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Album Review

Clarence Penn & Penn Station: Monk: The Lost Files

Read "Monk: The Lost Files" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


A well-established creative paradigm exists to justify Clarence Penn & Penn Station's recording Monk: The Lost Files. “Classical" music is often considered that music, composed long ago, that has stood the test of time, remaining viable to the public in recordings and live performance. These composers of this music tend to be Europeans from the last Millennium. It is the only logical jump to include American jazz composers like Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and our focus here, Thelonious Monk as ...

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Clarence Penn: Play Penn

Read "Play Penn" reviewed by Mark F. Turner


Change is a necessary factor in the musical development of jazz musicians and listeners. It's the fuel for the creative process that expands the boundaries for this thing we call jazz music. Clarence Penn's 1997 debut recording Penn's Landing, won him critical acclaim in many jazz circles. The essence of that recording highlighted an immensely talented drummer who displayed deep skills in musical composition,arrangement, and musicianship. Penn's group for that session featured a piano-less quartet that was in many cases ...

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Album Review

Clarence Penn Quintet: Play-Penn

Read "Play-Penn" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Listening to a band rummage through a number of modern jazz styles during the course of a set is now closer to a rule than an exception. Shunning a single easily recognizable paradigm based on the music’s glorified past, many musicians embrace the vagaries of a constantly shifting artistic landscape. The best of them (quite a few, actually) inevitably stamp their own hard won personalities into a variety of modes. In the process, they also frequently manage to blur stylistic ...


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