Aug
8
2013

Freedman Jazz 2013

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The Studio, August 5. Beyond giving one lucky artist a substantial leg-up each year the concert deciding the $15,000 Freedman Jazz Fellowship has become a snapshot of the breadth of activity occurring under the jazz umbrella. This year’s four finalists presented music ranging from an extended composition for saxophone quartet and piano to intimate guitar/drums […]

Aug
5
2013

Reijseger/Fraanje/Sylla CD

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  Down Deep (Winter & Winter/Birdland) This extraordinary album is the most thorough integration of jazz, African and classical elements I have heard, with the end result as visceral as flamenco singing or Hound Dog Taylor’s guitar. The trio consists of Ernst Reijseger (cello, voice), Harmen Fraanje (piano) and Mola Sylla (vocals, m’bira, xalam, kongoma, […]

Aug
4
2013

Resurgence CD

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Duende (Gracemusic) The title track may well be the most arresting short composition that Mark Isaacs has penned. Delicate, pensive and brooding, the melody is shared between piano, tenor saxophone and guitar, and could be an aria from an unwritten opera. It certainly earns its repeat appearance later on the disc as a goose-bump-inducing solo […]