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Cindy Blackman Santana: Rhythmic And Musical Force

Read "Cindy Blackman Santana: Rhythmic And Musical Force" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

It's the 1980s in New York City. It's the place to be for musicians looking to make a name for themselves with hopes of finding steady gigs and recording dates. Drummer Cindy Blackman (long before her marriage to Carlos Santana) is there, fresh out of Berklee College of Music. She's there to meet people, get experience and learn as much as she can. But things are tough for most young musicians hoping to follow a dream. She's willing ...

Radio & Podcasts

Dave Weckl, Mike Prigodich, Yellow Jackets and Cindy Blackman Santana

Read "Dave Weckl, Mike Prigodich, Yellow Jackets and Cindy Blackman Santana" reviewed by Len Davis

Music from Dave Weckl and Jay Oliver, Yellow Jackets, Mike Prigodich, and Cindy Blackman. Playlist Dave Weckl-Jay Oliver “Apocalypso" from Convergence (Self Produced) 00:00 Jazz Pistols “Three On The Floor" from 3 On The Floor-Live (Lipstick) 08:23 Yellow Jackets “Aha" from Altered State (Heads Up) 16:38 Mike Prigodich “Spanish Swordfight" from A Stitch In Time (Mexican Mocha) 24:56 Cindy Blackman Santana “Velocity" from Give The Drummer Some (Copperline) 33:14 Anthony Jackson-Yiorgos Fakanas “Inner Power" from Interspirit (Abstract Logix) ...

Radio & Podcasts

Cindy Blackman Santana, Ben Wendel, Ellen Andrea Wang, Aaron Burnett and More

Read "Cindy Blackman Santana, Ben Wendel, Ellen Andrea Wang, Aaron Burnett and More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In the second part of this week's review of new and upcoming releases we focus on new projects by saxophonists Ben Wendel (as leader and sideman of Tom Guarna, Nubya Garcia (revisiting Joe Henderson for the Blue Note Re:imagined project, and as member of Maisha. Also noteworthy the new project of drummers Cindy Blackman Santana (with a guitar dream-duo of Vernon Reid and Carlos Santana), and Antoine Berjeaut as well the new trio by Norwegian bassist Ellen Andrea Wang. To ...

Live Review

Cindy Blackman's Explorations, Jazz Standard August 18, 2010

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Cindy Blackman's ExplorationsJazz StandardNew York, NYAugust 18, 2010 Cindy Blackman's Explorations' first set on Wednesday, August 18 opened with a very experimental-sounding number dominated by keyboards and drums that switched back and forth into a more traditional format. Linking the tune's two facets was Rashaan Carter's walking bass, which stood apart from the piece's electronic textures. This structure gave saxophonist Antoine Roney plenty of space to freely improvise. Keyboardists Marc Cary and Zaccai Curtis followed ...

Album Review

Cindy Blackman: Another Lifetime

Read "Another Lifetime" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Drummer Cindy Blackman has played with acts from Lenny Kravitz to Joe Henderson but it was Tony Williams, one of the greatest drummers of all time, who was her main influence. Blackman's dynamic Another Lifetime pays tribute to her mentor and friend and is centered primarily on Williams' role as a founding father of jazz-rock fusion. The core quartet of Blackman, organist Doug Carn, electric bassist Benny Rietveld and guitarist Mike Stern interprets songs from the repertoire ...

Album Review

Cindy Blackman: Another Lifetime

Read "Another Lifetime" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

When Cindy Blackman took an insult from another musician directed toward her and the late, great drum virtuoso Tony Williams, she got even. She decided that the best revenge would not be to snipe back, but instead to put together a band featuring guitarists Mike Stern and Vernon Reid, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, and other like-minded souls to recapture the power and glory of Williams' Lifetime band, the seminal group of jazz-rock.

Does everything work to perfection on Another Lifetime? ...

Album Review

Cindy Blackman: Another Lifetime

Read "Another Lifetime" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

In paying tribute to her friend and mentor Tony Williams through songs and other material associated with him, drummer Cindy Blackman proves that she is not a slavish imitator. Blackman has always been a tasteful drummer. Never obtrusive, she strikes the right combination of dynamics, harmony, and accent. At home both in jazz and rock, this is the perfect vehicle for her.

The moods on this release are varied. The textures on “Vashkar" are thrust into the open ...


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