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Charles Lloyd New Quartet at The National Concert Hall

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Charles Lloyd New Quartet National Concert Hall jny:Dublin, Ireland November 18, 2014 At seventy six, saxophonist/flutist and composer Charles Lloyd could be forgiven for resting on his considerable laurels. Most musicians, however, are reluctant to trade the buzz of live performance for the free bus pass and Lloyd is no exception. Lloyd still performs in the major concert halls and at the most prestigious jazz festivals around the world to standing ovations and glowing reviews. At this point he could easily churn out crowd-pleasing material from a discography that stretches back to Discovery! (Columbia, ...

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Gideon Van Gelder: Lighthouse

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Amsterdam-based pianist Gideon van Gelder filters more bright ideas into his appropriately titled sophomore release Lighthouse, the follow up to the enlightening 2011 debut Perpetual (Kindred Spirits Records). This time the program juxtaposes funky ostinato pieces alongside beautiful tone-poem-like selections drawn from a wellspring of influences that include Stevie Wonder, Prince, and Bjork. Luckily, Van Gelder reenlists the same talented lineup found in the debut with the propulsive Jamire Williams now on drums with versatile bassist Rick Rosato putting down thick drum-and-bass rhythms. Other returning members include the standout reed player Lucas Pino who offers an array ...

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Danny Green Trio: After the Calm

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San Diego-based pianist Danny Green's 2012 CD release, A Thousand Ways Home (Tapestry Records) was too much of a good thing. A lot of fine music, but the album as a whole was over the edge on the shuffle in-and-out guest artistic slots for those who prefer a more focused and cohesive recording. After the Calm, Green's debut on OA2 Records doesn't have that problem. It is a straight through trio outing that showcases the pianist's particular skills in playing and songwriting on an all original set. If you're looking for a “piano trio school" to ...

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Enjoy Jazz Festival 2014

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Enjoy Jazz Festival Heidelberg, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Germany October 2 -November 15, 2014 Here are the festival numbers: 80 shows in almost seven weeks on 25 stages, performed by 250 musicians from 35 countries. Beyond the numbers there are many names: quite a few well known, a fair amount of established artists and -in a refreshing proportion-newcomers. True to its motto “festival for jazz and other such things," Enjoy Jazz carried out a gender cross section featuring musicians of the most diverse origins and orientations in a true musical celebration. Jazz was pigmented by ethno, electronics ...

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Nils Landgren: Christmas With My Friends IV

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Christmas is a time for tradition--turkey, mistletoe, reindeer, plum pudding. Since 2006 another fine tradition has been insinuating itself into the Christmases of jazz lovers--the Nils Landgren Christmas With My Friends album. The Swedish trombonist, singer and bandleader is now on volume IV. Packaged in bright, shiny, green and silver, it's a mix of old and new, familiar and unfamiliar. Every track, with a couple of notable exceptions, is a holiday-themed joy and even the exceptions seem, in Landgren's hands, to have been waiting for their chance to burst upon the holiday season. Unlike volume III, recorded at ...

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John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension at The Royal Festival Hall

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John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension Royal Festival Hall EFG London Jazz Festival November 20, 2014 For any artist to be invited to play three years in a row is unusual by the standards of most festivals. Guitarist John McLaughlin, however, is not 'any artist,' having blazed a unique and highly influential trail from his collaborations with Miles Davis and The Tony Williams' Lifetime in the 1960s and with his own groundbreaking bands the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti in the 1970s. Nor does the London Jazz Festival fall into the category of 'most festivals,' with ...

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Paul Rogers/Robin Fincker/Fabien Duscombs: Whahay

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Is playing with a European free jazz sensibility antithetical to the music of Charles Mingus? Absolutely. Does renowned bassist Paul Rogers try his hand at it with his new trio Whahay? Yes. Do they triumph? Without question, yes. Rogers, a veteran of the London scene and bands of Keith Tippett, Paul Dunmall, and Elton Dean, called upon two French musicians saxophonist/clarinetist Robin Fincker and drummer Fabien Duscombs to perform this Mingus tribute. The music is built upon Mingus' themes and melodies, like a Frank Gehry post-structuralist building that utilizes a traditional foundation as a delivery system for liberation. ...



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