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Mark O'Connor – String Quartets Nos. 2 and 3 (2009)

Mark O'Connor – String Quartets Nos. 2 and 3 (2009)

by Nick DeRiso Violinist Mark O’Connor continues one of the most fascinating, brilliantly original re-imaginings of classical music in our time with “Nos. 2 and 3.” He works not in the dusty pages of the familiar, but in a refreshing vernacular — and, along the way, imbues this OMAC Records release (issued in May) with a magical propulsion. His journey,Read More

Hailey Niswanger – Confeddie (2009)

Hailey Niswanger – Confeddie (2009)

by Pico An uber-talented young gal from Oregon with a fresh, delightful debut record that brings back to life classic American music of prior generations. That’s what I said in a nutshell about Diane Birch’s Bible Belt, but this time, the buzz is about Hailey Niswanger. Ms. Niswanger (pronounced NICE-wonger) plies her trade in a much different musical arena, though,Read More

Diane Birch – Bible Belt (2009)

Diane Birch – Bible Belt (2009)

by Pico It’s a classically American record by an American who was an expatriate for half of her young life. Being the daughter of a globe trotting missionary didn’t give Diana Birch a first hand indoctrination to American culture the way most Americans get it, but she was always a quick study taking up piano at the age of seven,Read More

Quartet Offensive – Carnivore (2009)

Quartet Offensive – Carnivore (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron Know any good music in Baltimore? I do. The city that has spawned or raised such diverse, quirky talents such as Cab Calloway, Frank Zappa and David Byrne is currently the home to a new one: Quartet Offensive. Formed just two years ago, Quartet Offensive plays music where crunchy rock, jazz and whack jazz intersect. It’sRead More

Steve Kuhn Trio with Joe Lovano – Mostly Coltrane (2009)

Steve Kuhn Trio with Joe Lovano – Mostly Coltrane (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron Brooklyn-born Steve Kuhn has not only enjoyed a long and fruitful career as a pianist of acclaim, but an interesting one as well. He studied classical piano under Margaret Chaloff, who also educated other jazz pianist luminaries like Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett. At thirteen, he comped for Madame Chaloff’s son Serge, the great baritone player.Read More

Matt Wilson Quartet – That's Gonna To Leave A Mark (2009)

Matt Wilson Quartet – That's Gonna To Leave A Mark (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron The highly versatile drummer Matt Wilson has made a name as a leader of bands that straddled the fence between post-bop and avant garde with other music forms tossed in for grins ever since his headliner debut As Wave Follows Wave, which featured tenor sax veteran Dewey Redman. Soon afterwards, Wilson formed his piano-less Quartet thatRead More

Quickies: Three Fresh Ones From ECM Records (Andy Sheppard, Evan Parker, Louis Sclavis)

Quickies: Three Fresh Ones From ECM Records (Andy Sheppard, Evan Parker, Louis Sclavis)

by Pico Tuesday was pretty busy day for Manfred Eicher’s fabled label ECM Records, as this was a day when they are released no less than five CD’s. For this all-ECM version of Quickies, we’re going to take some fairly brief looks at three of these, the more jazz-oriented ones. But like so many ECM titles, these aren’t jazz inRead More

Levon Helm – Electric Dirt (2009)

Levon Helm – Electric Dirt (2009)

With Levon Helm’s ‘Electric Dirt,’ you’re hearing the sound of a man, and a singer, reborn.

Johnnie Bassett – The Gentleman Is Back (2009)

Johnnie Bassett – The Gentleman Is Back (2009)

Refined, yet deliciously groovy, 72-year-old Johnnie Bassett’s music — and his bearing — belies his family’s rascally bootlegger roots. It’s perhaps no surprise, though, that many of the more well-known Florida-area bluesmen of the Prohibition era — Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, Lonnie Johnson, Tampa Red — would stop by to sample the product. A young Bassett got to know themRead More

East West Quintet – Vast (2009)

East West Quintet – Vast (2009)

by Pico East West Quintet, based out of the decidedly eastern locality of Brooklyn, NY, is coming out with only their second full-length album today, Vast. Starting out in 2003 as an outfit celebrating the soulful hard bop popularized by Cannonball Adderley and his famous quintet, East West quickly absorbed much of the diverse music of their NYC environs: hipRead More

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