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Working the Rhythm Section: Tom Lawton, Lee Smith, and Dan Monaghan

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As Duke Ellington's standard goes, “It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing." The rhythm section (piano, bass, drums, with guitar and percussion sometimes added) is the core of the typical jazz ensemble. They set the frame for the leader, singer, and soloists and contribute their own solos as well. Even though they work primarily in the background, they can make or break the performance of the horn players or singer. In order to call ...


Jazz in the New Millennium: Live and Well by Rick Mitchell

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Jazz in the New Millennium: Live and Well Rick Mitchell 339 Pages ASIN: #B00N2331GC Dharma Moon 2014 Much of jazz analysis and reportage is history; the exposition and re-exposition of old forms and older artists. Precious few books written about jazz today have contemporary artists or movements as their subject. Rick Mitchell's Jazz in the New Millennium: Live and Well happily flies in the face of the old with an eye on ...


Karen Power: Is it raining while you listen

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Is it raining while you listen is the first CD release by the award-winning Irish composer Karen Power. It consists of eight compositions dating back to 2007, including one stereo tape-only piece, “Forever ricefields," created specially for the CD release, based on field recordings made in southern Laos. Other tracks combine tape with live musicians, recorded in Ireland or at events around the world. Judging by the locations--including Japan, Germany, Portugal--it is clear that Power is much in demand and ...


Joe Harriott-Amancio D’Silva Quartet: Hum Dono

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All credit to Dutton Vocalion for making Hum Dono available again. It's open to question, of course, whether the record should be seen as a Harriott date at all. The Goan guitarist, Amancio D'Silva, is certainly more than a junior partner here and provides five of the record's six tunes, as well as shaping its whole vibe. The only track credited to Harriott is the short improvised duet with drummer Bryan Spring, “Sping Low, Sweet Harriott." Perhaps Hum Dono is ...


Francesco Marcocci: FOLKLORiCO

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If the Mediterranean can be arguably construed as the cradle of civilization, then Italy certainly has a favorable geographical position in this debate, as it protrudes into the middle of the sea. Francesco Marcocci learned the bass in his hometown of Pisa, Italy, and in the process absorbed the rich musical legacies prevalent in the region. His release FOLKORiCO, is an accumulation of influences as vast as the waters which surrounds his homeland and spreads to the ancient beyond.


Blood Sweat & Tears: Child Is Father To The Man

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Back in the 1960s, keyboardist, vocalist Al Kooper played a prominent role as a coordinator and innovator in the flourishing blues, pop and rock idioms. He played the Hammond organ part on Bob Dylan's “ perennial classic “Like a Rolling Stone," and recorded with wunderkind guitarist Mike Bloomfield, leading to the highly revered Super Session (Columbia, 1968) album also featuring guitarist Stephen Stills, and was a member of the Blues Project. He's also a fabled session artist and scored soundtracks ...


Tom Green Septet: Skyline

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Skyline is the debut release from the Tom Green Septet, a young band from the UK led by trombonist and composer Tom Green. A graduate of the Royal Academy Of Music and winner of the 2013 Dankworth Prize for jazz composition, Green wrote all of the tunes on Skyline with the exception of Hoagy Carmichael's “Skylark." The eight tunes range from the upbeat “DIY," influenced by New Orleans second lines, to the quickfire, skittish “Sticks And Stones" and ...


Tom Richeson: Jazz Tracks

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There is plenty of jazz talent in my home city of Little Rock, Arkansas. A mainstay artist here is trumpeter/composer Tom Richeson. He is an Associate Professor of Music and Jazz Studies Coordinator at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Richeson has performed with other hometown artists like Pharoah Sanders, Stan Samole, Art Porter Sr., Art Porter, Jr., Charles Thomas, Gene Rush and on tours with Frank Sinatra, The Jacksons, Diana Ross, Lou Rawls, and The O'Jays. He's a ...

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