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Thread: AAJ Reciew: Ralph Alessi​​, Baida

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    AAJ Review: Ralph Alessi​​, Baida

    My review of Ralph Alessi​​'s superlative Baida, today at All About Jazz.

    With 2013 heading into fall, it's a good time to take stock of a label that has all too often been (falsely) accused of minimizing the country where jazz began. Excluding reissues, this year's ECM regular series releases represent about thirty percent American leadership; given jazz's increasingly global nature, hardly a bad numberand better still, when considering ECM's qualitative consistency. From Chris Potter's impressive label debut as a leader, The Sirens, to Craig Taborn's boundary-stretching Chants, and Steve Swallow's career-defining Into the Woodwork, ECM's emphasis has never been about geographic location; it's simply been about good music being where you find it. This year, in addition to superb music from Britain, Norway, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland, there's clearly been plenty of great music coming from the lower 48and especially from New York City.

    Add to that list Baida, Ralph Alessi's ECM leader debut. The trumpeter's firstand, until now, onlylabel appearance was on Michael Cain's below-the-radar Circa (1997), but he's gradually built a small but significant discography as a leader and been in-demand on recordings by everyone from Uri Caine and Scott Colley to Drew Gress and Joel Harrison. Gress is, in fact, Alessi's bassist of choice for Baida, which reconvenes the same quartet responsible for all but two tracks of Cognitive Dissonance (Cam Jazz, 2010), an album that raised a very germane question: why is Alessi not as established a name as contemporaries like Dave Douglas (the two literally born 19 days apart)?

    Continue reading review here.
    Last edited by jkelman; 09-14-2013 at 06:27 AM.

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    Auto-buy. Alessi's a monster....
    Michael: "Harold, don't you have any other music, you know, from [last] century?"
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