Sep
4
2013

Paul Motian CD

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Paul Motian (ECM) It was none other than Keith Jarrett who, around 1970, sold a piano to Paul Motian. Motian, already one of jazz’s key drummers, had a head swimming with melodies, many of them carrying echoes of his Armenian/Turkish heritage. Now he learned notation and began to formalise them. ECM Records boss Manfred Eicher […]

Sep
3
2013

Eddie Bronson

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Camelot Lounge, August 29  Here was the perfect antidote to the election campaign. Where our democracy has descended to banal veneers Eddie Bronson’s music was all substance and no surface. Virtually every note was heartfelt, charged with meaning, amusing or all three. Bronson joins Merv Acheson and Mark Simmonds as one of the great tenor […]

Aug
29
2013

The Billie, Ella and Louis Show

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Zenith Theatre, August 24  I’ve heard the Modern Jazz Quartet and the Art Ensemble of Chicago do it, and when Dan Barnett and his band did for one song here I wondered why more don’t try it. They turned off all sources of amplification and gifted us a completely acoustic version of Mood Indigo. Yes, […]