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Meet Mark Sullivan

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I currently live in: Indian Trail, North Carolina (just outside of Charlotte). I joined All About Jazz in: I joined in 2012, after reading the site casually for a couple of years. I answered the call to join the staff in early 2014 (I think), initially as an editor. I kept getting requests for album reviews, and finally published my first one in December, 2014. Why did you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I ...

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Meet Doug Collette

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Doug Collette's pedigree for crafting honest and carefully-considered music analysis lies in a nearly fifty year devotion to contemporary rock and roll, jazz and the blues. During this time, his zeal for writing has grown to (almost) equal his devotion to the musical experiences he has documented from his astute observations of records, videos, books and concerts (plus a few mutually-enlightening dialogues with musicians as varied as Americana master Peter Case, esteemed jazz guitarist John Scofield and all three members ...

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Derek Brown and The Holland Concert Jazz Orchestra: All Figured Out

Read "All Figured Out" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Whatever you imagine when you think of big bands, it's nothing quite like this. While Derek Brown can ably channel the snappy spirit of golden-age jazz--and certainly does here, with happy hard-swinging results--his spirit in composing and bandleading could not be more thoroughly modern. The same can be said of his approach to his instrument, as shown by the breathy percussive “beatbox sax" which has become a social-media-famous trademark. Brown's catchy hooks and grooves here sound like those of an ...

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Steph Richards: Supersense

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With all the threatening weirdness and desperate surrealism that has become life in the USA, it makes absolute sense that Supersense, daring trumpeter/composer Steph Richards' third full length album, starts out like an encroaching invasion of ants, or microbes, or a disruptive, divisive, myopic political movement. As with such forward seeking rebels as Henry Threadgill, Anthony Braxton, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson and Yoko Ono, Richards' modus operandi is chiseled in the very foundations of the music itself. Never ...

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A tribute to Gary Peacock

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This show is a tribute to the great double bassist Gary Peacock who passed in September this year. With a remarkable career, Gary's legacy is a discography featuring some of the key moments in jazz history. The list of musicians he has played with is impressive but I've focused on his ground breaking work with Keith Jarrett, Marc Copland and Paul Bley for this show along with some examples of his work as a leader. Playlist Gary Peacock ...

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Jason Robinson: Harmonic Constituent

Read "Harmonic Constituent" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you've ever visited Mendocino County you would have a head start to appreciate saxophonist Jason Robinson's Harmonic Constituent. His week-long retreat to this magnificent Northern California coast inspired this ambitious and diverse recording. Robinson, a musical omnivore previously recorded with the quartet Cosmologic, his Henry Threadgill inspired Janus Ensemble, in duos with Anthony Davis and Eric Hofbauer, and in electro-acoustic settings, to name just a few of his diverse interests. Robinson's quartet here includes pianist Joshua White ...

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Sting: An English (Jazz-)Man In New York - Part 2

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Although Sting is mostly known for his solo career and, before that, for fronting one of the most epic band of all times, The Police, his love for jazz has been a common thread throughout his career. His jazz sensibility became more prominent when he started his solo career with the album The Dream of the Blue Turtles and a band of young heavy weights from the New York jazz scene of the time, Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, Darryl Jones ...


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