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Bill Carrothers: Red Planet

Read "Red Planet" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Since the '80s, Michigan pianist Bill Carrothers has inventively and tirelessly fashioned himself an enviable discography, which includes 2008's Home Row (Pirouet Records, 2008) with Gary Peacock and Bill Stewart and 2010's tribute to revered trumpeter Clifford Brown Joy Spring (Pirouet Records, 2010 ). A critical fave on the touring circuit, he's highlighted gigs the world over, with Birdland, Europe's Rising Star Tour, and the Montreal Jazz Fest among many highlights. His post-bop style has shared the stage with the ...

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Bill Carrothers: Family Life

Read "Family Life" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Pianist Bill Carrothers gets personal in Family Life. Entering the stream of Americana flowing straight down the middle of jazz, Carrothers produces his Kinderszenen (1838) after German composer Robert Schumann, or, at the very least, his Woodland Sketches (1896) after American composer Edward MacDowell. Family Life is is a carefully constructed set of musical miniatures capturing a national essence, that indefinable thing that made Aaron Copland Aaron Copland, George Gershwin George Gershwin, Duke Ellington Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk Thelonious ...

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Bill Carrothers: Family Life

Read "Family Life" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Minnesota-born pianist Bill Carrothers made the seemingly obligatory to pilgrimage to New York and spent five years there, doing the hustle and hang for work. That's how it's done in the jazz world. Or not. After five unhappy years in the Big Apple, Carrothers packed up his piano and moved to Michigan's Upper Peninsula--not exactly a jazz-centric locale--to resume a life more serene and start a family.Family Life, a solo piano offering, finds Carrothers in a mostly tranquil ...

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Bill Carrothers: Family Life

Read "Family Life" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Nostalgia, if overused, can be a dangerous drug but, when the dosage is just right, it can serve as a wonderful gateway into an artist's personalized realm. Such is the case with pianist Bill Carrothers' Family Life. Carrothers broke his trio recording habit, which is well-documented on his prior Pirouet releases, and sat down all by his lonesome to produce this pianistic trip down memory lane. While no single mood or ideal defines this work, Carrothers often ...

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Bill Carrothers Trio: A Night at the Village Vanguard

Read "Bill Carrothers Trio: A Night at the Village Vanguard" reviewed by Warren Allen

Bill Carrothers Trio A Night At The Village Vanguard Pirouet Records 2011 Pianist Bill Carrothers could not have picked a better venue to cut a trio recording in. Whether it's the inimitable acoustics of the Village Vanguard, or simply the sheer number of essential records cut there over the decades shaping listeners' ears, recordings made at the Greenwich Village cathedral with the red awning somehow sound an extra bit more like jazz. That ineffable ...

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Bill Carrothers Trio: A Night At the Village Vanguard

Read "A Night At the Village Vanguard" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The sonic character of New York City's Village Vanguard is one of sound as memory. There is a pillow of pungent warmth and familiarity surrounding the sounds captured that can be heard on the early recordings, like Sonny Rollins' A Night At the Village Vanguard (Blue Note, 1957), Bill Evans' The Complete Village Vanguard Sessions, 1961 (Riverside, 2005), and John Coltrane's The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings (Impulse!, 1997), as well as the later recordings like Tom Harrell's Live At ...

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Bill Carrothers Trio: A Night at the Village Vanguard

Read "Bill Carrothers Trio: A Night at the Village Vanguard" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Bill Carrothers Trio A Night At The Village Vanguard Pirouet Records 2011 Maybe everything that goes down in New York's Village Vanguard should be documented. The history of live albums recorded at the legendary venue, going back to the early days, includes standout sets by pianist Bill Evans and saxophonists Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and John Coltrane. An update into the new century finds the likes of pianists Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch and Jason ...


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