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by B.D. Lenz
Jazz is a tradition and traditions can't be possible without the people who pass along its knowledge . That's why I really wanted to speak to an educator on the front lines of teaching the new generations of musicians who's hands this tradition will be passed to. In it's earliest days, jazz education happened on the streets. It was at jam sessions, after hours cutting sessions, and live gigs. In modern times it's been codified and moved in to universities. ...read more
by Hrayr Attarian
Drummer and educator Rich Thompson's third release as a leader Less is More, on the Seattle based Origin records, is a suave mix of quintessential hard bop standards; show tunes and a couple of originals that is full of delightful group dynamics and individual virtuosity. Thompson leads his quartet with a relaxed confidence and impeccable dexterity all the while maintaining both a thematic unity and a uniform excellence throughout. Opening with trumpeter Kenny Dorham's Lotus Blossom" the record ...read more