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Steve Slagle: Dedication

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Steve Slagle is one of those players that's often overlooked yet hard to forget. Why this sixty-five-year-old saxophonist who's constantly bringing energy and a spirit of exploration to the fore doesn't get the ink or marquees that come to his musical peers ten years his senior or several decades his junior is something of a head-scratcher. If you've seen him as a sideman, encountered him co-leading a band with guitarist Dave Stryker, checked out his duo work with pianist Bill ...

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Steve Slagle: Alto Manhattan

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Alto Manhattan is Latino for the New York City neighborhood “upper Manhattan" (or “the heights"). It's also where veteran alto saxophonist/flutist Steve Slagle lives, making for a nice bit of wordplay in the album title. This is a well-balanced program, with just a bit more Latin tinge than average. “Family" launches the set with Latin-flavored hard bop, featuring fiery interplay between Slagle's alto sax and guest Joe Lovano's tenor sax (guest conga player Roman Diaz also makes his first appearance). ...

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Steve Slagle: Alto Manhattan

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Alto Manhattan is a confident and intelligent follow-up to saxophonist Steve Slagle's 2012 album Evensong. Kicking-off with a blues head (but with a twist) “Family" is a no-nonsense stormer benefitting from guests Joe Lovano on tenor sax and Roman Diaz on congas and some good tenor / alto “jousting" towards the end of the track. “Alto Manhattan" is Latino for the NYC area in which Steve lives, otherwise known as Upper Manhattan or The Heights. Here it's represented by a ...

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Steve Slagle & Bill O'Connell: The Power Of Two

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The initial impetus behind the creation of this recording was the passing of Kenny Drew Jr., an exceptional and underappreciated pianist who saxophonist Steve Slagle worked with, both in the Mingus Big Band and on one of his own leader dates--Reincarnation (SteepleChase, 1994). On the day his friend passed, Slagle penned “KD JR.," later sending it to Bill O'Connell, another of his piano-playing colleagues. That got the ball rolling for this, the first duo date in Slagle's discography.

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Steve Slagle: Evensong

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Saxophonist Steve Slagle is a consummate leader often pegged as a sideman; with a résumé that includes stints with big band legends like Woody Herman and Lionel Hampton, left-of-center trailblazers like pianist Carla Bley, Latin giants like Ray Barretto and modern day marvels like tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, it's easy to see why some people may look at him as a side dish, but outings under his own name mark him as main course material. His outstanding ...

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Steve Slagle: Scenes, Songs & Solos - A Composition and Improvisation Workbook for the Creative Musician

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Scenes, Songs & Solos: A Composition and Improvisation Workbook for the Creative MusicianSteve SlaglePaperback; 139 pagesISBN: 97819361822882Schaffner Press2011 There's no substitute for experience in the world of jazz, and saxophonist Steve Slagle has experience in spades. Slagle has been putting his horn to good use, working with the likes of bassist Charlie Haden, saxophonist Joe Lovano, pianist Carla Bley, the Mingus Big Band, and many others over ...

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Steve Slagle at The Turning Point Café

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Steve Slagle The Turning Point Café Piermont, NY July 21, 2008

Tenor and soprano saxophonist John Richmond’s knack for matching distinguished guest soloists and stimulating house rhythm sections is one of the salient characteristics of the Turning Point Café’s jazz series. For the venue located only thirty-five miles from New York City in Piermont, NY, Richmond draws on a large pool of experienced players who are hungry to blow with their peers. Alto saxophonist/flutist ...

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Stryker/Slagle Band at Goat Cafe

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Stryker/Slagle Band The Goat Café South Orange, NJ June 23, 2006

Jazz guitarist Dave Stryker and alto saxophonist Steve Slagle have been playing together for 20 years. That's longer than most marriages, and possibly better than most because of the extraordinary telepathy that drives their collaborations.

On June 23 at The Goat Café in South Orange, NJ, an enthusiastic audience sprinkled with musicians and industry people was treated to a last-minute warmup ...

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Dave Stryker and Steve Slagle: The Stryker/Slagle Band

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The Stryker/Slagle Band documents a working group that finally made it into the studio to preserve its unique sound. Dave Stryker and Steve Slagle have been performing together in several contexts since 1986, including performing on each other's recordings. This is the first time the two musicians co-lead a date. Stryker, Slagle, and drummer Tim Horner provide seven original compositions for this recording. All of the pieces are wedged deep in the contemporary/post bop vein, full of craggy complex heads ...


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