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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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