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Monday, August 22, 2016

Fuse Remembrance: Vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson — Making the Imagination Run by Michael Ullman

"When you think about music it's got to be that way. Just the thrill of being able to play another note, not to win anything or get a trophy.”

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 02:28PM
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Fuse Book Review: “Every Song Ever” — Notes From an Enigmatic Ear by Michael Ullman

Ben Ratliff's volume about how to listen to music is full of fairly radical but largely undefended assertions.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 09:49AM
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Jazz CD Review: The Fred Hersch Trio — A Memorable “Sunday Night at the Vanguard” by Michael Ullman

Time has only made the members of this trio more adventurous as well as accomplished.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 09:26AM
Monday, July 11, 2016

Fuse CD Review: Charlie Parker — The Unheard — But Indispensable — Bird by Michael Ullman

It’s easy to recommend this new two disc set, where the miracle that was Charlie Parker is on glorious display again and again.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 08:45AM
Friday, April 22, 2016

Fuse Appreciation: Henry Threadgill — A Pulitzer Prize for “In For a Penny, In For a Pound” by Michael Ullman

Over the decades, avant-garde jazz musical Henry Threadgill has not only enriched but remade the musical landscape.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 12:15PM
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Fuse Concert Review: Creative Music Convergences, Concert One by Michael Ullman

Live, the experience of a cosmic rhythm with every stroke is both more intense and more intriguing than on record.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 08:50AM
Monday, March 21, 2016

Fuse CD Review: Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith — Exploring Cosmic Possibilities in Sound by Michael Ullman

Pianist Vijay Iyer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith produce music that is precise and quietly evocative, peaceful and gently probing.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 05:22PM
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Fuse Album Review: Weather Report — Definitively Live by Michael Ullman

These live recordings capture Weather Report's sound during its most celebrated years.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 06:13PM
Sunday, December 6, 2015

Fuse Music Feature: Top Jazz Albums of 2015 by Michael Ullman

How does one keep a big band together long enough to make such brilliantly evocative sessions as that by Maria Schneider and the others listed here?

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 09:20AM
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Fuse Album Review: Fresh Improvisational Sounds from Finland’s TUM by Michael Ullman

According to its web site, TUM operates mainly thanks to volunteers. We should be grateful.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 12:54PM
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Fuse Concert Review: Pianist Fred Hersch — A Wonder of a Soloist by Michael Ullman

As a soloist, Fred Hersch is a wonder: he plays with an active, to the point of restless, two-handed style that sweeps a listener along with its lyrical fervor.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 01:52PM
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Fuse Jazz Review: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman—Making Beauty Easily by Michael Ullman

With the galvanic addition of Joshua Redman, The Bad Plus is now made up of four intense virtuosos whose musical intelligence is as impeccable as their instrumental chops.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 11:01AM
Monday, October 12, 2015

Arts Fuse Concert Review: Mark Harvey and The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra — Boston Giants by Michael Ullman

trumpeter–composer Mark Harvey’s imaginative conducting made the pieces work together in fascinating ways.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 10:58AM
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Fuse Jazz CD Review: Miles Davis at Newport — Indispensable by Michael Ullman

Miles Davis at Newport, 1955-1975 has its drawbacks, but I wouldn’t want to be without this four-disc collection

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 11:21AM
Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fuse Remembrance: Guitarist Garrison Fewell — The Master of Searching for Something More by Michael Ullman

An inspiring man as well as a brilliant musician, Garrison Fewell had the courage to turn away from the darkness and to embrace the light.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 08:16PM
Friday, June 12, 2015

Fuse Remembrance: Ornette Coleman — The Gentle Iconoclast by Michael Ullman

Ornette Coleman's music was avant-garde but, perhaps unconsciously, his notion of art as an improvisational lyrical adventure was deeply American.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 09:56AM
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Fuse Concert Review: Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock at Symphony Hall by Michael Ullman

