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April 15, 2014

Barb Jungr: Loving Living Life

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By SAMMY STEIN

Barb Jungr brings her infectious enthusiasm to even the most mundane of things. A stroll in the park is turned into a gleeful discovery as she finds a stand of daffodils; a walk home is turned into delight as Jungr snaps a picture of London by night from a bridge. She has that knack of spotting something you never realized was there and making you look at ordinary things differently. She plays with phrases and words--like 'polyglot,' or 'loop of life' and 'pants' (to mean something is rubbish, in this case the M6 motorway). Jungr loves words--she loves music, people, ...

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March 30, 2014

Eric Legnini: The Afro Beat from Europe

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By JEAN-PIERRE GOFFIN

Starting very young with his own trio--Stéphane Galland (Aka Moon, Joe Zawinul, Lobi) on drums and Jean-Louis Rassinfosse, bassist of the European Chet Baker's trio with Philip Catherine--Eric Legnini left jny: Brussels and has been living in jny: Paris since then, appearing first with drummer Aldo Romano, alto saxophonist Stefano Di Battista and trumpet player Flavio Boltro. His first three recordings in the European jazz sphere were Miss Soul (Label Bleu, 2005), Big Booggallo (Label Bleu, 2007) and Trippin (B.Flat, 2009). His latest projects are mainly afro beat oriented. All About Jazz: Could we summarize your musical career ...

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March 14, 2014

Perico Sambeat: More Than He Could Imagine

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By MARTA RAMON

Perico Sambeat is one of the most famous Spanish sax players around the world. Before he got special recognition in 2003 when he won the Bird award at the North Sea Jazz Festival, he had been working internationally for more than twenty years. This eclectic jazz musician has a rich discography both as a leader and as a sideman which includes different styles, from the straight ahead to Latin, hip hop or flamenco-jazz. This lively mind is always working in new personal projects. Last July he produced a tribute to Duke Ellington by directing more than one hundred ...

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March 10, 2014

Roberto Fonseca: The worthy heir of Afro-Cuban Jazz

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By GABRIEL MEDINA ARENAS

Success didn't knock on his door by random luck. Roberto Fonseca has worked hard to earn his reputation as one of the most renowned and skillful Cuban jazz pianists of his generation. The 38 year-old musician started playing drums when he was four years old and played at the International Jazz Festival of Havana when he was 15. Fonseca began his solo career when he was 24 and to date he has released seven studio albums and one live record. He has also played with some of the most illustrious Cuban musicians of all times. Fonseca ...

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February 28, 2014

The Four Freshmen: Tradition and Innovation in a New Century

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By RICHARD J SALVUCCI

The year was 1963. The President of the United States was John F Kennedy. It was late Summer. I was riding back from the Jersey shore, returning from vacation. I was twelve years old. My Dad always had music on, always and everywhere, but especially, in the car, a two-tone 1955 Buick Special. I'm pretty sure the tuner had push buttons. I was, as usual, in the back seat. One reason the scene from fifty years ago returns so clearly is, of course, the music Dad had on fixed the scene in both my aural and ...

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February 21, 2014

Steven Lugerner: Jericho and San Francisco

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By DANIEL LEHNER

Eric Dolphy once mused, “When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone, in the air. You can never capture it again." Luckily for fellow multi-reedist Steve Lugerner, that's a piece of wisdom that the Bay Area musician did not take at face value. For his release, For We Have Heard, Lugerner devised a means of music making that seriously excited his band mates like Myra Melford and Matt Wilson. “Upon hearing it, they all freaked out," recalls Lugerner. “I didn't really know what to expect, but they were all like 'This is super happening! I've never heard anything like ...

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February 20, 2014

John Lurie's Art For Art's Sake

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By MARK CORROTO

The release of The Invention Of Animals (Amulet, 2014) finds the return of saxophonist and visual artist John Lurie to the musical spotlight he left nearly twenty years ago. First recognized in the late 1970s for his Downtown band The Lounge Lizards, a band that introduced many listeners to artists such as Marc Ribot, Michael Blake, Roy Nathanson, Steven Bernstein and brother Evan Lurie. Lurie's music spearheaded the political resistance to the neo-cons conservative jazz movement of the 1980s. He composed and recorded soundtracks to films including, Mystery Train, Clay Pigeons, Animal Factory and Get Shorty in addition to acting ...

