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Steve Colson: Doing Jazz Justice

Read "Steve Colson: Doing Jazz Justice" reviewed by Gordon Marshall


As well as being a great music educator, Steve Colson is one of the most versatile jazz pianists of the last forty years, with a grasp of idioms ranging from swing to free, and from European romanticism to new music. What's more, he is a master of compression, incorporating these sources into solos and compositions with the balance of a fine blended coffee. Colson has never been one to trumpet his own achievements, nor is he ...

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Album Review

Steve Colson: The Untarnished Dream

Read "The Untarnished Dream" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes


The embracing of jazz tradition while simultaneously reinterpreting is pianist Adegoke Steve Colson's pedigree and he continues to enrich us with every challenging note. The Untarnished Dream is more than a standard jazz trio session. With bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Andrew Cyrille as fellow standard bearers, Colson vividly interprets several original tunes he has composed throughout his distinguished (if somewhat overlooked) career. Colson's writing skills and the trio's musical excellence are on display immediately. The cleverly ...

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The Power in Music

Read "The Power in Music" reviewed by Steve Colson


Toward the end of last year, the National Endowment for the Arts published results of its study on Public Participation in the Arts. One finding is that over a six-year period, less than 8% of Americans attended jazz events. So annually, out of some 300 million Americans, less than 2,500,000 attend jazz clubs, concerts and festivals and even those numbers may be dwindling. American popular culture has become primarily commercial, often putting the mind in a passive ...


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