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Lee Prosser

Lee Prosser

29.01.2011

Georg Graewe Quartet

Published in Concert Reviews
There was magic in the air as the Georg Graewe Quartet rendered me slack-jawed, stupefied and speechless - k.o.'d me after one set! Can't even really recall what happened during that last hour. But that first hour! Fifty-five minutes, to be exact - one improv. Straight through 55 minutes! I just wanted time to stand still. Like a freight train packing a load of dynamite; rolling freneticism from the start that never let up. Flying piano hands (courtesy Berliner Graewe) climbing all over each oth
Been listening to the left speaker on my "stereo". The right speaker's connection comes and goes; great source of frustration. 'Til recently. Been listening to a variety of things - funk, pop, much jazz. Kinda all over the place from minute to minute, but one common theme - a strange, never before felt openness to the possibility that anything can happen - and I hope it does.

Neil Finn's summer release "Try Whistling This" most in my ears these days. Of all songwriters, he is most consistent

Jazz guitar has evolved over the decades and its evolution has created a myriad of styles. On Saturday night, at the Pabst Theatre as a part of the Hal Leonard Jazz Series, we were privileged to enjoy the stellar guitar work of two major jazz stylists. Similar to last years' pairing of Cyrus Chestnut and Tommy Flanagan, a young lion demonstrated brilliance but the master craftsman displayed that rare jazz wisdom in his approach and execution only capable of an elder practitioner.

The Mark Whi

29.01.2011

Two Nights, Two Gigs

Published in Concert Reviews
I am going to depart partially from my normal observation about the last two concerts I attended because my points of view are changing. And although I might give you sometimes a technical description of what I heard, that description will be underwritten with a total abandonment of thought.

This music, this vanguard jazz is concerned with an ultimate awareness. Each musician involved has to be so totally at one with what is being played, that the sound that is produced has not an explanation

When Peter Brotzmann's Die Like a Dog Quartet played the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, MI on April 21, you needed to see the group's leader change from his saxophone to a clarinet because the change in sound was not immediately apparent. For the first ten minutes of the ensemble's performance trumpeter Roy Campbell Jr. was not playing and the audience was able to observe from the look on his face to his talk with bassist William Parker that this was due to frustration with technical prob
The Steve Turre Sextet descended on the Pabst Theatre stage and delivered an evening of jazz not soon to be forgotten. Plentiful were the reasons that made this a memorable show. Articulate and infectious describes both the music and Mr. Turre's commentary between numbers. An All-Star band flexed their musical muscles throughout two sets of hard-driving jazz. Extremely democratic leading the band, Turre may have spent less time soloing than anyone else in the group. Everyone took multiple solos,
Musicians of 13 different nationalities, within a total of 28 bands, performed at the annual Jazz à Liège at the Palace of Congress Center in Liège, Belgium. Headlining the 2-day event was Scott Hamilton, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Charles Lloyd, the W.D.R. Big Band with blues guitarist, Robben Ford, and Jeanne Lee with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra.

Straight ahead, swinging and always fresh, Scott Hamilton took the stage with Brian Lemon piano, Dave Green - double bass and Steve Brown drums. I was a

Dee Dee Bridgewater has the jazz world standing on its ears. With the passing of many grand dames of jazz such as Ella and Sarah, and her credited Grammy award-winning CD Dear Ella in 1998, Dee Dee Bridgewater is becoming a legend in her own time. With gracious charm and a synergy all her own, Dee Dee captures the essential core of jazz, delighting audiences with imaginative vocal explorations. Such was the case at Jazz à Liège.

Some spectators traveled hours just to see her perform and they

It's a World-Music world these days, as musical influences from around the globe permeate and expand the genres of jazz, pop, rock, blues and everywhere else, and the du Maurier International Jazz Festival Vancouver is never one to lag behind.

The always adventurous programming ears of Artistic Director Ken Pickering have lead him to seek out the new sounds and cutting edges of jazz as they're making their way into the musical stream, and he often books them long before they've broken big. (C

Amidst the splendor and power of the Hawaiian island of Maui, perched royally on Kaanapali Beach, jazz entrepreneurs John and Rebecca Rozenberg set a stage once again by bringing the ultimate jazz festival to aficionados from around the world. May 27th and 28th, 2000 saw the Maui Music Festival kick off once again with headliners Nestor Torres, Norman Brown, David Benoit, Peter White, Scott Wilkie, Acoustic Alchemy, Dave Koz and Jeffrey Osborne packing two days of solid, smooth vibes into the ag