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John Abercrombie Quartet at the Jazz Showcase, 10/30-11/2 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 26 October 2014

 

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John Abercrombie Quartet John Rogers, ECM Records

John Abercrombie’s revised quartet includes Marc Copland. Yet guitarist and pianist are old allies, with an association stretching back forty years. Both were members of Chico Hamilton’s quartet, and at the dawn of fusion both played with pioneering jazz-rock band Dreams. In the earliest days of their affiliation, Marc was still playing alto saxophone, the instrument on which he first built a reputation. Around 1970 he switched to piano, gradually distilling diverse influences into a personal jazz style. Since the late 1990s they’ve revived their partnership in diverse contexts and have toured in formations ranging from piano-guitar duo to trio with Kenny Wheeler to the cooperative group Contact with Dave Liebman and Billy Hart. This quartet also include bassist Drew Gress and drummer Joey Baron. Their recent release on ECM is 39 Steps. Catch them at the Jazz Showcase on Thursday, October 30th through Sunday, November 2nd
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The Willie Pickens Quintet at the Green Mill, October 24-25 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 19 October 2014

 

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Willie Pickens

Veteran Chicago pianist Willie Pickens will grace the stage of the Green Mill in Chicago with his quintet on Friday, October 24th and Saturday, October 25th. Now in his 80's,  Willie Pickens' contributions to the world of jazz and music education have been immeasurable. The list of musicians with whom he has worked is a veritable who’s who of the industry: Elvin Jones, James Moody, Max Roach, Eddie Harris, Marian McPartland, Roy Hargrove, Bobby Hutcherson—the list goes on and on.

 

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Brilliant Conversations: The Keith Jarrett Trio in Chicago and Newark PDF Print
Written by Mario Carrington   
Monday, 13 October 2014

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Keith Jarrett Trio
 

The greatest jazz trio touring and recording today is the Keith Jarrett Trio featuring Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette.  Over the past 30 plus years they have set the standard for this jazz format; they have been prolific and are nonpareil.  Their artistry covers the full spectrum of music delivery to the listener—quiet, beautiful, delicate, contemplative, swinging, passionate, pensive, furious, intense, ferocious, evocative and playful.  Your listening pleasure is always paid off in amazement and ultimate satisfaction.  Each of these superb musicians individually has played with the giants of jazz during their careers, but collectively they are very special.  They are the epitome of Bill Evans’ concept of collaborative improvisation; in particular, Jarrett on piano is a direct descendant of Evans's style.  A trademark of Jarrett’s is that he has one of the more noticeable audible grunting and scatting accompaniments to his playing since Erroll Garner, particularly when he’s in the zone.

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Larry Coryell Trio Featuring Larry Gray and Paul Wertico at the Jazz Showcase 10/16-19 PDF Print
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Sunday, 12 October 2014
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Larry Coryell Andrea Canter

Larry Coryell is one of the world's acknowledged guitar masters. He has recorded more than 75 albums over the past 40 years as a bandleader, soloist and 'featured accompanist'. Hailed by his legion of fans as one of "the guitar gods" in the late 1970s and as a "truly Renaissance musician who excels at all styles of playing", he has also been christened as "a true pioneer of rock-jazz fusion" by the New York Times, and dubbed "the Godfather of Fusion" by Dan Ouellette of Down Beat Magazine. He will be joined by Chicago  jazz masters Larry Gray on bass and Paul Wertico on drums. who both released CD's as part of the Chicago Sessions series. Gray's "1, 2, 3 .." which he recorded with  John Moulder on acoustic & electric guitars and  Charles Heath IV on drums, was first in the twelve volume series. Wertico's innovative Impresseions Of A City by his Mid-East/Mid-West Alliance quintet was volume ten. Both are highly recommended. They are not new to working with Larry Coryell, this trio has toured together before and bring their special chemistry to the Jazz Showcase on Thursday, October 16th through Sunday, October 19th.

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