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Album Review

John Raymond and Real Feels: Live Vol. 2

Read "Live Vol. 2" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes


After releasing his album Joy Ride (Sunnyside Records) early in 2018, John Raymond took his band Real Feels on the road to experiment with the songs they created. Their philosophy seems to be predicated on the song rather than the instrument, as of utmost importance. Thankfully, none of the tunes they play here seem rigid or too tightly structured, as this approach can sometimes cause. Worth noting is that while Live Vol. 2 is a live recording, the audio quality ...

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Album Review

Kind Folk: Why Not

Read "Why Not" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Back in 2014, trumpeter John Raymond, alto saxophonist Alex LoRe, bassist Noam Wiesenberg, and drummer Colin Stranahan gathered in a tiny apartment in Brooklyn to test out their chemistry and let the music flow. Four years later, after some more sporadic get-togethers and a bump or two in the road, we have their debut. Opening with the buoyant and clear-headed Kenny Wheeler tune that serves as the name (and something of a directional beacon) for this collective ...

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Album Review

John Raymond & Real Feels: Joy Ride

Read "Joy Ride" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


There's something to be said for the centered and warm sound qualities born of a flugelhorn fronting a bass-less trio. Even when John Raymond ratchets up the intensity on his original compositions--the choppy title track in five, the circuitous “Follower"--there's a sense of sonic evenhandedness reflecting both the instrument's depth of character and the artist's depth of soul. Of course, it helps when you also have players of the caliber of guitarist Gilad Hekselman and drummer Colin Stranahan filling out ...

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Album Review

John Raymond & Real Feels: Real Feels - Live Vol. 1

Read "Real Feels - Live Vol. 1" reviewed by Mark F. Turner


Trumpeter John Raymond's Real Feels trio with guitarist Gilad Hekselman and drummer Colin Stranahan earned praise for the titular studio release earlier in 2016 with its fresh and modernist take on classics pop tunes and beloved hymns. They took that vibe to the streets in numerous gigs and venues capturing the magic from two dates in Real Feels -Live Vol. 1 The set recorded at the BLU jazz club in Akron, Ohio begins with a crisp solo ...

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Take Five With John Raymond

Read "Take Five With John Raymond" reviewed by John Raymond


Meet John Raymond: John Raymond has been making a name for himself as one of the most promising, up-and-coming jazz musicians in New York. Originally from jny: Minneapolis, MN, John performs regularly with musicians such as Billy Hart, Orrin Evans, Linda Oh, Ethan Iverson and Gilad Hekselman among others. He has recently been a featured artist at the NYC Winter Jazz Festival as well as the FONT Festival, and has also performed at notable events such as the ...

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Album Review

John Raymond: Strength & Song

Read "Strength & Song" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid; For the Lord God is my strength and song. And he has become my salvation." These words, taken from Isaiah 12:2, are quoted on the inside jacket of trumpeter John Raymond's Strength & Song and serve as the inspiration for its title, as well as the name of Raymond's record label.Two of the project's tracks reference religion in different ways. Raymond's arrangement of the popular hymn ...

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Album Review

John Raymond: Strength & Song

Read "Strength & Song" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


When trumpet giant Jon Faddis gives his stamp of approval to another trumpeter and climbs aboard to co-produce his debut, it's probably a safe bet that he has something special going on. Such is the case with John Raymond, who delivers the goods again and again during this original-heavy program. Raymond, a native of Minnesota who relocated to New York after spending his college years at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, distinguishes himself from the get-go here ...


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