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Curtis Taylor: Taylor Made

Read "Taylor Made" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Trumpeter and composer Curtis Taylor's debut album, he writes in the liner notes, “was over twenty years in the making." Ever since he was a teenager, Taylor confesses, he dreamed of recording his music with a group of stellar musicians and calling it Taylor Made. And now he has. The album's cover mirrors some of those that represented such labels as Blue Note and Prestige back in the 1950s and '60s, which is quite appropriate, as Taylor ...

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Curtis Taylor: Taylor Made

Read "Taylor Made" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Taylor Made, from trumpeter, Curtis Taylor, presents seven tracks of fine post hard bop jazz. The music here is intelligent, inviting, and, lathered with superb solos. Taylor composed and arranged all seven tracks. “Kham's Dilemma" opens with a lyrical, yet exotic statement with Taylor's trumpet and Marcus Elliot's sax in unison over an energized rhythm bed before it breaks out swinging hard and meaning business. Fine solos follow from Taylor, Marcus Elliot and pianist Theron Brown. “After ...

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Curtis Taylor: Taylor Made

Read "Taylor Made" reviewed by Troy Dostert


From the classic Blue Note-inspired cover design to the wide range of bop-based jazz influences found within, trumpeter Curtis Taylor leaves no doubt about the vibe he is aiming for with his debut full-length release, Taylor Made. Taylor has been a frequently used sideman by artists such as Gregory Porter, Billy Childs, and Cyrus Chestnut, so it is a welcome occurrence that he is now able to step out on his own more convincingly. Seven well-designed compositions, and accomplished performances ...

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Bobby Selvaggio 11: Stories, dreams, inspirations: for my boy

Read "Stories, dreams, inspirations: for my boy" reviewed by Mark Corroto


There is something special about the people of Northeastern Ohio. They take great pride in what is called “The Land." Cleveland sports fans may be the most loyal, whether they turn out for baseball's opening day in a snowstorm or cheer for an imagined Super Bowl game which has yet to materialize. They even root for stars such as native son LeBron James, who now plays basketball in Los Angeles. The same can be said of Cleveland's jazz musicians. From ...

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Dan Bruce's Beta Collective: Time to Mind the Mystics

Read "Time to Mind the Mystics" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


A modern composer and guitarist, Dan Bruce spent a decade taking advantage of the Chicago jazz scene while working such rooms as The Green Mill and The Jazz Showcase. In addition to making his mark as a creative writer, he also spent time making music with such heavy hitters as Seamus Blake, Ali Jackson, and Dan Wall. Since 2017, Bruce has made his home in Northeast Ohio and has continued to turn heads with his original music and prowess as ...

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Gaetano Letizia: Chartreuse

Read "Chartreuse" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


True story. There is a very picky, conservatory-trained bassist in the immediate vicinity, visiting from over the pond. She has extremely broad taste in music, but unyielding on fundamentals. Despite a childhood exposure to jazz of all kinds, she literally winces when a lot of big names, living and deceased, pour forth from the speakers. “Chartreuse" was playing. Said bassist, off in another room, makes a beeline and asks, “Who is that?" “You like?" “Yeah, sort of sounds Chris Thile--Brad ...

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Stories, dreams,...

Hidden Cinema Records
2024

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Taylor Made

Self Produced
2024

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Elemental

Hidden Cinema Records
2023

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Time to Mind the...

Shifting Paradigm Records
2022

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Chartreuse

Self Produced
2021

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Blue

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By Theron Brown

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