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Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity

Read "Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity" reviewed by Paul Rauch

My task for the day was to interview legendary trombonist/composer, and jazz icon, Julian Priester. We had met a few times over my 35 years of frequenting the jazz scene in Seattle, coinciding with Priester's years teaching at the esteemed Cornish College of the Arts. In anticipation, I had spent nearly two months preparing, reacquainting myself for that which I already knew-that Julian Priester is a jazz legend that has played an amazing role in the evolution of the music. ...

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Julian Priester/Pepe Mtoto: Love, Love

Read "Love, Love" reviewed by John Kelman

With ECM's gradual reissue of titles that have previously been unavailable on CD, the label is providing an opportunity to reconnect with some of the early albums that created such remarkable brand loyalty amongst older fans. Equally, it's giving new listeners the chance to hear exactly why the label's emergence in the early '70s represented such a fresh and significant event in modern jazz, allowing the label to quickly build a reputation for diverse and uncompromising music that continues to ...

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Julian Priester

Read "Julian Priester" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Submitteed on behalf Jonathan Davidson. When you hear the name Julian Priester, you probably think of all of the amazing recordings in which the jazz trombonist participated. You may also wonder what he’s been up to in the past couple of decades. He last visited our fair city some 5 years ago. Fortunately, he will break that musical fast in a matter of weeks and, to be sure, he has been very busy over the last 25 ...

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Julian Priester: In Deep End Dance

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Since his mid-'90s recordings with Sam Rivers and Reggie Workman, trombonist Julian Priester has maintained a low profile, his voice sorely missed. Well established through his work with Sun Ra, Dave Holland, Max Roach, and Herbie Hancock, the trombonist (approaching his late 60s) seemingly has recovered fully from the liver transplant surgery he underwent in 2000. His new recording, In Deep End Dance, thankfully proves his relative silence is a thing of the past. Recorded just over 40 years after ...

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Julian Priester: In Deep End Dance

Read "In Deep End Dance" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Julian Priester has been a presence on several outstanding recordings from Dave Holland, Anthony Braxton, Sun Ra, and Booker Little--to name a few--besides playing in the bands of Duke Ellington and John Coltrane. His role as a leader has been very limited, and a new album where he leads a band of talented musicians is definitely welcome.

Priester moulds a song with craft. He leads with a slow development of the theme, almost a lazy excursion into the ...

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Julian Priester & Sam Rivers: Hints on Light and Shadow

Read "Hints on Light and Shadow" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Man vs. Machine was a common phrase or term often heard during the infancy of analog synthesizers, especially when jazz and/or classical artists decided to meld acoustic instruments with electronics. Saxophonist-composer-improviser Anthony Braxton’s infamous and often intriguing duets with synthesist Richard Teitelbaum come to mind, yet history dictates that many of these engagements in general, represented nothing other than mere experiments featuring little if any musical value. On Hints on Light and Shadow, renowned jazz luminaries – saxophonist Sam Rivers ...