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The Curtis Brothers: Algorithm

Read "Algorithm" reviewed by Troy Dostert

It says something about Art Blakey's decades-long mentorship of younger musicians that many of them continue to pay it forward, bringing into maturity a new generation of hard-boppers who are maintaining Blakey's indomitable spirit. Enter the Curtis Brothers—pianist Zaccai and bassist Luques—who have benefited enormously from the Blakey disciples they're partnered with on their latest release, Algorithm. Saxophonist Donald Harrison, trumpeter Brian Lynch and drummer Ralph Peterson all had deep roots with Blakey, and they have brought their accumulated wisdom ...

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Curtis Brothers At Scullers

Read "Curtis Brothers At Scullers" reviewed by Steve Provizer

Curtis Brothers Scullers Boston, MA February 1, 2018 Mentoring is one of the foundational elements of jazz culture; the elders teaching the young ones until the young ones are ready to establish their own identities and careers. This mentoring happens in a lot of ways. It happens by observing how an experienced jazz person dresses, carries him or herself, walks through a room, talks to an audience or handles him or herself on the bandstand. ...

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Curtis Brothers Quartet: Syzygy

Read "Syzygy" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Jazz music is constantly in a state of flux. It feeds off of new ideas and innovation to keep the music vital, and growing. The mantle is passed from generation to generation, eschewing the infective glare of pop notoriety to maintain the artistic presence that moves the music forward, now seventeen years into a new century. In jazz today, there is a groundswell of young musicians who understand this perspective, forging new paths into the future, while grounded in the ...


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