Reviews that mention Jason Nazary

May 2, 2019

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Drolleries
Astral Spirits MF188/AS084

Tom Rainey Ttrio

Combobulated

Intakt CD 316

Beck Hunters

Has it Been Found?

Discus Music 78 CD

Moving on from a novel – if not unexpected – configuration of saxophone, guitar and drums are three ensembles whose members appreciate and use the flexibility and timbral colors available with this format. Depending on how the instruments are blended and which tempos are emphasized marks how each makes an individual statement. These sessions of group-created sounds involve players from a couple of generations of Europeans and Americans. New York drummer Tom Rainey’s Combobulated CD for instance is a showcase for a veteran player like him and two younger veterans, German-born saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and guitarist Mary Halvorson. British saxophonist/Mick Beck is the elder player on Has it Been Found, partnered with younger British associates, guitarist Anton Hunter and drummer Johnny Hunter. Meanwhile the New York-based contributors to Drolleries are all relative tyros: saxophonist Sam Weinberg, guitarist Andrew Smiley and drummer Jason Nazary. MORE

June 11, 2018

Jazz Cerkno 23

May 17 to 19 2018
Cerkno, Slovenia

By Ken Waxman

Forty-one kilometres west of Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, the compact village of Cerkno has been host to a world-class jazz festival for almost a quarter century. Jazz Cerkno 2018 added to the illustrious tradition with three days of notable performances mostly in a specially erected canvas tent, complete with a sophisticated sound system, adjoining the darkened and homey Bar Gabrijel. What was most evident was how musicians from this country of fewer than 2¼-million people, which arguably has benefitted most economically from the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, can easily hold their own in the international improvised music scene. MORE