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Album Review

Watters / Felts Project: Watters / Felts Project

Read "Watters / Felts Project" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On The Watters / Felts Project, Ken Watters, a fine trumpeter, and his quintet are confined for the most part to escorting singer Ingrid Felts as she wends her way through five present-day compositions, Billie Holiday's “Fine and Mellow" and the standard “I'll Be Seeing You." Is it a good idea? That depends in part on one's response to Felts' casual, blues-based vocal style. The opinion here is that her performance is for the most part adequate but no more ...

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Take Five With Ken Watters

Read "Take Five With Ken Watters" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Ken Watters:Atlanta-based trumpeter Ken Watters has performed, toured, or recorded with Frank Sinatra, Marc Anthony, Natalie Cole, Mingus Big Band, Kelis, Gregg Allman, Bonnie Bramlett, Chris Potter, Harry Connick Jr., Reuben Studdard, Eartha Kitt, The Fifth Dimension, Angela & Zack Hacker, Petula Clarke, Tabou Combo, Steel Pulse, Marilyn McCoo, Phyllis Diller, Dave Holland, The Muscle Shoals Horns, and is house trumpeter for high-profile R&B producer Dallas Austin, among many other credits.Ken is a SESAC-affiliated jazz ...

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Interview

An Interview With Ken Watters

Read "An Interview With Ken Watters" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Few debut recordings are capable of generating justifiable and genuine excitement amongst jazz enthusiasts. However, the collaborative release by Ken and Harry Watters, the suitably entitled Brothers (Summit Records), would appear to be one of those recordings. Since it's release earlier this year, Brothers has drawn an unusual degree of attention from AAJ contributors. Unusual not only for the amount of coverage (four reviews, and a biographical sketch in the March edition) but also for the universally positive ...

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Album Review

The Ken Watters Group: Southern Exposure

Read "Southern Exposure" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Southern Exposure is trumpeter Ken Watters' first recording for Summit without his brother, trombonist Harry, in the starting lineup, but Ken has found an able replacement on the front line in friend and former Big Apple roommate Joel Frahm. Frahm is a fast""rising post""bop saxophonist, and it's a pity he's not used more often; as it is, he's heard only on Watters' compositions “April Third (tenor) and “Pathfinder (soprano) and the Allman Brothers' “Jessica (again on soprano). Watters makes up ...

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Album Review

Ken Watters Group: Southern Exposure

Read "Southern Exposure" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Sans Brother Harry, Trumpeter Ken Watters steps out with his working quartet and burns his way through a collection of originals, standards, and some surprises.

After two recordings with trombonist brother Harry, Trumpeter Ken Watters brings his working quartet into the studio, where he produces his strongest musical statement yet. The previous Watters' offerings, Brothers (Summit 234) and Brothers II (Summit 266), made with brother Harry, revealed Ken Watters as a composer and arranger of great depth, breadth, and sense ...

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Album Review

Ken Watters Group: Southern Exposure

Read "Southern Exposure" reviewed by Dave Nathan


P>Ken Watters third album for Summit is with his regular working quartet and provides a play list of standards , jazz tunes, including a couple of originals, and rock stuff adapted for a small jazz group. The result is a mixed bag in terms of the effect upon the ear. A quiet introspective “Fire & Rain" makes this song sound better than it should with lovely back and forth between Watters and David Marlow's piano along with Jay Frederick's shuffling ...

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Album Review

Ken Watters Group: Southern Exposure

Read "Southern Exposure" reviewed by Jim Santella


If you were expecting “Way Down upon the Swanee River," forget it. Like his first two albums with brother Harry, trumpeter Ken Watters has put together a session of post-bop material that reflects his New York City dues-payin' background.

Watters is from Alabama. This same quartet appeared on last year's Brothers II (Summit), with trombonist Harry Watters. A cohesive unit, this is Ken Watters' working group. They interpret each piece with an in-depth understanding. Watters, who plays flugelhorn on half ...


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