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Chris Washburne: Rags And Roots

Read "Rags And Roots" reviewed by James Nadal

The year 1917 stands out in music history, for that was the year of the first jazz recording, (Livery Stable Blues by Original Dixieland Jass Band) and marks the death of ragtime pianist/composer Scott Joplin. To commemorate these events, and the century that ensued, trombonist Chris Washburne takes a musical exploration back through time on Rags And Roots, revealing the connections and contributions of not only America, but Haiti, Cuba, Mexico, and Brazil, in the early development of jazz.

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Chris Washburne & The SYOTOS Band: Low Ridin'

Read "Low Ridin'" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Originals, Latin classics, and the occasional standard appear on this outfit's five previous albums, all of which were released on the Jazzheads imprint. But a new day has dawned with Low Ridin', as venerable trombonist Chris Washburne and his smoking Latin ensemble arrive at a new label--Zoho Roots--and take a new tack, delivering a program of Latin-ized Classic Rock songs. Almost all of the material presented here, save for saxophonist Ole Mathisen's “SYOTOMON," should be familiar to ...

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Chris Washburne and The SYOTOS Band: Fields Of Moons

Read "Fields Of Moons" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Keeping a band afloat in today's world is no easy feat. Keeping a band in business with a weekly jazz gig for twenty straight years borders on the impossible. Trombonist Chris Washburne has managed to make both happen, while juggling a busy performing career, studio work and teaching commitments at Columbia University, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Fields Of Moons was created to showcase the softer side of his long-lived SYOTOS Band, but the music still has ...

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Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band: Fields Of Moons

Read "Fields Of Moons" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Latin jazz is typically characterized by its passion and rhythms. For the past twenty years, trombonist Chris Washburne has been leading his SYOTOS band through the fervor and the pulse of Latin jazz. His home cooked meals are featured every week in New York City. His band, SYOTOS, has released four prior discs, the most recent being The Land Of Nod (Jazzheads, 2006). While those discs tended to be red hot burners, Fields Of Moons turns down the ...

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NYNDK: The Hunting Of The Snark

Read "The Hunting Of The Snark" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Jazz collective NYNDK's The Hunting of the Snark takes its title from a Lewis Carroll poem that inspired Norwegian composer Arne Nordheim's contemporary composition, written for the 1994 Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

Formed in 2003, the band, led by trombonist Chris Washburne, saxophonist Ole Mathisen, and pianist Soren Moller, is a transcontinental collective from New York (NY), Norway (N), and Denmark (DK). They have released two prior recordings, Nordic Disruption (2007) and their self-titled 2004 debut, both on Jazzheads. Here ...

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Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band: Land of Nod

Read "Land of Nod" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

If radio play is an accurate indicator of what people want, then the trombone is an under-appreciated, perhaps even unwanted lead instrument. Fortunately, those who play the instrument ignore such perceptions. Chris Washburne, whose musical interests cut across multiple genres, is among them. Leader of the Latin band Syotos, Washburne has been around the world, performing with such notables as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, David Byrne, Justin Timberlake, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Arturo Sandoval and ...

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Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band: Land of Nod

Read "Land of Nod" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The current political climate in the US is ripe for (and rife with) comment. Several calls have come for criticism--and with Land of Nod, Chris Washburne adds his voice to them. There are no lyrics on the recording, but the titles of his compositions and the strong message of the liner notes get the message across.

The first three tunes gather the colors of the American flag in the way Washburne sees them. And so, red, white and ...

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Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band: Land of Nod

Read "Land of Nod" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Jazz in this first decade of the 21st Century has few artists using their music to confront the prevailing political climate. Jazz as protest music is an interesting historical artifact that was part of its '60s adolescence, before the music matured into an accepted field of academic study. The jazz educational establishment is more interested in developing technique at the expense of intellectual spirit. If you empathize with any of these statements, give a listen to trombonist Chris Washburne and ...

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Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band: Land of Nod

Read "Land of Nod" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Trombonist, composer and bandleader Chris Washburne heads up a spirited band called SYOTOS, which is an acronym for “See You On The Other Side," which dates back to an expression used by him just before his successful cancer surgery to his fellow musicians.

The title of this album comes from author Jonathan Swift who, in Gulliver's Travels, coined the expression “land of nod." I thought after hearing this album that no one who listens to it will be ...

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Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band: Land of Nod

Read "Land of Nod" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Call this jazz protest CD by trombonist Chris Washburne “Latin jazz with an attitude." The phrase “Land of Nod" originated with Jonathan Swift (Gulliver's Travels) in reference to a state of slumber. As a collective whole, the American public may have undergone a collective political nodding off, though recent elections seem to offer some solace--a critical thinking jolt of mind-clearing caffeine.Sometimes you just take your inspiration where you find it. For Washburne, the State of the Union has ...

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Chris Washburne: Instrumental Activist

Read "Chris Washburne: Instrumental Activist" reviewed by Jason Crane

Trombonist, composer and educator Chris Washburne has added another title--activist. Washburne and his longtime partners, The SYOTOS Band, are making a bold political statement on their new album, Land of Nod (Jazzheads, 2006). Like all bold political statements, this one is... danceable? You read that right. Washburne manages to pack the same punch on the dance floor as always, but he's coupling it with an ideological message intended to give listeners a meaning behind the music.In September, Washburne ...


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