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Jazz Cd Review

Kenny Werner Trio Explores the Melody

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 11.25.2015 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

On Werner's latest The Melody, he is joined in perfect harmony by Johannes Weidenmueller on bass and Ari Hoenig on drums and between the three of them they create an exquisite exploration of what it is to be enraptured by melody in its many enduring forms.

Grafitti: J.D. Allen's Art of the Jazz Saxophone Trio

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 09.25.2015 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Forty-three year old tenor saxophonist J.D. Allen is a man on the rise. He was named as Downbeat's Rising Star in 2011 and has matured nicely in the succeeding four years. Witness his latest creation Graffiti, a tour de force of purpose and inventiveness.

Chris Dingman's 'The Subliminal and the Sublime'

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 09.10.2015 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

The Subliminal to the Sublime is an "aural feast" to be savored. If you have 60 minutes in your frantic life to dedicate to this music, sit down in your zero gravity recliner with a fine set of quality headphones and allow yourself to be immersed in Mr. Dingman's images.

Saxophonist Michael Blake Pays Homage to Pres and Hawk on Tiddy Boom

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 01.24.2015 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Saxophonist Michael (not Mike) Blake is one of those artists who have a sustained appreciation of the tradition and for those who have come before him.

Drummer Matt Wilson Summons All to His Gathering Call

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 05.17.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Matt Wilson is a practitioner of the art of rhythmic chicanery where he uses various sounds and stick techniques to create a cacophony of clicks, bangs and splashes all brilliantly timed and masterfully in tune to the music.

John Escreet's Sabotage and Celebration: A Work to Celebrate

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 02.04.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Mr. Escreet's Sabotage and Celebration is a complex and intriguing album that showcases the young pianist's increasing maturation as a composer. Like his playing, the album challenges the senses.

John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet Play the Music of September at the Firehouse 12

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Mr. Hollenbeck's vision of September is one of hope and creativity. He has a unique mind that can envision sounds from various real life situations and compose them into accurate statements of the human condition.

Costumes Are Mandatory: Ethan Iverson and Lee Konitz

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 08.27.2013 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

This record finds the eighty-five year old alto-saxophonist Lee Konitz playing in top form with his signature dry-ice tone and his measured economy of notes that somehow speaks volumes.