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John Kelman's Best Live Shows of 2014

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Less travel in 2014, due to an unexpected health problem, meant fewer shows than seen in the past half dozen years, but there was still plenty from which to choose for this 2014 list of some of the best live music heard from Montreal to Tallinn, San Francisco to Stavanger and, of course, at home in Ottawa, Canada--where, in addition to another outstanding year for the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, some off-season programming also brought some outstanding music from the harshest cold of the winter to the latter part of a particularly beautiful fall. In chronological sequence, here are 20 ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Frank Lowe: Out Loud

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The year separating Thanksgivings of 2013 and 2014 has abounded in historic reissues and discoveries. There are several from idiosyncratic bandleader Sun Ra in addition to ones from saxophonists John Coltrane, Clifford Jordan and Charles Lloyd. And of course there are such gems as the third volume of trumpeter Miles Davis' Fillmore bootlegs and clarinetist/saxophonist Jimmy Giuffre's New York Concerts on Elemental Music. Among such wealth it would be easy to overlook the limited edition, vinyl only release of saxophonist and flutist Frank Lowe's Out Loud. The never before heard pair of recordings from 1974 features Lowe's working ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wooley - Rempis - Niggenkemper - Corsano: From Wolves To Whales

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Heavy-duty improvisers, saxophonist Dave Rempis and trumpeter Nate Wooley comprise a union of Chicago and New York artists who share a similar vision. Thus, From Wolves To Whales marks the quartet's debut album. As anticipated, the musicians delve deep into the outside schema of jazz amid a largely aggressive mode of attack. With hustling cadences, energized soloing and all the customary trimmings, the band acutely morphs the improv platform with semi-structured song-forms. And while the free jazz connotations are intact, there's much more happening under the covers. Hence, the program is not rigidly centered on incessant soloing escapades and asymmetrical ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page

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Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page Jimmy Page 512 ISBN: 1905662327 Genesis Publications 2014 Of the truly talented musicians of our lifetimes, very few can rival the accomplishments and the stature of guitarist Jimmy Page. This enigmatic music genius and mastermind behind one of the best, if not the best, rock and roll bands of all time, Led Zeppelin, has had a storied career like no other. He has been renowned for many things like his guitar wizardry, compositional skills, production prowess, and interest in the occult. His innovative guitar style, production and writing ...

NEW YORK BEAT

Marcos Valle and Stacey Kent at Birdland

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Another of Brazil's music luminaries from the sixties, Marcos Valle, came to Gotham on December 9, 2014 to team up with Stacey Kent and Jim Tomlinson and advance the Brazilian omnipresence here of late. Last month I wrote of the dramatic emergence of the Spokfrevo Orquestra at Lincoln Center and everywhere this month there are appearances by Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta, Duduka da Fonseca, Hendrik Meurkens and many other Brasilieros. And the jazz audiences I joined both at Lincoln Center and Birdland contained so many Brazilians that the usual English translations were predictably sporadic. The musical magic of our neighbor ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Edwards: For Rei As A Doe: For piano and computer

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Michael Edwards is a British composer, based in Edinburgh, who developed a range of musical computer techniques ranging from real-time digital instruments to self-contained, algorithmic environments. His composition for piano and computer For Rei As A Doe, was originally written for Japanese pianist Rei Nakamura and reflects long years of practicing the vipassana meditation. It is a slow and quiet piece, in which silence has an equal role to the piano or subtle, minimalist electronics. The pianist, Austrian Karin Schistek performs with great focus and precision, letting the piano's resonating sonorities blossom organically to emphasiza a ...

SCUMBLES

John Kelly, musician, actor, performer

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John Kelly is a musician who, with his band 'Rockinpaddy' performs in pubs and clubs around the London area. He is also an actor, campaigner for disability rights and in grave danger of becoming something of a national treasure. He is a freelance performer with Graeae Theatre Company, has performed on major stages around the globe with artists including Herbie Flowers, The Blockheads and Linda Gale Lewis and is an active campaigner for disability rights. He has even been known to encourage a captive theatre audience to join in rousing choruses of songs about disability rights. All About Jazz decided ...



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