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On August 7th 2007, I visited Sweet Sounds Downtown as I had on all other Tuesdays. Having seen, heard, and spoken with Yuri Turchyn (violinist) who performed 2 weeks earlier with a group called Arturo, I was looking forward to hearing Grupo Yuri. They did not disappoint. They performed near the train station parking lot on South Street. A sextet consisting of Yuri Turchyn on violin, Al Selert on drums and percussion, Stacy Grant on percussion, Jim Grant on bass, <

Baku Llama Review

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Date: 9/25/2007 Format: CD (Album) Baku Llama is a California-based trio releasing their debut album this fall. They have other releases to their name according to their MySpace page - but this release is what they themselves consider to be their first real release, according to the promotional info. Musically this trio seems to draw their influences from a lot of places. Many of the songs are structured in a way that makes me think that krautrock is a genre they are familiar with, whereas the g
A new record was set for the 50th Monterey Jazz Festival with 45,000 tickets sold for the three days all this in spite of rain which came midway Friday evening. The brief showers didn’t dampen spirits here. Those wanting shelter came into one the several inside venues, including the large Jazz Theater where the concert was televised, joining those who didn't have tickets for the outside Jimmy Lyons Stage. On the stellar program were stars who participated in the first-ever festival in 1958
LMT Connection is one of the best ‘live bands’ around. Their energetic ‘sound’ is captivating to say the least, and always gets the dance floor hoppin’! Their sound is unrelenting funk, R&B and blues with a skill honed from over a decade playing together. They have a weekly Wednesday night gig at Toronto’s top funk and R&B club, The Orbit Room located in the central west ‘Little Italy’ section of town. Leroy Em
Charlie Haden brought the Liberation Music Orchestra to Guelph, the same line up of musicians as featured on their 2005 release of, Not In Our Name(Verve), the only member of the orchestra missing and un-accounted for, musician Ahnee Sharon Freeman, who was replaced by Vincent Chancey on the French horn. Haden announced to the audience that the concert was dedicated to world peace. He had also brought along his Liberation Music Orchestra CD’s and he held each one up and indicated which Am
The second act of a double bill, having just returned to earth after witnessing an Anthony Braxton performance during the first act, featured William Parker Ensemble, who performed a one act suite on "The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield" that seemed like a throwback to another period of time. How fitting that the civil rights movement, free thinking and questioning the motives of the powers that be, can ring as true today as they did during the civil rights movement and the peace marches of the
The National Flute Association, founded in 1973, is the largest flute organization in the world. According to its website, ( "It was founded to encourage a higher standard of artistic excellence for the flute, its performers, and its literature. It has more than 5,500 members from more than 50 countries, including leading soloists, orchestral players, college and university professors, adult amateurs, and students of all ages." The NFA's activities reflect the
What could be groovier, sitting back, sailing on the sparkling blue Balboa Bay in Newport, listening to jazz from some of the world’s best players. Making it even better feasting on delicious food from sumptuous buffet tables nearby. Well, that’s the scene during the Sunday Jazz Brunch, a highlight of each Labor Day Weekend West Coast Jazz Party, now in its 13th year at the Irvine Marriott Hotel in Orange County, CA. The cruise is on board the Hornblower Entertainer, which sailed this year fr
The AIM Toronto Orchestra conducted by Anthony Braxton put on an audio sensory show that for the most part sounded out of this world. An 18-member orchestra had been assembled from the rank and file members of The Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto; this organization was founded in late 2004 by Ken Aldcroft, Rob Clutton, Nick Fraser, and Joe Sorbara as a result of meetings with Vancouver guitarist and former New Orchestra Workshop (NOW) Artistic Director, Ron Samworth. In January 2005,
The theme for the 14th annual Guelph Jazz Festival - People Get Ready, The Future of Jazz is Now, held true to that concept and could even have been stated as the future of jazz is among us; it is youthful, energetic, alive, well and ever creative. The festival for those who may not be aware is the penultimate venue in North America for jazz experimentation, exploration and collaboration in performance and composition. Jazz mentors, legends, educators, master musicians and leaders in their fi
