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Paul Tobey: Street Culture

Read "Street Culture" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Paul Tobey's first Arkadia CD seems to be significant in several ways.From the label's perspective, it represents an extension of its earlier documentation of and rejoicing in the music of already-established jazz musicians who lacked a recording contract-seemingly, an incomprehensible oversight. Legends like Dr. Billy Taylor, Benny Golson, Joanne Brackeen and Dave Liebman were left to their own devices for presenting their music in recorded form until Arkadia founder, Bob Karcy, perspicaciously signed them. From that solid beginning, ...

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Paul Tobey: Wayward

Read "Wayward" reviewed by Douglas Payne

Paul Tobey is that rare pianist who doesn't play so much as plot -- as a composer might. Well he should since seven of the eight tunes on the young Canadian's debut, Wayward, are his own. And they're well worth hearing. He is a masterfully musical player and a fascinating composer whose musical patterns - written and improvised - are fully fleshed points of logic that take story-like form.Obviously schooled in the classics, Tobey's swinging nature comes from ...


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