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    I've also been lucky to hear everyone I listed live multiple times. Edward Simon is the SFJAZZ Collective pianist. I've never heard Adam Cruz as a leader, but at least once as a sideman, although I don't have a very clear impression. How would you compare him with Brian Blade, who is my yardstick for subtlety and space (hearing him tomorrow at SFJAZZ ;))? Conrad Herwig I have to check out!
     
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    Interesting question. I'm at a disadvantage, never having heard Brain. I'm watching him right now on youtube in a trio w/Denilo & John Patatucci (whom I've seen together--these guys expect a drummer to be an equal solo "voice," not just a time-keeper). Brian's clearly a great drummer. Considering that the "other guy" this trio uses is Roy Haynes...we're talking Lamborghini vs Maserati here.

    IMO Adam Cruz could drop right into this or any other setting and bring a slightly different flavor. He has a silky, fluid, light sound. Keeps time sort of like Roy (ie, uses space for emphasis) but hits more softly. Still, you can hear him clear as a bell through all other instruments (not sure how he does that).

    Their drumming styles are somewhat different (BB a bit more emphatic, Cruz more diffuse), but both top-of-the-line. My pick would be Cruz--but then, I've heard him a lot, including drums/percussion in an insane sextet w/Steve Cardenas on guitar & volcanic Chris Potter...there's really nothing Cruz can't do.
     
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    Another Whirlwind sale find, Zhenya Strigalev's Smiling Organizm Robbin Goodie. Strigalev brings together an incredible emsemble: Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Taylor Eigsti (piano), Tim Lefebvre (bass guitar), Larry Grenadier (bass), and Eric Harland (drums). They sound very comfortable to take risks, likely because they've played together in multiple combinations many times. The review I linked above matches my impressions.
     
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    Ahah, that's who I head Cruz live with, Chris Potter, whether at SFJAZZ or Yoshi's I can't recall. Coming back into focus. Interesting that both Cruz and Blade played often with Danilo. I'll have to do some comparisons now, Cruz in Danilo's Providencia vs Blade in Children of the Light. Blade is lighter, almost like sparkles and shooting stars in the night, in his own band, Brian Blade's Fellowship than in the Children of the Light trio (I've heard both combos live multiple times, in NYC and in SF). PS. Thanks for mentioning Cruz's sextet, there's a CD Milestone with Cruz, Potter, Cardenas, Miguel Zenón or Steve Wilson (alternate tracks), Edward Simon, Ben Street. Just listing the group makes me want to go get the CD right away :) Update: Done, on Bandamp for digital download.
     
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    OK, listening to Chano Dominquez right now--several whacked out (in the best possible way) tunes w/a Spanish singer I never heard of, Martorio.



    • He's a great pianist...swings like crazy (gotta see him)
    • She's a force of nature...never heard anything quite like this
     
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    This is where I heard him first. Then I got the albums I mentioned on Bandcamp.
     
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    Thanks to @Pharmaboy my weekend morning coffee listen is Adam Cruz's Milestone, 44.1/16 FLAC download from Bandcamp. Listening right now to the middle of Emje (2nd track) with Cruz, Edward Simon and Ben Street twisting a tight rope of Cuban-inspired rhythms, followed by a fast but lyrical entry by Miguel Zenón's alto. Great Latin vibe indeed!

    There's a bit of their Jazz Standard gig on YouTube:

     
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    Just chatting with a friend & serious Latin jazz expert (he knows personally and hangs out with those artists), who recommended Edward Simon's Latin American Songbook, with Adam Cruz and Joe Martin. Another Bandcamp download :)
     
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    @Gaspasser, that opening duet w/timbales & congas made my day. Thank you! We're really rolling now. Latin jazz has a way of lubricating time & space.

