Posts Tagged ‘dave holland’

Was Booking Anthony Braxton a Sign That Kennedy Center Is Getting Gutsier?

There's little to add to Ben Ratliff's wide-lens New York Times review of Anthony Braxton's Saturday night concert at the Kennedy Center. There is, however, a section of the review that may merit some closer attention:
Many knew in a general sense what they were coming for. Mr. Braxton, 67, is an American musical force with [...]

Jazz Setlist, February 9-15: Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Thursday, Feb. 9
The resurgence of the New Orleans brass band in the late 2000s was just about the unlikeliest musical development of its time. In some ways, it was a product of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, a living proof of the steadfastness of the people of the Crescent City who endured such horror, natural and manmade. [...]

This Week in Music: Dave Holland Octet’s Pathways

The Dave Holland Octet's newest live album, Pathways, may at first seem a tad showy—what with its array of featured musicians and excessive running time. But that talent supersedes what could easily have been an overstuffed and self-indulgent record. Hooks and grooves burst from the album, while the ensemble's nuanced playing softens the edges. Vibraphonist [...]

Jazz Setlist: Oct. 8-14, 2009

Oct. 9
SaltmanKnowles has a single ambition: Melody. Bassist Mark Saltman and pianist William Knowles, both Howard music graduates and veterans of the D.C. scene, started the quintet specifically to combat the riffs and noodling they kept hearing; they want music that's about lyrical tunes and memorable hooks. Their lush compositions make great ammunition for that cause, [...]

Jazz Setlist: Oct. 1-7, 2009

Oct. 1
1905 Restaurant sometimes gets labeled a speakeasy for its obscure location (the dimly lit second floor of a barely marked rowhouse at 1905 9th Street NW) and its absinthe-featuring drink menu. Like the classic speakeasies, it also regularly features some of the most interesting jazz on the local scene. The Cricket Fusion Quartet, led [...]