Reviews that mention Timo Shanko

August 11, 2014

Artist Feature

Jim Hobbs
By Ken Waxman

Boston-based alto saxophonist Jim Hobbs has no problem with having his improvising and compositions celebrated – or fully celebrated – during four nights at Douglas Street Music Collective (DSMC) August 20-23, but he maintains his music is still evolving. “I’ve always believed that the music is supposed to progress and that’s the musician’s responsibility,” says Hobbs, 47. “Music shouldn't be confined to a museum re-enactment.” Known as a member of the trio or quartet called the Fully Celebrated Orchestra (FCO), Hobbs, is one musician who has always followed his own path, although chance and coincidence have also played a part. MORE

December 27, 2009

Dennis González Connecticut Quartet

Songs of Early Autumn
No Business Records NBCD 6

Dennis González

A Matter of Blood

Furthermore Recordings 003

One of those unifying figures who maintains an enthusiasm for pure improvised music and encourages others, trumpeter Dennis González has been following this path towards experimentation almost single-handedly for over 30 years in his hometown of Dallas.

An artists and educator with a home studio, over time he has established links with similarly inclined players in New Orleans, California and in Europe. Recently in fact his gigs in the Eastern United States have become more frequent. These notable CDs, for instance – featuring two different sets of playing partners – are the results of the trumpeter’s recent eastward treks. MORE

December 27, 2009

Dennis González

A Matter of Blood
Furthermore Recordings 003

Dennis González Connecticut Quartet

Songs of Early Autumn

No Business Records NBCD 6

One of those unifying figures who maintains an enthusiasm for pure improvised music and encourages others, trumpeter Dennis González has been following this path towards experimentation almost single-handedly for over 30 years in his hometown of Dallas.

An artists and educator with a home studio, over time he has established links with similarly inclined players in New Orleans, California and in Europe. Recently in fact his gigs in the Eastern United States have become more frequent. These notable CDs, for instance – featuring two different sets of playing partners – are the results of the trumpeter’s recent eastward treks. MORE

December 16, 2002

JOE MORRIS

Age Of Everything
Riti CD 004

Joe Morris has a unique challenge. As one of the few guitarists who has

achieved a post-Coltrane approach to the six-string he must ensure that the dense flow of swirling motion he produces doesn’t overpower the tunes and/or his sidemen.

Luckily, on this CD, his first in a long time on his own newly reactivated label, he seems to have brokered a compromise between technique and emotion. Not unrelated to this achievement is that the masterful guitarist has two accomplished players at his side here and as his working group. Additionally, this CD showcases some of his most fluid, elegantly inventive -- and non frightening for mainstreamers -- playing. If anything, his cleanly articulated approach appears to be a modern variation of the sort of licks Barney Kessel or Tal Farlow produced in abundance. MORE

July 13, 2002

FULLY CELEBRATED ORCHESTRA

Marriage of Heaven and Earth
Innova 567

GOLD SPARKLE BAND
Fugues and Flowers
Squealer Music SQLR 035

Gerry Mulligan may get credit for inventing the so-called pianoless quartet in modern jazz but it was Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz band of the early 1960s that really established it as a viable aggregation.

Having ingenious soloists like cornettist Don Cherry, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Ed Blackwell on board, Coleman on his Atlantic LPs proved that lacking a chordal instrument did nothing to weaken a band’s internal dynamics, as long as the mixture of talent and compositions was maintained. MORE