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Jon Cowherd Quartet: featuring Steve Cardenas, Tony Scherr and Brian Blade: Gateway

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Pianist/keyboardist Jon Cowherd has been a regular member of the Brian Blade Fellowship through its four releases dating back to the group's self-titled debut in 1998 (Blue Note Records). He has recorded with Cassandra Wilson, Lizz Wright and Myron Walden (also of Fellowship) as well, but the Kentucky native has a background that extends to country (Rosanne Cash), folk rock (Marc Cohn), and punk (Iggy Pop). The latter contribution--to be clear--was not Mr. Pop's typical outing as it employed brass ...

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Jon Cowherd: Mercy

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It's always difficult for an artist who has become so intimately associated with a group--especially if he or she has been a significant compositional contributor--to build a separate identity outside of that group. It might be one of the reasons that Pat Metheny Group keyboardist Lyle Mays--who not only contributed compositions of his own, but also co-wrote some of the group's most well-known and well-loved material--has released so few recordings under his own name. Pianist/keyboardist Jon Cowherd is ...

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Jon Cowherd: Mercy, Mercy Me

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There's more to pianist Jon Cowherd than meets the eye. Best known for his fifteen-year tenure in the Brian Blade Fellowship--with whom he has recorded four outstanding albums--Cowherd has also played and recorded with singers such as Rosanne Cash, Cassandra Wilson, Iggy Pop and Joni Mitchell. Though he's led his own small groups in New York for years he's only now stepping out with his recorded debut as leader. The music on Mercy (Self Produced, 2013) was recorded ...

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Jon Cowherd: Mercy

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Pianist/keyboard player Jon Cowherd is best known for his association with drummer Brian Blade's Fellowship--a group he co-founded in 1998--but as a producer and arranger too, there are clearly other strings to his bow. Cowherd's keyboard collaborations with jazz, country and rock artists including singers Cassandra Wilson, Rosanne Cash and Iggy Pop, point to his versatility, so it's maybe something of a surprise that his debut as leader, firmly rooted in the jazz idiom, is so stylistically homogenous. Heavyweights Blade, ...


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