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Forbes Graham at Cafe Fixe: Streaming Consciousness

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Forbes GrahamCafe FixeBrookline, MassNovember 9, 2010 The sound of a bubbling stream seeped out of Forbes Graham's computer as he performed his sound check. In attendance was a small but dedicated crowd of admirers. With intense eyes and a mysterious smile, Graham brings electricity to a room, giving it a glow even when the lights are dimmed, as they were when the performance began in proper, the stream rising again and mounting into warring, watery chords. Forbes Graham is Boston's newest trumpet sensation, second only to Greg Kelley as ...

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Forbes Graham: Magenta Haze

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Forbes Graham isn't hell-bent on taking the jazz world over by fiat. Then again, a sterling tone like Louis Armstrong's, a sense of stride and a sidewinder sleekness position him to do so. He brings spot-on timing, inherited from his key precursor, Don Cherry, into the icy age of post jazz--and swings, too, situated comfortably within the classic idiom.It is a prismatic phenomenon, his playing. Shades and tints channel through his trumpet, an ever-shifting panoply--not so much of influence, as inflection and deflection. Jan. 6, 2008: The feature, a small venue in Cambridge, Mass., ...



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