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A moving celebration: Flashes of brilliance at BeanTown jazz tribute

Date: 10.01.2007
Publication: Boston Globe
Author: Kevin Lowenthal


Friday night, at Symphony Hall, the BeanTown Jazz Festival opened with an all-star offering that came within at least shouting distance of its advance billing as “concert of the century.” Titled “A Celebration of Jazz and Joyce,” the concert’s personnel was lovingly assembled by jazz impresario George Wein, the proceeds benefiting the Berklee scholarship fund named in honor of his late wife, Joyce Alexander Wein.

The show opened with rousing quintet versions of Thelonious Monk’s “I Mean You” and Tadd Dameron’s “Hot House.” Bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Jimmy Cobb were a Rolls-Royce of a rhythm section. Saxophonist Lew Tabackin and trumpeter Jon Faddis blended beautifully and soloed commandingly. On the second tune, Cobb traded whirlwind eight-bar solos with the other four.
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Submitted by Ben on September 30th, 2007 — 11:00pm

Marsalis Music Honors Bob French

Date: 09.01.2007
Publication: Traps Magazine
Author: Robert L. Doerschuk
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Submitted by Ben on August 31st, 2007 — 11:00pm

The Marsalis Family: An Update

Date: 07.16.2007
Publication: Marsalis Music

 

Since the release of The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration in 2003 members of the Marsalis Family have been hard at work pursuing divergent but equally intriguing musical endeavors. In 2005 Ellis Marsalis, the patriarch of the family released An Evening with the Ellis Marsalis Quartet on ELM Records, a label he is developing with his wife, Dolores, and son Jason.

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Submitted by Josh on July 15th, 2007 — 11:00pm

Amanecer Review

Date: 07.08.2007
Publication: The Philadelphia Inquirer
Author: Karl Stark

Zesty nuggets abound on the mostly solo recording from pianist Joey Calderazzo, a wild-fingered cat who rose to prominence in the late 1980s courtesy of the late Philly-born saxophonist Michael Brecker.

Calderazzo is perhaps best known now as the pianist in the Branford Marsalis Quartet. His playing can be off-putting for its assertive complexity, but here it’s anything but.
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Submitted by Ben on July 7th, 2007 — 11:00pm

Music Review: Bob French — Marsalis Music Honors Bob French

Date: 07.06.2007
Publication: Blog Critics Magazine
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Submitted by Ben on July 5th, 2007 — 11:00pm

Marsalis Music Honors Alvin Batiste

Date: 07.01.2007
Publication: Coda
Author: Nick Pitt Read more »

Submitted by Ben on June 30th, 2007 — 11:00pm

Amanecer just might be the album that gets his gifts as both a composer and a solo pianist embraced on a greater scale.

Date: 07.01.2007
Publication: Jazz Times
Author: Mike Shanley


Joey Calderazzo is best known as a member of bands led by Branford Marsalis and the late Michael Brecker, but Amanecer just might be the album that gets his gifts as both a composer and a solo pianist embraced on a greater scale. Granted, he has eight previous albums to his credit, dating back 16 years and this isn’t his first solo album (that was Haiku, released in 2003). Additionally, this isn’t strictly solo: four pieces here actually feature him in duo or trio settings with vocalist Claudia Acuña and guitarist Romera Lubamambo.
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Submitted by Ben on June 30th, 2007 — 11:00pm

Alvin Batiste

Date: 06.18.2007
Publication: PopMatters.com
Author: Will Layman

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Submitted by Ben on June 17th, 2007 — 11:00pm

Bonnaroo: Hippie Fashion Statements and Protest Songs

Date: 06.17.2007
Publication: The New York Times
Author: Jon Pareles

 

Back in the 1960’s, the hippie counterculture briefly looked like a political opposition to a protracted war. At Bonnaroo this year, hippie fashion statements also go with protest songs and anti-Bush pronouncements. Perhaps that’s no surprise at a festival that includes longtime politically inclined rappers like the Roots, Michael Franti and El-P, who tour to the same collegiate audience that comes to Bonnaroo. Friday’s lineup also included Manu Chao, the globe-trotting, mostly Spanish-speaking songwriter whose hopped-up reggae and ska songs decry violence and poverty, support human rights (especially for immigrants and displaced people) and savor romance and marijuana.
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Submitted by Ben on June 16th, 2007 — 11:00pm

Year in Review '06 Readers Poll

Date: 01.01.2007
Publication: Jazztimes


The January/February 2007 issue of JazzTimes features the magazine’s Readers’ Poll, which lists tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland, the featured soloist on Marsalis Music Honors Michael Carvin, as “Best New Artist” of ’06 ”

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Submitted by Ben on January 1st, 2007 — 12:00am