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Jeff Cosgrove/Frank Kimbrough/Martin Wind: Conversations With Owls

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Owls are often seen or portrayed as the most sagacious of creatures, wisely holding sway on a branch and quietly gazing into the night. Images such as that readily appear in the mind as Conversations With Owls unfold. In listening back to this music after the session, drummer Jeff Cosgrove was taken back to his days living near the Potomac River in West Virginia. While there, Cosgrove would often find inspiration in the activities of an owl ...

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Jeff Sipe Trio at Independent Public Alehouse

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Jeff Sipe Trio Featuring Mike Seal And Taylor Lee Independent Public Alehouse Greenville, SC March 5, 2015 The Jeff Sipe Trio began their set with a surprising cover version of Weather Report's “Black Market." Not a tune that could be easily rearranged for a guitar/bass/drums trio, but they made it sound like it was written for them. Starting with a selection any fusion fan would know is a great way to draw an audience ...

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Jeff Cosgrove/Frank Kimbrough/Martin Wind: Conversations With Owls

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The opening track to drummer Jeff Cosgrove's third release under his own name is The Owl, listening to his composition brings to mind poet Carl Sandburg's words, “The fog comes/on little cat feet/It sits looking/over harbor and city/on silent haunches/and then moves on." The composition is not what you might expect from a drummer led recording. Then again Cosgrove is not your typical skins thumper. The music barely blows the curtains aside as it tiptoes in, heels raised, walking on ...

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Jeff Sipe Trio: Jeff Sipe Trio featuring Mike Seal and Taylor Lee

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Drummer Jeff Sipe was a member of Colonel Bruce Hampton's Aquarium Rescue Unit and has played with many other musicians. But probably his most visible association was the power trio with Jonas Hellborg and Shawn Lane, followed by a more recent trio with guitarist Alex Machacek. So he is clearly very comfortable in an improvising rock/jazz guitar trio. He says of the format: “The trio format is still exciting to me," Sipe explains. “It's very transparent. There is nobody there ...

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BKO Quintet: Bamako Today

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While most musicians have the convenience of being in a relaxed atmosphere while preparing to produce a record, this was not the situation for the members of the BKO Quintet. Amidst the revolutionary turmoil which embroiled Mali in late 2012 to the brink of civil war, they maintained focused on their musical endeavor, albeit with a warranted sense of urgency, until with the proper visas and connections they were able to fly to France to produce Bamako Today. Though it ...

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Jeff Hamilton Trio: Great American Songs Through the Years

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Jeff Hamilton, by any measure one of the more tasteful and talented jazz drummers on the scene, has kept his working trio (Tamir Hendelman, piano; Christoph Luty, bass) together for more than a decade. There's a good reason for that: Hendelman and Luty are kindred souls, and as accomplished in their own way as Hamilton is in his. Collectively, they form an inspired and seamless unit that makes every note and phrase seem deceptively credible and polished, as is the ...

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Jeff Hamilton Trio: Great American Songs Through the Years

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In a sonic climate full of studio fixes, it's always refreshing to hear something real--especially when it's executed with this level of excellence. At this point the Jeff Hamilton Trio has been together for over a decade, and it shows in their relaxed and seamless interplay. On this CD, a limited reissue of a 2013 Japanese release, the trio gives new life to ten classics from the American songbook, showing the fine bone structure that made each tune a classic ...

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With Jeff Sipe

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Jeff Sipe is a drummer based in jny: Asheville, North Carolina, and is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music.  For decades he has been a conspicuous presence on the Southern music scene. He was an original member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit, and the phenomenal trio Hellborg, Lane, Sipe. He's known as Jimmy Herring's go-to drummer, and he can be found in all kinds of fluid combinations with numerous artists. The unique sound on his recent ...



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