During the summer of 2007, the City of Houston was inundated with numerous rainstorms and a severe tropical depression, all of which culminated into some exceedingly unusual weather during a time of the year when it hardly if ever rains. For more than 45 days, Houston had experienced unprecedented flooding and undue hardship that was weather based. But on August 17th, a storm of a different sort blew through Houston and this time out it was a good thing. What was just as profound was this was
If the opportunity to experience the ultimate concert appearance has never availed itself, then "Guitars & Saxes’ is a performance that has to be seen as a point of reference. Of all the so-called super bands performing today, "Guitars & Saxes" is a musical franchise of sorts; considering the fact that the concert is one of the most consistent and widely known acts around today. Since 1995, this finely tuned smooth jazz machine has toured Canada, England and the United S
With jazz venues closing, or at least struggling, in the D.C. Area, Twins Jazz seems to be thriving. Whatever the formula is--location, food, location, music, location . . . --it seems to work. It is also close to a Metro station so I solved the parking problem by jumping on a train, and enjoyed an evening with flutist Jamie Baum and the cooperative quartet, Timepiece Jamie Baum's reputation has been growing steadily over the last decade, primarily as a flutist, but also
The Buddy Guy Blues Band played an absolutely superb concert outdoors this past Saturday, September 8, 2007, at Chuck Jackson’s 9th Annual Southside Shuffle Blues Fest in Port Credit, Ontario. There was what looked like a ‘sea of people’, taking in all the amazing blues coming from the huge outdoor Main Stage. There was such a big turnout to see Buddy Guy this night, that the initial sight of them really blew
For over fifty years the term jazz festival and the city of Newport, RI have been synonymous. While this annual festival has been the host to some of the greatest jazz musicians to ever grace a festival stage, each year the festival line up seems to grow bigger and better. This year, the best way to describe the line-up was as an international celebration of old meets young, with tributes and accolades for legends of the past and present. Friday’s uncomfortable weather was soon forgotten when
Like many orchestras, the Baltimore Symphony has learned that interesting programming is one of the keys to survival. To build a successful season the orchestra seeks to intersperse the staple repertoire of Handel, Beethoven and Mendelssohn with more exotic offerings, this year including works by Chinese composer Tan Dun, a Halloween tribute to Frankenstein by HK Gruber, a concert by Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, selections from Star Trek (narrated by Mr. Sulu!), Charlie Chaplin's sco
The northern jazz scene is alive and well, Molly Johnson performs to a near capacity audience, as witnessed by me while on holiday in cottage country this past week. Having missed Molly Johnson's recent performance in Toronto, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to check out her performance in support of her new CD, Messin' Around. Another good reason that motivated me was the idea of a new theatre, checking out the Algonquin Theatre going into its third season of existence, offic
I’m in love with Joyce Cooling. I can’t remember when it happened. Maybe it happened when I heard "No More Blues" for the first time. Maybe it happened after the 10th time. Perhaps it was after hearing "South of Market," or "Mm-Mm-Good," or "After Hours," or "Talk" or, maybe just like a real love affair, you don’t really know when it happened, you just simply know that you’re in it. I knew that affair would be never-ending after listening to her new CD, "Revolving Door." With backstage
Whoever thought to bring together a perfect summer day, an imposing Victorian structure with its shiny gold dome together at one of America’s oldest city parks, and contemporary jazz is a genius. The Hartford Jazz Festival ( had its roots in the Monday night jazz concerts at historic Bushnell Park ( started by local bass legend Paul Brown. The concert reached a turning point in 1992 when it took its current name, the Greater Hartford Jazz F
Mela as he likes to be known took to the Pure Spirits Stage and at once became at one with the spirits of the Historic Distillery District. He explained to the audience that he had a new album and he would be playing most of the songs from the album, he said, "I would like to tell you what I’m trying to do, I want to combine the Afro Cuban with jazz and free jazz." Francisco Mela has that smokey sounding voice, of a raw Flamenco singer, full of passion and fire. He played with mallets and cre