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Devin Gray, Jakob Bro Trio and More

Read "Devin Gray, Jakob Bro Trio and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode of One Man's Jazz is in its usual global mode with new releases from Portugal's José Lencastre and his Nau Quartet, the Jakob Bro Trio, Medeski Martin & Wood, Devin Gray, France's Stéphane Kerecki Quartet and Bruno Tocanne, Norway's Anders Lønne Grønseth, Earthflow and the Gondwana Orchestra (with Dwight Trible) from England, and the Walking Distance Quartet. Plus a small tribute to the great pianist, Randy Weston, who passed away in September. Playlist Adam Hopkins ...

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Devin Gray: Dirigo Rataplan II

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Dirigo Rataplan is a group led by drummer Devin Gray that contains three outstanding musicians with Baltimore ties, saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, trumpeter Dave Ballou and bassist Michael Formanek. They first recorded in 2012, and six years later they have released a followup CD, Dirigo Rataplan II, with a rambunctious inside-outside style that is based on strong melodies and rhythms but still allows plenty of room for fiery improvisation. Several of the tracks are built around heavy rumbling bass ...

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RelativE ResonancE: RelativE ResonancE

Read "RelativE ResonancE" reviewed by Dave Wayne

The music of drummer and composer Devin Gray traverses terrains that will be familiar to those who've investigated artists such as Tyshawn Sorey and Steve Lehman. As complex and highly structured as Gray's music can be, there's a palpable human warmth throughout Relative Resonance which makes the music--in spite of its ultra-busy, highly demanding nature--kind of easy on the ears. This was also a hallmark of Gray's excellent debut recording, Dirigo Rataplan (Skirl Records, 2012). While some of the pieces--"Jungle ...

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RelativE ResonancE: RelativE ResonancE

Read "RelativE ResonancE" reviewed by Budd Kopman

With RelativE ResonancE, composer and drummer Devin Gray has staked out new, exciting and different territory than that explored in his highly acclaimed previous album, Dirigo Rataplan. Whereas the earlier band (saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, trumpeter Dave Ballou and bassist Michael Formanek) emphasized improvisation within group and compositional boundaries, the music for the new group (Chris Speed, saxophone and clarinet, pianist Kris Davis and bassist Chris Tordini) is both a natural reflection of Gray and could be said to ...

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Devin Gray: Dirigo Rataplan

Read "Dirigo Rataplan" reviewed by Dave Wayne

In today's crowded jazz market, it's an achievement to come up with a signature group sound. And yet, this is just one of the wonderful things immediately apparent on Devin Gray's Dirigo Rataplan. An amazing percussionist, Gray's stunningly detailed playing sounds like a cross between Fritz Hauser and Roy Haynes.He flashes some serious compositional chops as well. Dirigo Rataplan is comprised of eight bright, restless originals that are complex and intimate, brainy and engaging, and occasionally a bit ...

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Devin Gray: Dirigo Rataplan

Read "Dirigo Rataplan" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Devin Gray is only 28 years old but, in his case, age does not mean much. Already, in his debut as a leader, this Brooklyn-based drummer proves himself a mature and resourceful composer and promising band leader, one who can lead any outfit with the energy and colors produced from his drum set, as the Latin-French title of this album suggests. And he knows to how to enlist perfect collaborators to realize his musical vision--masterful, experienced leaders in their own ...

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Devin Gray: Dirigo Rataplan

Read "Dirigo Rataplan" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Despite his youth, drummer Devin Gray has built an impressive resume and a well- deserved reputation as both an improviser and instrumentalist. His first CD as a leader, Dirigo Rataplan shows that he is not a slouch in the composition or bandleader department either. The record's title, loosely translated from Latin and French, means leading from the beat, and Gray's unique approach to the drum-set allows him to do just that--not an easy feat given the august ...


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