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Chris Massey & The NJP: Whosoever

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Drummer Chris Massey's debut--Vibrainium (Self Produced, 2011)--was an Art Blakey-influenced quintet date that put a modern slant on the hard bop tradition; this follow-up follows the same guidelines, but puts a greater emphasis on the modern. Massey tips his cap to those who came before him by including an always-in-style standard ("Old Devil Moon"), a high energy original ("Whosoever") that balances Blakey-esque ideals with McCoy Tyner-ish tendencies, and choice covers from past masters like saxophonists John Coltrane ("Giant Steps") and Rahsaan Roland Kirk ("Pedal Up"), but he doesn't dwell on the old; Whosoever is more of a ...

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Meet Chris Massey:Chris Massey is fast becoming one of the most talked about young talented players in the world of jazz. Growing up in small town Ohio where he picked up his first pair of drumsticks a the age of nine he took his first steps into his musical career as a Jazz Performance major at Youngstown State University in 2000. In 2003, Chris began performing with world-renowned artists such as former Jazz Messenger Donald Harrison Jr. Since then, he has performed with such renowned artists as Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, members of the Lincoln Center ...

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Chris Massey: Vibrainium

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A tight, two horn front-line, strong solo personalities, an aggressive--yet flexible--rhythm section and first-rate compositions are all part of the package on drummer Chris Massey's Vibrainium. From the first notes of the album-opening “Galactus" to the end of “Mr. Twilight," Massey demonstrates a take-no-prisoners attitude and a willingness to explore different avenues of music with great attention to detail and a good balance between explosive, raw energy and musical restraint. The aforementioned “Galactus" starts off with a rim-dominated, high-energy groove in seven, melding with David Ostrem's catchy bass line. This provides an exciting rhythmic undercurrent as the ...



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