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Alphonse Mouzon: In Search Of A Dream

Read "In Search Of A Dream" reviewed by Chris May

2018 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the distinguished German jazz label MPS. To mark the occasion, the label's catalogue of over 400 albums has been released on download, and a vinyl and CD remastering and reissue programme has begun. Alphonse Mouzon's In Search Of A Dream is among the first of these discs. Originally released in 1978, it was the fourth--and finest--jazz-rock set the drummer recorded for the label. During the 1970s, his ...

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Alphonse Mouzon: Virtue

Read "Virtue" reviewed by John Kelman

Digging deep into the MPS catalog for its first reissues of 2009, Promising Music revives drummer Alphonse Mouzon's Virtue, an eclectic 1977 fusion date that may have coasted towards nascent smooth jazz territory but highlights the significant difference between what that term meant then and now.

With a chorus singing “Master Funk" over the funky opening track of the same name, and Mouzon's get-down clavinet playing (he adds a wealth of keyboards in addition to those ...

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Alphonse Mouzon: From Charleston Heights to Bel Air

Read "Alphonse Mouzon:  From Charleston Heights to Bel Air" reviewed by Mikayla Gilbreath

A fleeting glance at the cover of Alphonse Mouzon's CD Jazz in Bel-Air (Tenacious, 2008) gives one the impression that Mouzon was born into wealth, “with a silver spoon in his mouth." Listening to Mouzon's compositions and performance on the CD does nothing to dispel that impression. He delivers a live performance so polished and enjoyable that it would seem almost out-of-place in anything less than a top-notch venue. The use of earlier Mouzon compositions on television shows such as ...

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Alphonse Mouzon: Love Songs and Ballads

Read "Love Songs and Ballads" reviewed by AAJ Staff

When I reviewed Alphonse Mouzon's last album entitled Turning night into day I was amazed at the line-up of stars appearing on his album, well this greatest hits album includes an array of stars which I have never seen before, just look at the list of saxophonists which have appeared on his albums. Its like a who's who of CJazz.

Alphonse has selected 15 cuts from his previous releases and added two new songs from his forthcoming Smooth ...

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Alphonse Mouzon: The Night Is Still Young

Read "The Night Is Still Young" reviewed by AAJ Staff

When I first received this autographed copy of Alphonse Mouzon's current release, I was amazed to learn that this multi-instrumentalist had no fewer than eleven solo albums to his credit. Reading the musicians on these albums is like reading the who's who of the contemporary jazz world with artists appearing such as Herbie Hancock, David Sanborn, Lee Ritenour, Stanley Clarke, Russ Freeman, Nathan East, Michael Brecker, Freddie Hubbard, Tom Scott, Ronnie Laws to namedrop with only a few of these ...


Giant Steps EP 2

Episode 2 No Respect. Kim is confronted with discrimination in jazz education while working at the Jazz Elders Foundation. Bid Daddy reams Manny for booking two singers at the same time and Mickey gets no respect in the movie business. Cast Mickey Bass, Dr. Jeff Gardere, Gregory Charles Royal, Mark 'Icewater' Gross, Paul Tafoya as 'Manny', Kimberly Singh, Zari Veres Royal and Marist Veres Royal -with James Zollar -trumpet, Bobby Lavell,- tenor sax Anthony Wonsey- piano, Mark Johnson - drums and Billy Johnson - bass.