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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rick Waldron: Africa

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Multi-instrumentalist Rick Waldron is one talented guy -aside from playing all the guitars, basses and keyboards on Africa he also gets in some trombone, mandolin and banjo, plus doing the composing, arranging and production. The album is not really about the music of Africa, and the title track “Africa" is not a deep musicological investigation into African roots music. It does allude to that music, however, and is but one example of very lively and happy music which ...

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Rick Waldron: Africa

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Even before a single note of Africa hits the air, the long list of instruments played by leader/composer Rick Waldron suggests that something unusual is afoot. For his fourth CD Waldron, who has chaired the music department at Everett Community College since 1990, has created a lively and intricate session that defies easy description. There's reason to expect some traditional jazz, given that Waldron earned a Master's degree in composition from North Texas State, one of the best ...

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Rick Wald 16 / NYC: Castaneda's Dreams

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Talk about flying under the radar. Saxophonist Rick Wald has been gigging around New York City for 34 years, and this is the first time I've ever heard his name, much less that of the resourceful big band he leads on Castaneda's Dreams. But if one is known by the company he (or she) keeps, Wald must surely be admired by his peers, as he has persuaded a number of the city's most active and sought-after musicians to become members ...