Reviews

  • REVIEW: John Vanore & Abstract Truth
    "Culture”
    By Josef Woodard, Downbeat
    Published: August 2013

    "The intriguing trumpeter pushes expressive possibilities in the real of big band culture, armed with a progressive attitude, yet also with clear roots in tradition and timeless musical values."
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  • REVIEW: John Vanore & Abstract Truth
    "Culture”
    By Thomas Conrad, Stereophile
    Published: May 2013

    “Vanore’s touch with ensemble texture and color, and his sense of narrative timing, recall Gil Evans. The most ambitious Easter Island Suite…is patient and detailed and continuously revelatory, a musical portrait of wonder.”
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  • REVIEW: John Vanore & Abstract Truth
    "Culture”
    By Critical Jazz.Com
    Published: February 5, 2013

    “New sounds, new textures, and new ways of looking at previously held notions of musical tradition… Adventurous, innovative, experimental. Whispers of Spring… a master class in composition.”
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  • REVIEW: John Vanore & Abstract Truth
    "Culture”
    By Scott Albin, JazzTimes
    Published: May 14, 2013

    “John Vanore & Abstract Truth is a big band for people who dislike big bands. Vanore's emphasis is on the individual soloist and small group settings within the larger 12-piece ensemble, resulting in an uncluttered sound and orchestrations that have great impact and meaning since they are not overdone.”
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  • REVIEW: John Vanore & Abstract Truth
    "Contagious Words”
    By Aaron Cohen, Downbeat
    Published: October 2011

    "Vanore’s strong trumpet solo accentuates his pristine melodic sense, yet while the large ensemble’s response to his lines makes an immediate impact, guitarist Greg Kettinger’s pointed underpinning lines quietly make the sharpest, and most lingering, statement."
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  • REVIEW: John Vanore & Abstract Truth
    "Contagious Words”
    By Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes
    Published: August 17, 2011

    "Ambitious writing and arranging for the 12-piece ensemble by Philly-based trumpeter, John Vanore. Hauntingly beautiful…well crafted…stirring orchestration…edgy…swinging."
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  • REVIEW: John Vanore & Abstract Truth
    "Contagious Words”
    By Piotr Siatkowski, slojazz.net
    Published: May 11, 2011

    "...Contagious Words is an excellent album, and important voice of contemporary orchestral jazz...a confirmation of John Vanore’s great compositional talent and imaginative approach to arranging. He plays his big band like an instrument." Read the full Article »

  • REVIEW: John Vanore & Abstract Truth: Contagious Words (2011)
    By Greg Simmons, All About Jazz
    Published: March 27, 2011

    “As a soloist, Vanore plays his horn open with a bright searching tone. The writing is complicated enough to sound modern and highly crafted, but remains accessible…rich orchestration throughout.” Read the full Article »

  • REVIEW: John Vanore & Abstract Truth
    "Contagious Words”
    By Ric Bang, jazzscan.com
    Published: April 22, 2011

    “This group is definitely a concert orchestra; the music is contemporary and relatively complex...exciting...and it does swing. The rich ensemble work provides a background that, from the soloists’ viewpoint, is to die for.” Read the full Article »

  • REVIEW: John Vanore & Abstract Truth’s “Contagious Words”
    By thisisbooksmusic.com
    Published: March 19, 2011

    “Vanore is the commander and you hear his placement in each of his songs. The album (Contagious Words)...sounds incredible.” Read the full Article »

  • REVIEW: Curiosity by John Vanore & Abstract Truth
    By Chuck Vecoli, Jazz Review
    Published: January 1, 2010

    “Vanore and Abstract Truth conjure up the energy of the legendary big bands, including Woody Herman’s various Herds. What is different is the Miles Davis-like sensitivity to the melodies and solos. The expressiveness that Vanore injects into the solos gives the listener places to land between the energetic movements…wonderful islands of musicality.” Read the full Article »