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December 15, 2013

Daniel Bennett: Saxophone Man

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By SAMMY STEIN

Daniel Bennett grew up in Rochester, New York and is now based in New York. The fourth and latest album from The Daniel Bennett Group, Clockhead Goes To Camp has had positive reviews and is a resounding success. The group are busy playing all through the festive season with many gigs in libraries and small venues across the US. Though he concentrates mainly on saxophone, Daniel also plays a range of instruments including flute, oboe and clarinet. However, in spite of being a shy kid, he was also tenacious. If he had not been , he may have ...

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November 16, 2013

Nils Petter Molvaer: The Trumpet Does the Dreaming

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By ADRIANA CARCU

Nils Petter Molvaer has long reached the musical excellence that places him amongst the most accomplished contemporary jazz musicians. As an early exponent of Nu Jazz, he mapped out a virgin musical territory and contributed to the branding of the Nordic Sound, today a genre in its own right, and still in full expansion. Molvaer's sonic hallmark--traced back to Miles Davis by many jazz critics, and accredited by himself to Jon Hassell--has that unique quality in which the ethereal dreaminess of tone and the abyssal richness of textures coexist. His most recent collaboration project, realized together with the ...

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November 7, 2013

The La Barbera Brothers: Jazz DNA

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By NICHOLAS F. MONDELLO

It's an interesting phenomenon how certain families enter and distinguish themselves in this marvelous world of jazz--The Joneses, Heaths, Candolis, Royals, Breckers, Mangiones, and others. Over the last five decades--even many more if one goes farther back to when they were young children playing in the family band with Mom and Pop--the La Barbera Brothers--John, Joe and Pat have graced stages with pantheon artists such as Bill Evans, Buddy Rich, Buddy DeFranco, DIVA, Tony Bennett, Elvin Jones and many more. Each of the La Barbera Brothers has a resume that stands most formidable in the biz. When their collective musical ...

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November 4, 2013

Randy Brecker: A Fusion Legacy

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By R.J. DELUKE

On stage at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland last July, the ubiquitous trumpeter Randy Brecker lowered his horn after playing two joyous and funky numbers on the stage that is one of the festivals largest venues, serving as a hockey arena during the appropriate season. There were throngs of people, sitting and standing, gleefully taking in the music. After wiping his forehead, Brecker formally announced his group: the Brecker Brothers Reunion Band. “We play FUSION," he said, emphasizing the last word in a lower-register, foghorn like bellow. He repeated “FUUUUUSION." He meant it. The ...

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October 13, 2013

Rob Garza: Being Open-minded

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By NENAD GEORGIEVSKI

DJ and producer Rob Garza has been known as one half of the kaleidoscopic duo Thievery Corporation, along with Eric Hilton. Earlier this year Garza released a collection of 14 remixes that he has done for artists such as Gogol Bordello, Tycho and Miguel Migs. Remixes is a crisscross concoction that merges beats, ambient waves, low --fi, psychedelic, deep house into an intriguing whole. On the other front, regarding Thievery Corporation, the band has been touring sporadically and has just finished its new record titled Saudade. The band's trademark sound that consists of chilled trip-hop, dub, lounge and casual musical ...

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October 8, 2013

Trent Austin: Pulling an Ace from the Musical Deck

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By NICHOLAS F. MONDELLO

New England-based trumpeter, Trent Austin is indeed a Renaissance Man--multi-genre performer, business owner, trumpet/brass equipment designer, clinician and teacher. He's also one of the most beloved and respected--by the greatest of players and up-and-coming players--in each of those activities. I caught up with Austin as he plans to head out on tour in October with the brilliant clarinetist, Ken Peplowski and the Capitol Jazz Orchestra. All About Jazz: On behalf of All About Jazz, thanks for taking time to speak with me. Trent Austin: Thanks so much, Nick and thanks to All About Jazz for inviting ...

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September 25, 2013

Snarky Puppy: The Whole Family

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By TYLER JENNINGS HENDERSON

Snarky Puppy is currently one of the freshest sounds in modern jazz. Lead by bassist Michael League, the young troupe of North Texas grads mixed in with the best and brightest of the New York and Dallas music scenes features a funk and groove style that can't be matched.Snarky Puppy is coming off of a year where their 2012 album/DVD, groundUP, reached critically acclaimed heights with funky hits such as “Thing of Gold," “Young Stuff" and “Binky." League plays with a self-dubbed “family" of players that include Robert “Sput" Searight on drums, Nate Werth and Keita Ogawa on ...

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