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by Jerry D'Souza
A lot of water has flowed under Jeff Tain Watts musical bridge since he came into prominence as the drummer in Wynton Marsalis' band. Watts has gone on to extend his musical circle playing in varied settings and by leading his own groups. This time around he has a new band in Ebonix, with saxophonist Marcus Strickland, bassist Christian McBride and pianist David Kikoski.
Watts wrote most of the music. He has Keith Jarrett in the mix, as well as ...read more
by Troy Collins
Jeff Tain" Watts, the most vivacious drummer to emerge from the much ballyhooed young lions phenomenon of the early 1980s, has reached beyond traditional hard-bop to embrace the diverse stylistic influences that inspire him. His straight-ahead credentials are well-documented on seminal records from Wynton and Branford Marsalis. The ensuing years have found him exploring more adventurous territory, supporting Geri Allen, Steve Coleman, Alice Coltrane and Greg Osby.
Watt's current quartet, the awkwardly named Tain & the Ebonix, present ...read more