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ALBUM REVIEW

Russ Johnson: The Headlands Suite

Read "The Headlands Suite" reviewed by Troy Dostert

One thing's certain when you listen to a Russ Johnson record: you're going to hear music made with care and craft. Johnson is a discerning composer and trumpeter, and he has a special talent for producing thoughtful compositions that possess enough fluidity and creativity to remain fresh even after repeated encounters. He's also adept at drawing from the pool of the larger artistic community of which he's part. Back when he was a vital contributor to the New York scene, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Russ Johnson: Meeting Point

Read "Meeting Point" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Trumpeter Russ Johnson has been all over the progressive jazz map. He's been an A-list performer for several years. A longtime resident of New York, he recently relocated to Chicago and has become a major contributor to its fertile improvisational scene. On this release, he utilizes the talents of the region's prominent artists who push the envelope when it comes to risk-taking and thinking outside the box. After listening to this album several times--and as anticipated--Johnson and his cohorts hit ...

INTERVIEW

Russ Johnson: Working on the Tightrope

Read "Russ Johnson: Working on the Tightrope" reviewed by Paul Olson

New York trumpet player Russ Johnson's got a substantial résumé as a sideman on projects with players like Curtis Fowlkes, Johnnie Valentino, and Jenny Scheinman, but he's perhaps best known as a co-leader with Ohad Talmor in the longstanding Other Quartet. The side projects demonstrate his astonishing versatility, sensitivity and a technique that is unsurpassed by any trumpeter working today; the Other Quartet does so as well, besides showcasing some of Johnson's fine compositions--even if Talmor writes the majority of ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Russ Johnson: Save Big

Read "Russ Johnson: Save Big" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Russ Johnson Save Big Omnitone 2005

The title of Russ Johnson's Save Big is supposed to evoke the essence of the American phrase “Save Big! in a way that is direct and to the point. What it means here in this truly wonderful and important album is this is American music; not just that jazz is American in its core, but that this is American jazz. This is not to say ...


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