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Album Review: Fractal Quintet

Precipieces (PJCE Records)

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[JAZZ FUSION] The Portland Jazz Composers’ Ensemble’s record label continues to refresh the city’s jazz discography with a diverse range of monthly releases that usually veer beyond straig   More
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 BRETT CAMPBELL

Kneebody: Wednesday, April 9

Virtuosic electro-jazz for the indie rock generation.

Music Stories
Since a diverse group of teenage CalArts and Eastman School of Music students coalesced as Kneebody in Los Angeles in 2001, the instrumental ensemble has built the kind of growing young audience   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 BRETT CAMPBELL

Mic Check: Thara Memory

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From gigging with the likes of James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie and the Commodores to long tenures in Mel Brown’s and Leroy Vinnegar’s bands, trumpeter-composer Thara Memory has earned a deserved    More
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 BRETT CAMPBELL

Album Review: The Ocular Concern

Sister Cities(PCJE)

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[WORLDLY JAZZ] The title of the Portland jazz ensemble’s new album is a little misleading. Composer-pianist Andrew Oliver’s four-movement suite—which adds top classical musicians, some fro   More
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

TBA Diaries: Third Angle New Music, In the Dark


I often listen to parts of concerts with my eyes closed, the better to focus on the sounds rather than the onstage flash. It's not that flash isn't a valid part of the entertainment experience, but it's surprising how you hear a concert differently sans visual distractions.
That's what everyone has to do at the Third Angle New Music concerts this w...   More
Thursday, September 19, 2013 by BRETT CAMPBELL

TBA Diaries: Nick Hallett, Rainbow Passage


Burbly vintage synth sounds, repeated arpeggios straight out of mid-period Reich/Glass high minimalism, trippy light show, mellow vocals, closed-eyed audience members…for one night, TBA's late-night social hub The Works turned into That '70s Show when singer/composer/keyboardist Nick Hallett presented his multimedia Rainbow Passage</...   More
Monday, September 16, 2013 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Primer: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars

Music Stories
Formed: In 1997 in Guinea’s Kalia refugee camp, near the border of Sierra Leone. Sounds like: A rough mélange of retro reggae, Afro-funk, tribal chants, Congolese soukous and groovy soul. For fan   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble: Thursday, June 20

Portland jazz bids farewell to one of its leading lights.

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How will Portland jazz survive without Andrew Oliver? Since Hurricane Katrina blew the young pianist back to his hometown in 2005 after a few years at New Orleans’ Loyola University, he   More
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

Kenji Bunch: Sunday, April 28

One of Portland’s brightest composers escapes from New York.

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[CLASSICAL] Like it is in everything else these days, Brooklyn is all the rage in classical music. It’s an old story, really: For a century at least, if you wanted to be at the forefront of co   More
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

Primer: The Bad Plus

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Formed: In 2000 in Minneapolis. Sounds like: Classically trained piano meets indie-rock drums meets jazz bass. For fans of: Blondie, Igor Stravinsky, Paul Motian, Flaming Lips, Abba, Joshua R   More
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL
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