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Green Mountain Jazz

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In observation, analysis and overall discussion of Burlington Vermont's vibrant music scene, the jazz demographic is all too often overlooked. But the vibrant undercurrent of the genre in the Queen City is like that which bubbles under in our culture at large, always present, usually noticeable with careful perusal but otherwise hard to highlight outside its devoted fans (or the annual ten days of the Discover Jazz Festival), without concerted focus. Bassist/composer Robinson Morse and saxophonist/composer Brian McCarthy are two ...

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Bobby Zankel and Odean Pope: Homage to John Coltrane 2017

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Bobby Zankel Warriors of the Wonderful Sound Featuring Odean Pope Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts 50th Anniversary Homage to John Coltrane Philadelphia, PA July 21, 2017 Fifty years ago, almost to the date, John Coltrane passed away at mid-career. In an all too brief ten plus year span, beginning with his tenure in the Miles Davis Quintet, and ending with his controversial suite, Meditations (Impulse, 1966), he became a role model ...

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Rodrigo Amado: The Attic

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The Attic unites three Portuguese musicians who are making a name for themselves beyond their native land. Now based in Rotterdam, bassist Gonçalo Almeida works with a range of European artists, but may be best known as leader of the Lama Trio, with trumpeter Susana Santos Silva. Saxophonist Rodrigo Amado probably enjoys the highest profile, befitting his activity with his own Motion Trio, which has featured as guests trumpeter Peter Evans and trombonist Jeb Bishop, as well as with his ...

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Free Radicals: Outside The Comfort Zone

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In their publicity blurb, Houston-based Free Radicals describe themselves as “a horn-driven instrumental dance band with a commitment to peace and justice." In 1998, the Radicals' debut album The Rising Tide Sinks All warned against George W. Bush's Iraq war four years before it began. 21 years on, and with Outside The Comfort Zone, the band is sounding alarm bells to warn about the rise of rampant racism, xenophobia, nationalism and human rights abuses. The band certainly evinces ...

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Igor Willcox: # 1

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Brazilian drummer Igor Willcox offers a little something for everyone on this nine-track debut album. Fans of fusion and jazz- funk in particular will appreciate Willcox's hard-driving, relentless style, and with some tasteful contributions from his colleagues, it's an auspicious outing from this versatile drummer and songwriter. Willcox clearly enjoys working with keyboardists, as all nine cuts feature keyboards of some kind; although tenor saxophonist Clayton Sousa is also a crucial presence on most of the tracks, the ...

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Maria Grand: Tetrawind

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Throughout the history of jazz there has always seem to be two camps, one camp maintains a discriminatory dividing line between vocalists and instrumentalists. Vocalist are not always viewed as equals with instrumentalist. Unfortunately, vocalists are stigmatized as not possessing the same time sense, improvisatory skills, and instrument control. However, this has thankfully been changing as of late. Furthermore, there is a continually growing number of artists that are both vocalists and instrumentalist. Saxophonist, vocalist, composer, and educator María Grand ...

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Bob Dylan: Triplicate

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If Bob Dylan's Triplicate, the thirty-eighth studio album of his fifty-year plus career, proves anything, it's that he's very serious about his exploration of the Great American Songbook. Not only is this his third straight studio recording devoted to such material, he deigned to be interviewed close to the March 31 2017 release of the recordings (spending more than a little time on the subject) and, on the current leg of his touring schedule, devotes at least a handful of ...

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Cuong Vu: Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs

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Having recently immersed myself in Miles Davis' In a Silent Way (Columbia, 1969) and Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1969), the journey to the music on trumpeter Cuong Vu's Ballet (The Music of Michael Gibbs) is a necessarily short one. Davis had been working up to his “Freedom Principle" throughout his recordings with is second great quintet, featuring Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. He achieved with his recordings closing out the 1960s, a compromise between the noises of ...

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The Seth Yacovone Blues Trio At Red Square

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The Seth Yacovone Blues Trio Red Square Burlington, VT July 16, 2017 On this warm, breezy summer evening outside Burlington Vermont's Red Square, The Seth Yacovone Blues Trio's first of three sets was sufficiently moving and diverse to satisfy like a concert complete unto itself. Yet the threesome's performance manifest passion and solidarity most directly through the inclusion of two numbers lying outside the strict definition of the blues. Seth Yacovone simultaneously ...


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