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Kind Folk: Head Towards The Center

Read "Head Towards The Center" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Kind Folk is a quartet consisting of trumpeter John Raymond, alto saxophonist Alex LoRe, bassist Noam Wiesenberg and drummer Colin Stranahan. They recorded their first album in 2018, then went their separate ways for various reasons. They finally reconnected in June 2021 and came up with the simmering blend of jazz, rock and folk sensibilities that makes up this album. Generally, there is a subdued but close-knit feel to this music. Tracks such as “Mantrois" and “Around, Forever" ...

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Julian Shore: Where We Started

Read "Where We Started" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A pianist of uncommon sensitivity and graceful temperament, Julian Shore crafts music with atmosphere and feeling, aiming for emotional depth rather than settling for typical jazz devices. On Where We Started, his third release, he offers eight well-honed tracks which are both evocative and nuanced; while they might not win over the uninitiated in a crowded club, they offer plenty of introspective delights to listeners prepared to settle in with the music. Joined by a fine ensemble, Shore ...

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Norvald Dahl with Colin Stranahan: The Vision

Read "The Vision" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Norwegian newcomer Norvald Dahl has cultivated his expansive approach to jazz piano since his 2018 debut, Organic Chamber (AMP Music), a trio outing which included saxophonist Jon Irabagon and bassist Mats Eilertsen. That free-spirited release revealed a deeply iconoclastic spirit in Dahl, someone who is as comfortable teasing the contours of a pop-inflected tune as he is venturing into the outer reaches of improvisation or utilizing classical formalism. His follow-up, Flying High (Blamann Records, 2019), was a fetching solo disc ...

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Colin Stranahan / Glenn Zaleski / Rick Rosato: Anticipation

Read "Anticipation" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

The piano-bass-drum trio format is a classic configuration in jazz, and with good reason: given the right musicians, this particular combination of instruments forms a perfect sonic triangle. As the jazz world mourns the November 2011 death of drummer Paul Motian--a member of pianist Bill Evans's paradigm-shifting trio, along with gifted bassist Scott LaFaro--it's good to hear Capri Records' Anticipation, which carries the tradition forward via three talented musicians. Throughout the CD, drummer Colin Stranahan, pianist Glenn Zaleski, ...

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Colin Stranahan / Glenn Zaleski / Rick Rosato: Anticipation

Read "Anticipation" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Colin Stranahan, Glenn Zaleski and Rick Rosato describe their trio as a “leaderless" jazz ensemble--a democratic aggregation. Anticipation is the band's first album, and provides plenty of evidence that such a democratic approach to jazz can have clear musical rewards. The trio was the idea of Montreal bassist Rosato, drummer Stranahan--probably the best known of the three and a past member of Herbie Hancock and Kurt Rosenwinkel's groups, and who gets his name at the front of ...

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Colin Stranahan: Life Condition

Read "Life Condition" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Drummer Colin Stranahan was something of a prodigy, gigging around his home town of Denver, Colorado, aged 11 years and releasing his first album, Dreams Untold (Capri Records, 2004) at the age of 17. Life Condition is his third album--inspired by a trip to India with Herbie Hancock and the Monk Institute Band. It's a mix of originals and standards performed in the main by a trio of Stranahan, alto saxophonist Ben Van Gelder and bassist Chris Smith, with tenor ...

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Colin Stranahan: Transformation

Read "Transformation" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

It is good to hear that the young drummer and bandleader Colin Stranahan is continuing his musical growth with Transformation. Like his debut 2004 album, Dreams Untold, this one features an quintet (largely consisting of new personnel) and provides all original tunes, many in an Art Blakey Jazz Messengers mode. Tenor saxophonist Michael Bailey returns, joined on four tracks by trumpeter Greg Gisbert; Jim Stranahan appears once, playing alto sax on his own composition, “It's Not Always About You."

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Head Towards The...

Fresh Sound Records


The Vision

Blamann Records


Where We Started

Tone Rogue Records


Live at the Jazz...

Capri Records


Open Ended

CD Baby



Capri Records



From: Live at the Jazz Standard
By Colin Stranahan


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