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Reid Hoyson Project Featuring Don DePaolis and Mark Lucas: Natural Gifts

Read "Natural Gifts" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Natural Gifts, from Pittsburgh-based drummer/producer Reid Hoyson, offers eleven selections that deliver a very enjoyable jazz experience. The performers all emanate from Pittsburgh and the entire group shines. Like the Three-Rivers City, the session melds fine compositions, soloing and ensemble interplay. “Bottom Without a Top" launches the session with a Latin-grooved head before it opens up into a swinging section with fire-breathing solos from Jeff Bush, Erik Lawrence and J.D. Chaisson. “Dinner at the Borgia's" is, as ...

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Erik Lawrence: Erik Lawrence & Hipmotism

Read "Erik Lawrence & Hipmotism" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Somehow, somewhere jazz fans (maybe fanatics) changed the way one could appreciate this music. Theory has it that once the music migrated up the Mississippi from New Orleans (via Louis Armstrong) to Chicago and then spread to New York that it was no longer joyful, but serious business. Who could argue? Charlie Parker had his heroin habit, Lee Morgan found that gunshot hole in his best suit, and Albert Ayler jumped into the East River. Fast forward to the 1980s ...

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Natural Gifts

Reid Hoyson Productions
2020

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Paper Doll

Peirdon Production
2020

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Steampunk Serenade

Point of Departure, WMPG-FM
2011

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Erik Lawrence &...

Self Produced
2007

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