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Cd Review

The Dancing Heaven of Dewa Budjana's Joged Kahyangan

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 04.07.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Dewa Budjana's music is the distillation of many diverse influences outside of the world of rock and pop, including the fusion music of Mahavishnu Orchestra and Soft Machine, and the Indonesian music rooted in his heritage.

Ben Allison's The Stars Look Very Different Today

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 03.08.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

With a distinctively science fiction flavor, composer/bassist Ben Allison's latest The Stars Look Very Different Today follows a Star Trekian path to "... boldly go where no man has gone before."

Trombone Artistry: Steve Turre's The Bones of Art

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 11.27.2013 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

The Bones of Art may well be the best trombone featured album since the seminal collaborations made by Kai Winding and JJ Johnson

A Hip Baritone Sings the Music of Miles Davis

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 06.23.2013 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

When the crooner Giacomo Gates tackles a project, you never know what to expect, but you can pretty much take it to the bank that it will be both entertaining and interesting.

Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak: East Meets West Meets...

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 04.03.2013 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

In listening to the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa's latest offering Gamak, I am struck by the passion for experimental immersion that is present throughout the endeavor.

Basking in the Sounds of Tom Harrell's Latest 'Number Five'

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 11.14.2012 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Make no mistake, despite some fine individual performances on the album, it is the leader Tom Harrell's vision that makes Number Five such a top-notch offering.

Casting for Gravity: Donny McCaslin's Adventure Into Electronica

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 11.24.2012 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

The saxophonist Donny McCaslin has been steadily adding to a body of work that is firmly establishing him as a powerful voice in modern creative music.

When the Heart Emerges Glistening a Powerful New Album by Ambrose Akinmusire

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 09.20.2011 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

At the tender age of 29, trumpet player Ambrose Akinmusire, has garnered a plethora of accolades and acknowledgements this year for his recent work.