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David A. Orthmann

David hears the melody of "Salt Peanuts" in the voices of wild turkeys walking through his back yard.

About Me

I recently retired after thirty-one years of gainful employment as a freight broker. After spending a decade writing book reviews as an avocation, I stumbled into jazz journalism during the late 1990s and, to my surprise, found a home. Despite the myriad challenges in trying to do justice to the artists' work, I never get tired of the music; it's always a source of wonder and inspiration. Aside from All About Jazz, I've published in Hot House, Jazziz, and penned liner notes for the Criss Cross, Jazzed Media, 18th and Vine, Weebop Records, and Blues Leaf record labels.

My column, “Rhythm In Every Guise,” focuses on the work of individual jazz drummers. Utilizing examples from a player's discography, I attempt to capture the essence of his or her style.

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