festival, the Festival of New Trumpet Music, a/k/a FONT Music, has evolved into a summer institution. Its third incarnation, intelligently designed by Dave Douglas, Roy Campbell, and ...