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Shawn Baltazor: Lionsong

Read "Lionsong" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

It's difficult to resist the temptation to praise Shawn Baltazor's startling, diverse, incisive, multifaceted drumming at the expense of his equally impressive abilities as a composer and bandleader. Baltazor is one of the legions of young, gifted New York City area artists whose catholic tastes in music are transformed into idiosyncratic, open-ended methodologies, which ultimately engender sounds that stand on their own and resist being shoved into conventional categories.Throughout the twelve tracks of Lionsong, his stunning debut as ...

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Shawn Baltazor: Lionsong

Read "Lionsong" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Never judge an album by its title. That parallel to the book-and-cover adage is worth remembering, as you can never truly know what sits beyond a name or an idea until you give something a listen. Take Lionsong, for example. The roar and thunder that one might associate with the most majestic of wildcats is a far cry from much of the music that greets the ears on this protean production from drummer-composer Shawn Baltazor. Everything from dream sequences with ...

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Shawn Baltazor New York, NY September 17, 2011

Read "Shawn Baltazor  New York, NY  September 17, 2011" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Shawn Baltazor Quartet:New York, NYSeptember 17, 2011 It's always night time at Smalls. Thirty minutes prior to a Saturday afternoon showcase of drummer Shawn Baltazor's Quartet, the basement club was a virtual world of its own, devoid of natural light and removed from the hustle and bustle of the West Village. Operating seven days a week, ten to twelve hours a day, Smalls is a no frills environment ideally suited to serious performance and equally serious listening. ...

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Introducing Shawn Baltazor

Read "Introducing Shawn Baltazor" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Forty-five minutes prior to New Tricks' opening set, Shawn Baltazor began to tote his drum kit from a parking space down the street from Trumpets Jazz Club. Four drums were neatly stacked and secured to a rolling luggage carrier. An oversized sack contained bulky metal hardware and miscellaneous equipment. A cymbal bag with a shoulder strap completed the load. Despite the weight and mass, Baltazor cheerfully refused help on the fifty yard trek, explaining with a smile that it's all ...


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