Given that these two virtuoso pianists were in a jubilant, hometown mood, this was a concert that could hardly fail to please.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 10:14AM
Monday, March 2, 2015

Fuse Remembrance: Jazz Trumpeter Extraordinaire Clark Terry by Michael Ullman

Gradually, Clark Terry developed on the trumpet the rounded, full tone that became so distinctive.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 08:57AM
Friday, January 23, 2015

Fuse Jazz Concert Review: Laszlo Gardony Quartet — Always Swinging by Michael Ullman

Made up of Boston-based musicians, the Laszlo Gardony Quartet is one of the city’s under-recognized treasures.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 02:32PM
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Fuse CD Review: The Schneider Quartet — Heavenly Haydn by Michael Ullman

Despite the monaural sound, these gloriously performed string quartets remain my favorite Haydn recordings.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 09:45AM
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Fuse Book Review: “Outside Music, Inside Voices” — Illuminating Conversations about Creating Jazz by Michael Ullman

Jazz fans with open ears should rush to this book: so should anyone interested in the creative process, its rewards as well as its challenges.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 09:10AM
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fuse CD Review: Charles Lloyd’s Indelible “Manhattan Stories” by Michael Ullman

Despite their somewhat muffled sound, both sets are valuable documents, not least because we hear the under-recorded Gabor Szabo in duet with Charles Lloyd.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 05:33PM
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fuse Concert Review: Celebrating the Life and Music of Pianist/Composer Jan Jarczyk by Michael Ullman

A vigorous and admiring tribute to Jan Jarczyk, a man his daughter called “a whirlwind of creativity.”

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 02:56PM
Monday, November 3, 2014

Fuse Album Reviews: Two Remarkable Duets — Charlie Haden/Jim Hall, Kenny Barron/Dave Holland by Michael Ullman

Jim Hall sounds at his best on these newly issued duets. So does Charlie Haden, whose plangent sound has rarely, if ever, been captured so well.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 02:15PM
Friday, September 19, 2014

Fuse Jazz Review: British Saxophonist Evan Parker Brings his Brand of Innovation to Boston by Michael Ullman

Free and fluid as it was, the set made memorable sense to the packed crowd at the Lily Pad.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 05:44PM
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fuse Album Review: Wadada Leo Smith’s “The Great Lakes Suites” — A Miraculous Freedom by Michael Ullman

Wadada Leo Smith's latest album features a series of miraculous performances that give a new meaning to freedom: the sometimes lengthy and airily open improvisations take us on journeys but …

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 03:23PM
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fuse Jazz CD Review: “Singular Curves” — An Album of Subtle Insinuations by Michael Ullman

With their expert handling of powerfully understated compositions, this trio's performances insinuate themselves into your mind and age there like fine wine.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 11:12AM
Friday, July 25, 2014

Fuse CD Review: Pianist Fred Hersch’s “Floating” – A Constant Delight by Michael Ullman

Pianist Fred Hersch’s ballad playing is one of the special treats of contemporary jazz.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 10:01AM
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fuse CD Note: Pianist Gilbert Kalish — As Usual, Distinguished and Appealing Performances by Michael Ullman

Gilbert Kalish's recital is as distinguished and appealing as one would expect.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 08:56AM
Monday, July 14, 2014

Fuse Remembrance: Bassist Charlie Haden — August 6, 1937 – July 11, 2014 by Michael Ullman

"One of the great things about improvisation is that it teaches you the importance of the moment and how to live in that moment and place importance on this life and making this life better."

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 06:16PM
Sunday, March 16, 2014

Fuse Jazz Review: The Vijay Iyer Trio and Poet Robert Pinsky Create POEMJAZZ by Michael Ullman

The first part of the evening worked: Robert Pinsky was a good enough actor, his poetry was sufficiently transparent, and Vijay Iyer proved to be a brilliant accompanist.

SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 11:35AM

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