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Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra – Make America Great Again – Troubadour Jazz

Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra – Make America Great Again – Troubadour Jazz

New Orleans jazz – helping to “make America great again?”… Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra – Make America Great Again – Troubadour Jazz TJR103016, 62:48 (9/16/16) ****: (Delfeayo Marsalis – trombone; Khari Allen Lee – alto & soprano sax; Jeronne Ansari – alto sax; Roderick Paulin – tenor & alto sax; Gregory Agid – clarinet & tenor sax; Scott Johnson – tenor & baritone sax; Roger Lewis – baritone sax; Terrance Taplin, Charles Williams, Jeffery Miller, T. J. Norris, Maurice Trosclair – trombones; Andrew Baham, Scott Frock, Dr. Brice Miller, John Gray, Jamelle Williams – trumpets; Kyle Roussell – piano; Meghan Swartz – piano; David Pulphus – bass. With special guests – Dee-1 – rap; Cynthia Liggins Thomas – vocal; Wendell Pierce – narration; Branford Marsalis – tenor sax; Victor Goines – tenor sax; Oliver Bonie – baritone sax; John Culbreth – trumpet; Jeff Albert – bass trombone; Uptown Music Theatre Choir – Cynthia Liggins Thomas, Tara Alexander, Ebon George, Jazmine Piper-Marsalis, Kiya Henderson, Justice Smith, Celeste Metoyer, Hillary Vaucresson) Jazz artists are not typically political junkies, with some notable exceptions, i.e Bob Brookmeyer, and Charlie Haden. However, many jazz musicians have keen hip observational skills in finding […]

Jason Roebke Octet – Cinema Spiral – NoBusiness

Jason Roebke Octet – Cinema Spiral – NoBusiness

Unpredictable, Chicago-styled ensemble improvisation and composition. Jason Roebke Octet – Cinema Spiral [TrackList Follows] – NoBusiness NBCD 86, 52:39 [9/16/16] ****: (Greg Ward – alto saxophone; Keefe Jackson – tenor and sopranino saxophone, contrabass clarinet; Jason Stein – bass clarinet; Josh Berman – trumpet; Jeb Bishop – trombone; Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone; Jason Roebke – bass; Mike Reed – drums) Listening to Chicago-based bassist Jason Roebke’s sophomore octet album, Cinema Spiral, is like reading an interconnected short story collection (think Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles, for example). That’s because Roebke’s seven linked pieces share commonality, and flow from tune to tune. The film-inclined title is also reflected in the music and track titles, such as the opener, “Looking Directly into the Camera,” “Focusing” and others. Like much of his Chicago jazz compatriots, Roebke pens forward-gazing jazz with a modernist viewpoint. The sizeable line-up plus the intensely dynamic arrangements provide a Mingus-esque style. Roebke wrote his long-form opus with his group in mind, which comprises some of Chicago’s notable jazz artists: alto saxophonist Greg Ward; Keefe Jackson (on tenor and sopranino saxophone, as well as contrabass clarinet); bass clarinetist Jason Stein; trumpeter Josh Berman; trombonist Jeb Bishop; vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz; and drummer […]

Cowboys & Frenchmen – Rodeo – Outside In Music

Cowboys & Frenchmen – Rodeo – Outside In Music

Jazz influenced by cinema, geography and youthful zeal. Cowboys & Frenchmen – Rodeo [TrackList follows] – Outside In Music 1502, 52:42 [11/4/15] ***1/2: (Ethan Helm – alto saxophone, flute, clarinet; Owen Broder – alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet; Chris Ziemba – piano; Ethan O’Reilly – bass; Matt Honor – drums) Jazz musicians are influenced by other jazz artists. Filmmakers are inspired by other movie directors. But the world being what it is there are numerous facets which can motivate someone to create. For example, there is the New York City jazz quintet, Cowboys & Frenchmen. The group’s name comes from a David Lynch 1988 short film called The Cowboy and The Frenchman. On the band’s 52-minute debut, Rodeo, Cowboys & Frenchmen combine original material with unexpected covers by the Beatles and from the folk/country field. Some pieces represent musical portraits of European landscapes, while others allude to Buddhism. Cowboys & Frenchmen consists of multi-horn players Ethan Helm (alto saxophone, flute, and clarinet) and Owen Broder (alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet); pianist Chris Ziemba; bassist Ethan O’Reilly; and drummer Matt Honor. Co-leader Broder has performed with Trio Globo, and the Gil Evans Project. Ziemba, Honor and the other co-leader, Helm, were […]