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Ian Hendrickson-Smith: The Lowdown

Read "The Lowdown" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Those who thought that the re-emergence of vinyl records might be a passing fad as a saleable medium in this era of CDs, streaming and MP3 downloads, are proving to be wrong. The latest sales figures produced by RIAA for the first half of this year show vinyl sales at $232 million compared to CD sales at $130 million. This is the the first time in 34 years that this happened.So with the wind in his sales (sic), ...


Multiple Reviews

Ian Hendrickson-Smith: Presenting & Blues in the Basement

Read "Ian Hendrickson-Smith: Presenting & Blues in the Basement" reviewed by Ivana Ng

Night Crawlers Presenting Cellar Live 2007 Ian Hendrickson-Smith Blues in the Basement Cellar Live 2007

With the dog days approaching, Presenting captures the cool, refreshing atmosphere of The Cellar Jazz Club. The Night Crawlers recorded at the Vancouver venue in order to capture the raw feel of a live performance, a ...


Album Review

Ian Hendrickson-Smith: Still Smokin'

Read "Still Smokin'" reviewed by Peter Aaron

As with his fellow neo-bopper, tenorist Eric Alexander, New Orleans-bred alto man Ian Hendrickson-Smith isn't exactly breaking acres of new ground stylistically. But like Alexander, he remains an unquestionable master of the genre; at a mere 31 years of age, Hendrickson-Smith, who doubles on flute, is the possessor of a world-weary, tender tone many players his senior would kill for (the soft caress of Art Pepper comes to mind.) For the most part, Still Smokin', Hendrickson-Smith's second ...


Multiple Reviews

Ian Hendrickson-Smith: Smokin' at Smoke

Read "Ian Hendrickson-Smith: Smokin' at Smoke" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Live recordings tend to be from established leaders who are either stretching out previously released studio performances or making a new statement. However, the young altoist, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, has not only chosen to debut as a leader through a live recording but has also continued in this vein for his sophomore offering. A regular at NYC's club Smoke, Hendrickson-Smith initially weighed in with last year's Up in Smoke and has just released Still Smokin' , both hour long sets recorded ...


Extended Analysis

Ian Hendrickson-Smith: Still Smokin'

Read "Ian Hendrickson-Smith: Still Smokin'" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Ian Hendrickson-Smith Still Smokin' Sharp Nine Records 2004

Ian Hendrickson-Smith's second live recording for Sharp Nine Records is an excellent showcase for his burgeoning talents as a bandleader and soloist. The thirty-one year old alto saxophonist (who doubles on flute on one track) is proficient at programming a set, arranges material in novel ways, gets the most out of an excellent band, and evinces an approach to the instrument that sounds both fresh and ...


Album Review

Ian Hendrickson-Smith: Up In Smoke!

Read "Up In Smoke!" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Ian Hendrickson-Smith’s impressive debut on Sharp Nine possesses qualities that are rare in the inaugural recordings of young leaders. A convincing bebop-oriented player who sustains the hour-long live set without the benefit of a front line partner, the twenty-nine year old alto saxophonist knows when to take the horn out of his mouth. He has a way of making a song sound meaningful in itself, rather than just a springboard to extended improvisation. Mindful of an excellent rhythm section (spearheaded ...


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