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Dec
2
2018

CHARENEE WADE

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Foundry 616, November 16 9/10 It’s the difference between engaging the audience and casting a spell. Not many can do it, but jazz singer Charenee Wade can. Betty Carter was a supreme exemplar, and while Wade’s spell is not yet as profound as Carter’s, she has Carter-like raw materials in her singing, musicianship, sensibilities, conviction. […]

Nov
29
2018

KIRA KIRA/JACHLO

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Foundry 616, November 14 7.5/10 Unlike on Kira Kira’s album, Bright Force, it was not the maelstroms of energy that were so transfixing here, but the softer passages. Twice during the hour-long suite – in which composed elements provided pathways and signposts for very open improvising – the dynamics and energy dropped away to little […]

Nov
13
2018

FORQ

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Venue 505, October 31 7/10   Reviewing by resort to comparison always seems lame, but Forq defeats me. It’s not that the band overtly copies anyone specific, but rather that the whole concert flares with sounds and ideas you’ve heard before. Happily they are often ones you don’t expect to hear in the same musical […]

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