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Julien & John: Just The Way We Are

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Not to be confused with the Julian and John duo of Bream and Williams fame, Julien and John are Julien Colarossi and John Keogh, two fine guitarists in their own right. This is the Dublin duo's second release, eighteen months on from Street Life (Self-Produced, 2016). Like their debut recording, Just The Way We Are sees the duo trawl the pop charts for inspiration for its acoustic instrumentals, drawing from the 1960s until the present day. The greater vibrancy on ...


Mary LaRose: Reincarnation

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The best stories are, indeed, the one's you already know. Told over- and-over again, each time a little different. That's comfort food for the ears. Enter vocalist Mary LaRose, recounting the music of Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy, and Ornette Coleman with lyrics she penned and performed as a sympathetic partner to these jazz giants. The singer has visited some of this music before, recording Coleman's “Broken Shadows" and some Mingus on her disc Cutting The Chord (Leadhead Productions, ...


All About Sonny

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I bet you thought I meant Sonny Rollins. When you hear the name Sonny, it's usually synonymous with Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Sonny Fortune or even Sonny Sharrock; all of them jazz heroes. But there is a Sonny you probably have never heard of before who is a super hero.Who is he? His name is Sonny LaRosa. He is an 87 year-old retired jazz trumpeter who lives in Florida and has done more for jazz than anyone I ...


Julien Colarossi: Note to Self

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Since moving to Ireland in 2007, Italian guitarist Julien Colarossi has established himself as one of the busiest hands for hire on the Dublin jazz/contemporary music scene. He can be found in the band of singers Riona Sally Hartman and Edel Meade, and in the quintet Phisqa, whose eponymous debut fuses Peruvian rhythms--courtesy of drummer Cote Calmet--with modern jazz. He's a member of the 17-piece Hot House Big Band and also plays in Colours Afrobeat Foundation. Colarossi's debut as leader ...


Sonny LaRosa and the World's Youngest Jazz Band: 28th Anniversary

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Nearly thirty years ago, trumpeter Sonny LaRosa, a transplanted New Yorker living in Florida, decided to use some of his spare time to do something productive. Gathering around him a handful of young wannabe musicians, the former professional trumpeter established America's Youngest Jazz Band, which has been growing in size and talent ever since. The band, whose upper age limit is thirteen, has recorded a number of CDs, with the aptly-titled 28th Anniversary marking its 28th year and the indefatigable ...


South Africa: Pop for a Rainy Day

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South Africa may be best known in the rest of the world for its significant jazz and gospel output, but it's also home to a burgeoning pop scene which merges kwaito (a homegrown techno/hip-hop/house hybrid) with various roots and international influences. These two records exemplify the modern sounds of urban South Africa, a place where restless expansion never gets in the way of having a good time. Out on the dance floor, or inside at home on a rainy day.


Aros: Train Song

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It might be highly civilized, but Train Song is so unassuming that it never crosses the line into pretense. That's important with music this serious, and it's not to be taken for granted. Aros is an Amsterdam-based sextet co-led by Canadian tenor player Rob Armus and Austrian pianist Marion von Tilzer, and this is the group's second release after a self-titled debut on BVHaast in 2001. Train Song capitalizes on the talents of the group, which include an urbane sophistication ...


Sonny LaRosa and America's Youngest Jazz Band: Live at the March of Jazz 2002

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How does one review the debut album by Sonny LaRosa and America's Youngest Jazz Band (which, by the way, is no exaggeration)? It's not enough merely for the reviewer to observe that it leaves him grinning from ear to ear. He must also describe the music. But would that be fair to the musicians or their audience? What standard should be applied to performers whose average age is less than eleven with an “upper limit" of twelve? This ain't Basie, ...


Suthukazi Arosi: uBuntu

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Mythical characters arise out of the aspirations and fears of people and such figures end up conforming the dreamy inroads of inspiration into music. On the cover of uBuntu appears a warrior-like personage that could very well sing her way into the pantheon of ancestral spirits that reigns, according to many honorable local traditions, over African music. Behold composer, lyricist and singer Suthukazi Arosi. It is hoped that her dark knobkerrie will not hit you in the head, like the ...