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Rudy Royston's Flatbed Buggy

Read "Rudy Royston's Flatbed Buggy" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Rudy Royston's latest project, Flatbed Buggy (Greenleaf Music), is an expertly crafted, chamber-like jazz ensemble with musical influences that range from blues and Americana to rock and gospel. Featuring a stellar line-up with Hank Roberts on cello, John Ellis on woodwinds, Gary Versace on accordion and Joe Martin on bass, the music of this project is dusty and airy, groovy and swinging, evoking countryside images and outdoor freshness. A lover of all genres of music, Royston continues to ...

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Rudy Royston, Wojciech Jachna and More

Read "Rudy Royston, Wojciech Jachna and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week the featured album is the new release by Rudy Royston, and we focus on Polish trumpet maestro Wojciech Jachna. In between a varied selection of different genres from the wide World of Jazz. Playlist Rudy Royston “Soul Train" from Flatbed Buggy (Greenleaf) 00:00 Valerio Pontrandolfo & Harold Mabern Trio “Twenty" from Are You Sirius? (Associazione In Jazz We Trust) 10:46 Jon Irabagon “Quintessential Kitten" from It Takes All Kinds (Jazzwerkstatt) 15:09 Nicole Mitchell Indigo Trio “Thankfulness" ...

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Rudy Royston: Flatbed Buggy

Read "Flatbed Buggy" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A veteran rhythm-man whose long list of credits includes work with Bill Frisell and Dave Douglas, Rudy Royston already had a couple releases on Douglas's Greenleaf Music label (303, from 2014, and Rise of Orion (2016), and now Flatbed Buggy continues this promising track record with a winsome set of music that manages to pull off the difficult trick of sounding simultaneously earthy and refined. Royston intended the music to capture memories of summers spent with his father ...

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Rudy Royston Trio: Rise Of Orion

Read "Rise Of Orion" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The visceral style of drummer Rudy Royston was considerably toned down on his leader debut 303 (Greenleaf, 2014), a septet outing where the drummer often worked within the context of an ensemble player. Pared down to a trio formation for Rise Of Orion, Royston retains the services of the ubiquitous saxophonist Jon Irabagon and bassist Yasushi Nakamura from his original group. Without a chordal instrument, and in this more intimate setting, Royston is free to unleash his more forceful side.

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Rudy Royston Trio: Rise Of Orion

Read "Rise Of Orion" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

303 (Greenleaf Music, 2014) was the debut we were waiting for from drummer extraordinaire Rudy Royston, but it wasn't necessarily the debut we were expecting. Instead of playing the chops-and-brawn card that he always holds somewhere in his hand, Royston took a more thoughtful approach. He wowed with multidimensional maneuvers instead of brute force, using a uniquely patterned septet to good advantage. This follow-up date is more in line with the expectations that were defied on 303, but it's hardly ...

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Rudy Royston: 303

Read "303" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Rudy Royston's actions speak louder than his words. Royston oozed modesty, comfort and a touch of humor when he addressed the audience at a pre-release show for 303 during New York's Winter Jazzfest, but he gave off a much different sense of himself when he put sticks to skins during that same set. One minute he was delivering low-key, in-the-pocket grooves that had heads bobbing in the affirmative, and the next he was creating a percussive maelstrom that tore ...


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