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Sakoto Fujii Ma-do – Heat Wave
By clifford ? December 4, 2008 ? Post a comment
Not Two 806-2
Heat Wave is the latest in a series of quartet recordings co-led by Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii and usually featuring her husband, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura. It is the second release for Fujii and Tamura on Poland’s Not Two, following a 2007 duet release. Ma-Do differs from her other quartets mainly in […]

Joe Morris Bass Quartet – High Definition
By derek ? December 2, 2008 ? Post a comment
Joe Morris’ current quartet is essentially the Steve Lantner Quartet with Taylor Ho Bynum in place of Lantner, but the leader’s force of personality cuts such a casual summation off at the knees. A transparent band name abolishes any lingering doubt as to leader or his choice of instrument. An avoidance of obfuscation governs the […]

Makaya Ntshoko & the New Tsotsis – Happy House
By derek ? December 2, 2008 ? Post a comment
Makaya Ntshoko may not garner the name recognition of his countryman and colleague, Louis Moholo-Moholo, but the pair does share distinction as members of the ever-dwindling expatriate community with roots in the Blue Notes. This year has been unusually bountiful in terms of releases revolving on that South African axis. The Ogun Blue Notes box […]

Vincent Gardner – Vin-Slidin’
By derek ? December 2, 2008 ? Post a comment
Anguish can sometimes accompany influence as a musician seeks to establish his or her sound. Going against that grain, trombonist Vincent Gardner seems perfectly at ease with the sources of his musical vocabulary. From the opening rendering of Nat Adderley’s “Teaneck” and forward, there are moments where he sounds nearly the doppelganger of J.J. Johnson, […]

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