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Ryan Kisor: Power Source

Read "Ryan Kisor: Power Source" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Taking full advantage of what might be termed his “second wind," Ryan Kisor has grown into one of the most mature trumpeters of his generation. Back in 1990 when he impressed his elders by taking the prize at the Thelonious Monk Institute trumpet competition, things appeared promising and a major record label deal even came through the following year, but it might have been a slight case of a bit too much too soon. It seemed as quickly as his ...

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Conrad Herwig: Obligation

Read "Conrad Herwig: Obligation" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Jazz fans tend to be fanatical about those artists that most directly speak to their own musical tastes. Over time, a sense of familiarity with the musical personalities of their iconic favorites becomes entrenched, followed by categorization based on style and genre. Those already familiar with Conrad Herwig's musical endeavors over the past 20 years are likely to speak to his great versatility, at home in both jazz and Afro-Cuban musical circles as he is in leading his own varied ...

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Gene Jackson Trio Nu Yorx: Power Of Love

Read "Power Of Love" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Born in Philadelphia in 1961, Gene Jackson had already determined by his late teens to become a professional drummer. He attended Berklee College of Music where his classmates numbered Branford Marsalis, Cindy Blackman, Terri Lyne Carrington and Jeff “Tain" Watts to name just a few. He's worked with many major players in jazz including Dave Holland, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Kevin Eubanks. For his debut album as leader, Jackson has shrewdly selected two truly inspired musicians. Listening ...

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New York Standards Quartet: Unstandard

Read "Unstandard" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Unstandard è il secondo album del New York Standards Quartet, fondato dal sassofonista Tim Armacost nell'autunno del 2006. La formazione annovera quattro solidi ed affermati musicisti come David Berkman al piano, Yosuke Inoue al contrabbasso e Gene Jackson alla batteria. Ancora standards? Sì, e non ci stuferemo mai di ascoltarli. D'altronde è questo uno dei lati eccezionali del jazz, il continuo reinventare, riscoprire e realizzare in maniera diversa e, se possibile gradevole, un brano già straconosciuto. Il lavoro del quartetto ...

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New York Standards Quartet: Unstandard

Read "Unstandard" reviewed by Larry Taylor

It's a pleasure when a group of great jazz players take American standards and reshape them with their own unique stamp. This happens on New York Standards Quartet's Unstandard, where the musical gambit--the direction these musicians take the originals--is often surprising. Pianist David Berkman leads the way, handling arrangements and contributing originals, all the while taking impeccable solos. This is a joint effort, and veteran drummer Gene Jackson is invaluable, impressively powering the pace, aided by bassist Yosuke ...

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Sam Newsome: This Masquerade

Read "This Masquerade" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

It's been ten years now since saxophonist Sam Newsome made his debut recording as a leader for Criss Cross Jazz, Sam I Am. Prior to that he had spent five years on the front line of Terrence Blanchard's quintet. Already established within the hard bop community and known as a tenor saxophone stylist of note, Newsome made a bold move in 1995 by focusing exclusively on the soprano horn. Furthermore, he would develop a unique muse in the guise of ...


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