    Time for a contrast to the cubano/descarga style. This cut shows a seamless juction of Latin music & trad jazz. It's both; it's all new, monster trad jazz players side-by-side with "young lions" of Latin jazz. I heard this group at the Vanguard (album launch)...stumbled out of there at 2AM or 3AM, dazzled by Sanchez' end of 3rd set "Ben Webster" moment (he played a long chorus
    The timbales/conga duet at the start of this cut made my day!
     
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    If you happen to feel at home sometimes in the teeny intersection of free jazz and Anton Webern's 12-tone minimalist compositions, Whirlwind has a treat for you:
     
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    SFJAZZ had scheduled 4 shows with the Wayne Shorter Quartet (Shorter, Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade). Unfortunately, Shorter is ill, but his friend Herbie Hancock organized different replacements for Shorter in a celebration of his music. We had tickets for yesterday, when Kamasi Washington and Tarrace Martin (better known for his hip-hop/jazz fusion work as a multi-instrumentalist and producer) complemented Pérez, Patitucci, and Blade. Washington and Martin were clearly feeling their way around the music and Shorter steady bandmates, which made for a exploratory, sometimes hesitant, never dull, frequently igniting into amazing fireworks, and always fun gig. The highly tested rhythm section (I had heard them before as a trio at the Jazz Standard under the Children of the Light heading) provided great structure and drive that Washington and Martin took off from. Listening today to disc 2 of Shorter's new Emanon, I realized how much Washington especially was revisiting Shorter's sax style, including silences, hesitations, and breaths. Martin, besides tight, swooping sax work, did out-there voice and electronics work in an implicit duo with Pérez that kept climbing to ever more remote corners of the rhythmic and tonal landscape. It was totally clear that these quite different musicians, the new LA, hip-hop-bred generation in front, and the previous post-bop/fusion generation in the back, where having a ball figuring out together, in real time, how to craft genuinely fresh music based on Shorter's legacy. Get well soon, Wayne!
     
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    "silences, hesitations, and breaths" (Wayne Shorter!! so true...)

    "implicit duo with Pérez that kept climbing to ever more remote corners of the rhythmic and tonal landscape" (again, so true). Danilo Perez is near-avante garde at times. Fearless.

    Years ago I saw him at Sweet Basil's around the time of PANAMONK, Terri Lynn Carrington on drums (amazing). Near the end, Perez brought up a Panamanian tap dancer who was studying w/Savion Glover. The group accompanied this tapper on 2 tunes, all of them improvising. "Beam me up!"
     
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    I have just recently started to branch out into more Jazz. Oddly enough I have gained most of the Jazz I like from "Bosch" tv show! There is some playlists on spotify I have cannibalized over to my Tidal account and have been loving it.
     
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    Sorry to say I've been unable to view this show...not an Amazon Prime member. It's a show I've been awaiting.

    I've heard the same thing from others about the music--that it's really excellent. It would have to be if it followed the Bosch books. Detective Harry Bosch often plays bebop/post-bop while at home or in the car. He's portrayed as a Vietnam vet who's a "throwback" to jazz of a previous generation.

    If you like this show, try any of the Bosch books by author Michael Connelly. They're very good. I'm kind of addicted to them, cruising the store aisles for the next one. BTW, Connelly has a number of books that don't feature Bosch. Some feature the "Lincoln lawyer" character, attorney Mickey Haller, with whom Bosch is more than just acquainted.

    For that matter, the film, LINCOLN LAWYER (based on the Connelly book of the same name) is also required viewing for fans of this author.
     
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    Yah, I have considered the books. I am super addicted to the show, I have re watched it many times! There are other ways to stream it online without amazon prime for free, I could give you a couple links if you are interested PM me. Don't know how the site feels about that sort of thing. It's not torrents - it's free streaming sites. But same concept as a torrent I guess as you are bootlegging it.

    I have seen Lincoln Lawyer - I like Matthew McConaughey
     
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    Joseph Jarman RIP
     
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    Hadn’t listened to this in quite a while, what lovely, warm, inviting tone from an old master and his multigenerational team. Perfect for Sunday evening!

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