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by Paul Rauch
The city of Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America on Jackson St in the 1920's and '30s. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in the south. It has produced such historical jazz icons as Quincy Jones and Ernestine Anderson. In many instances it has acted as a temporary repose ...read more
by Bob Osborne
A show packed with new music featuring new releases from Chuck Deardorf, Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan, Matt Brewer, Josh Lawrence, Tom Harrell, and Wadada Leo Smith. Playlist Chuck Deardorf Lullaby" from Perception (Origin Records) 00:00 Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan You Only Live Twice" from Epistrophy (ECM) 07:23 Josh Lawrence We're Happiest Together" from Triptych (Posi-tone) 16:23 Matt Brewer, Damion Reid, Mark Shim Ganymede" from Ganymede (Criss Cross Jazz) 20:56 Tom Harrell The Fast" from Infinity ...read more
by Paul Rauch
Before the tech revolution that has ushered in an era of unprecedented growth and global recognition, the city of Seattle was a bit of an outpost in the world of jazz. Since the 1920s, the city has enjoyed a vibrant and innovative jazz scene, often resulting in local musicians backing major international touring artists. The emerald city has spawned such renowned jazz icons as Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Larry Coryell and Ernestine Anderson as well. In the 1970s ...read more
by Paul Rauch
Bassist Chuck Deardorf has gained a reputation for virtuosity and professionalism over a career that has thus far spanned 40 years. He has been the first call bassist in Seattle for most of his career, playing with some of the most renowned musicians in the history of jazz. For many years, despite having a prolific local jazz scene, the now burgeoning city of Seattle was considered a remote outpost in the jazz world. Many touring musicians would arrive on the ...read more
by Mark Sabbatini
I suspect a number of Seattle jazz fans have waited a long time for this album.
Guitarist Dave Peterson and bassist Chuck Deardorf have spent 25 years teaching music, playing clubs and recording as sidemen with various artists. With that much experience it's probably safe to assume that 1) they know everything they need to when it comes to releasing a solid album of their own and 2) there isn't much chance they'll be perceived as the next ...read more
by Dan McClenaghan
With an urbane, beautifully harmonic, clean-edged sound, Portal seems an updated brand of West Coast cool, by way of the Northwest (Seattle) this time around, like a mix of Chico Hamilton's chamber bands, the fluid guitar work of Wes Montgomery, and that dry, cool approach of Paul Desmond's sax work stirred up in one groove-oriented band. Dave Peterson's guitar combined with George Cables' piano kick the harmonic mix up a notch or three on a set that depends more on ...read more