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Paul Carlon Octet: Roots Propaganda

Read "Roots Propaganda" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


"I am interested in combining all roots music," explains saxophonist, bandleader, composer, and educator Paul Carlon. “Not necessarily to make a point, but because I love it all. So I'm trying to take these disparate elements and put them into a jazz context." Carlon continues, “That was the idea behind Roots Propaganda. We need some propaganda for this kind of music."

“This kind of music" boasts a uniquely powerful and genuine Afro-Cuban spirit thanks to its percussive rhythms, ...

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The Paul Carlon Octet: Roots Propaganda

Read "Roots Propaganda" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


For his sophomore effort as a leader, multi-reed player Paul Carlon has found quite an interesting project. Roots Propaganda retains most of the musicians from his debut, Other Tongues (Deep Tone, 2006), and also the impression that each track represents a totally different shade of Latin jazz. Although only two albums have been released, the octet has been playing together for the past six years.

Carlon explains the meaning of the title Roots Propaganda in the ...

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Album Review

Paul Carlon: Other Tongues

Read "Other Tongues" reviewed by Budd Kopman


If you are at all into Latin music in all of its rhythmic diversity, and furthermore like the fusion of that music with jazz, then you'll find saxophonist/composer Paul Carlon's Other Tongues to be a kick-ass album that will keep you moving from beginning to end while engaging the mind. To someone who values the endless surprises that jazz can bring, Latin rhythms, which, after all are names for patterns, can begin to grate from the sheer ...

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Take Five With Paul Carlon

Read "Take Five With Paul Carlon" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Paul Carlon: Saxophonist and composer Paul Carlon has been active on the New York City jazz and Latin jazz scenes for fifteen years, having performed with and/or composed for James Hurt, Phil Bowler and Pocket Jungle, the Jason Lindner Big Band, Juan Pablo Torres, Harvie S, Grupo los Santos, Rumbatap Dance Company, the Ileana SantamarÃa Orchestra, Swingadelic, Sonido Isleo, Gary Morgan's Panamericana, Clave y Guaguanco and Phil Woods.Paul recorded with JP Torres on his all-star CD Together ...

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The Paul Carlon Octet: Other Tongues

Read "Other Tongues" reviewed by Elliott Simon


Taking exceptional advantage of the octet format, tenor saxophonist Paul Carlon's sophomore effort as a leader, Other Tongues, presents his wide-ranging compositional skills in the context of a lively, Latin-based showcase. Rhumba-tap dancer Max Pollak adds additional rhythmic spice; the exceptional vocal stylings of Ileana Santamaria lend a beauty to this otherwise fairly muscular presentation. Carlon has arranged many of these pieces to highlight the powerful brass voicings that two saxophones, a trumpet and two trombones can produce. A very ...

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The Paul Carlon Octet: Other Tongues

Read "Other Tongues" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


Paul Carlon's first recording as a leader of his own octet is a deceptive and intruiging portrait, as well as a highly listenable excursion into the world of the many shades of Latin jazz. Originally from upstate New York, Carlon graduated from Cornell University with a degree in English Literature in 1991 but was determined to make his mark in New York's musical world. Since then he has travelled all over the US and the Caribbean, working with a wide ...

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The Paul Carlon Octet: Other Tongues

Read "Other Tongues" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


On two-thirds of this masterful debut from tenor saxophonist/flutist Paul Carlon and his octet, things get deep into world rhythms, with Afro-Cuban grooves, some rhumba, a bit of cha cha, some Latin-infused Ellingtonian swing and Yoruban chants, Cuban timba, Colombian porro and Max Pollack's rumbatap (on “Rumbatapestry"), along with gorgeously lilting vocals by Ileana Santamaria (daughter of Cuban percussionist Ramon “Mongo" Santamaria) on “Rumbatapestry" and “Smada."But they also bring things up from the Caribbean with “Street Beat," featuring ...


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