Jazz

The Pure Joy of Flamenco

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
by Peter Ingle
The Pure Joy of Flamenco

OCCASIONALLY, David Peña Dorantes reaches inside the open piano and plucks the strings directly while playing the keyboard. This has become almost a fashion among Jazz pianists, but with David you get the feeling that it is, like him, genuine. He’s sincerely trying to draw out as much of the music as he can―while... Read »

Monday Night Jazz

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
by Peter Ingle
Monday Night Jazz

AN EAGER AUDIENCE filled the Simons Center Recital Hall Monday night to hear the Duda Lucena Quartet. This was not the generally staid crowd that comes for classical music (although some of us were there). No, these folks were tapping their feet, swinging their shoulders, uttering regular joys of pleasure. “Yeah…” And for several... Read »

Seeing Where it Goes…

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
by Peter Ingle
Seeing Where it Goes…

AS A RELATIVE newcomer to Jazz—and coming from the decidedly classical side of the fence—I am still struck by the informality. The entrance of the performers (with a wave of the hand holding a water bottle), the well-worn jeans, the casual management of the musical structure, and, of course, the multitude of improvisational techniques—no... Read »

Friends, Fun, and Fusion

Monday, November 15, 2010
by Peter Ingle
Friends, Fun, and Fusion

LAST SATURDAY evening started out light and had plenty of entertainment thrown in. Gradually, though, the music—listed as “Latin + Jazz Fusion”—became more complex until it flourished in a display of superb musicianship. That’s Laura Ball’s style: passionate, engaging, spontaneous, and, above all, musical. And the packed Library Society audience clearly enjoyed the second... Read »

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