March 13, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
We open with Anat Cohen's Anzic Orchestra, Avishai Cohen in the trumpet section, at the Mary Lou Williams Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Then Avishai's three-man group steps up at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival and -- even though it's more spare -- the music just keeps coming. Avishai meets the challenge of a trumpet trio with no piano, guitar or vibes to fill the space. Besides his own Ornette-y pieces, they play Don Cherry's "Art Deco" and "Portrait" by Charles Mingus.
Listen Wednesday, March 14, at 6:30pm .. or online at your convenience, here.
Photo by Boston Photographer Erik Jacobs for NPR.
Later in the hour, Anat joins Triveni as a special guest.
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February 24, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
Summer ends and the music transcends. Covering this Labor Day set from the Detroit Jazz Festival, Ross Davis wrote in JazzTimes that the guitarist "featured his own fine lines and plenty of room for his band mates to shine, most especially saxophonist Bill Pierce."
Hear a taste in Dee Dee's promo:
Sunday, February 26, at 6pm and/or Wednesday at 6:30 on WBGO 88.3 FM and wbgo.org.
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February 17, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
Listen Sunday, February 19, at 6pm and Wednesday at 6:30, for "The Collected Unconscious" -- a three-way suite composed by Russ Gershon for the Either/Orchestra, six horns and four rhythm players from Boston. The music dances between Ethiopian song styles of the mid 20th century, jazz, and Afro-Caribbean grooves provided by the E/O's Brazilian pianist, Venezuelan drummer and Dominican percussionist. Sounds crazy? Well it isn't. It's ingeniously full of melodies and changes and subtleties and hooks, as it works on your ears, heart, feet and burrows into your subconscious.
In the spring of 2011, funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign, the E/O performed in the capital, Addis Ababa, and other provincial cities, deepening its relationship with the music and musicians. Then in November, as part of a short regional tour here in the Northeast, E/O brought this alluring new music to Tishman Auditorium at the New School, and now JazzSet brings it to you in Surround Sound .
One of the best New York concerts of 2011, wrote the blog lucidculture.wordpress.com.
Here's an additional tune, not in the JazzSet show. Composer Nerses Nalbandian, the Ethiopian national maestro, was of Armenian descent. To complete the circle, Nalbandian loved Xavier Cugat and Ray Charles! Check him out.
Either/Orchestra plays "Mambo #1."
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