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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Concert Review: Hudson at the Berklee Performance Center by Steve Elman

It’s clear these four musicians love playing together. As long as the magic lasts, it’s well worth your hearing.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

CD Reviews: Ghost Train Orchestra’s Book of Rhapsodies, Vol. II” and Jane Ira Bloom’s “Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson” – Second T by Steve Elman

In two new releases, Jane Ira Bloom and Brian Carpenter complete their work on self-defined projects that are tonics for a time of trouble.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Jazz CD Reviews: Freedom Now — Tetraptych’s “Tetraptych” and The Alchemists’ “Journey to the East” by Steve Elman

If you want to know how exquisitely intuition and structure can be balanced, you could hardly do better than to hear these two new discs.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Jazz CD Reviews: Laszlo Gardony: “Serious Play”; Tim Ray: “Windows”; Yoko Miwa: “Pathways” by Steve Elman

These three area pianists offer up a mini-festival of satisfying keyboard music.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Jazz Review: Thelonious Monk’s: Les liaisons dangereuses 1960″ – Times Retrieved by Steve Elman

But, good as the support is, it’s all about Thelonious Monk, who is in superlative form throughout.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Jazz Review: Vijay Iyer Sextet at Sanders Theater — Speak, Memory by Steve Elman

This is music that says things that cannot be said any other way, music that cannot wear its heart on its sleeve.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Book Review and Commentary: Albert Murray’s Non-fiction – A Balm in Columbia by Steve Elman

At his best, Albert Murray is a thinker passionately in love with thinking, a virtuoso of verbal music, an American to his core.

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A Compendium of Consolations: The Words of Albert Murray by Steve Elman

“Art . . . is . . . fundamental equipment for existence on human terms.” -- Albert Murray

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Jazz Gift Recommendations: The Test of Time, 2016 by Steve Elman

I think any one of these releases would be received gratefully by a person who listens with both ears.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Fuse Review: Sheila Jordan with the Yoko Miwa Trio at Thelonious Monkfish by Steve Elman

Sheila Jordan, to the club crowd in Central Square: “What do I care? I’m still alive.”

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Jazz Review: Chucho Valdés – Joe Lovano Quintet at the Berklee Performance Center — Molto Vivo by Steve Elman

Intense head music and powerful foot music, but this show needed a little more heart. By Steve Elman [Disclosures: I received press tickets to this event from the Celebrity Series. I’m ind…

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Jazz Review: Danilo Pérez & Jazz 100 at Sanders Theater — Surprise after Surprise by Steve Elman

With an artist as focused and sharp as Danilo Pérez as its musical director, Jazz 100 makes you sit up straight and hang on every note.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fuse Performance and CD Review / Commentary: Jane Ira Bloom’s “Wild Lines” and “Early Americans” by Steve Elman

Exposing the jazz impulses in Emily Dickinson’s poetry is not an agenda for the novice.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Fuse Review and Commentary: Testaments to the Wonderful Ears of Ralph J. Gleason by Steve Elman

A writer has to write for the now or to write for the ages. Gleason almost always chose the now, but his best moments go deeper.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Fuse Music Review/Commentary: Anat Cohen’s Tentet & SFJAZZ Collective — Strength in Numbers by Steve Elman

Jazz groups of eight to eleven often make fascinating and unusual music, but they rarely survive.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Fuse Review and Appreciation: Murray Talks Music, and So Much More — the Legacy and Lessons of Albert Murray by Steve Elman

Murray Talks Music shows how brilliant Albert Murray could be even when he didn’t have time to polish his prose. Reading Albert Murray’s remarkable rhapsody of words will open a door…

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Fuse Music Review/Commentary: David Bowie’s “Blackstar” and Norbert Stein’s “Das Karussell” — When Words Rule Music by Steve Elman

Both David Bowie and Norbert Stein presents a distinctive and subtle approach to the hybridizing of poetry and music.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Fuse Classical Music Review/Commentary: BSO / Pianist Kirill Gerstein – Whose America? by Steve Elman

The BSO’s Americana concert could only provide four beautiful snapshots of a very complicated landscape.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fuse Music Commentary: Jazz and the Piano Concerto — Ave Sine Vale by Steve Elman

The great mistake we make as listeners or viewers is passivity. Music deserves and needs our active involvement.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Fuse Music Commentary: Jazz and the Piano Concerto — A Coda without a Finale by Steve Elman

What we know of mass-market choice suggests that the more choices a person has, the more likely it is that the person will be dissatisfied with any one choice.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Fuse Music Commentary Series: Jazz and the Piano Concerto — The Zebra in the Room by Steve Elman

Much more work could be done fertilizing the fields of cross-cultural music, sowing seeds collected from the great touchstones of American culture – innovation, integration, risk, reward.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Fuse Music Commentary Series: Jazz and the Piano Concerto — The Straddlers, Part Two by Steve Elman

I would like to think that there are more composers working today who think of themselves as beyond category, and that there are and will be more works that take this trend in exciting and i…

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Fuse Music Commentary Series: Jazz and the Piano Concerto — The Straddlers, Part One by Steve Elman

Time to look at the maverick mavericks, composers with feet firmly planted on either side of the dividing line between jazz and classical.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Fuse Music Commentary Series: Jazz and the Piano Concerto — Balancing Acts at Symphony Hall by Steve Elman

What makes pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet an ideal interpreter of Ravel's Concerto in G is his understanding of and appreciation for jazz.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Fuse Music Commentary Series: Jazz and the Piano Concerto — A Real Tradition, but of What? by Steve Elman

The tradition of hybrids is there, for anyone who chooses to use it. Our modern media world makes that tradition accessible in hitherto unimaginable ways.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fuse Music Commentary Series: Jazz and the Piano Concerto –Revisiting the Jazz Side by Steve Elman

What I’ve learned from three years of research and listening is that the piano concerto is an ideal vehicle with which individual composers can experiment

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Fuse Music Commentary Series: Jazz and the Piano Concerto — Mavericks, 1960 – 2004 by Steve Elman

More composers who followed their own distinctive paths when they incorporated jazz into their piano concertos.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Fuse Music Commentary Series: Jazz and the Piano Concerto — Mavericks, 1938-1983 by Steve Elman

More composers who followed their own distinctive paths when they incorporated jazz into their piano concertos.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Fuse Music Commentary Series: Jazz and the Piano Concerto — Mavericks, 1923-1955 by Steve Elman

This first group of mavericks all have their roots in the 1920s, but they demonstrate that George Gershwin’s way wasn’t the only way.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Fuse Music Commentary Series: Jazz and the Piano Concerto — French Threads by Steve Elman

New York and Paris both respected innovation, but Paris demanded that the new have a certain style.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Fuse Music Commentary Series: Jazz and the Piano Concerto — The Great God George by Steve Elman

There are still some places where the genius of George Gershwin is underappreciated, and regrettably, they include most of the concert halls in his home country.

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