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Emmet Cohen: Masters Legacy Series Volume 4: Emmet Cohen Featuring George Coleman

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So here we are, nearly knocking on the door to February 2020, and we're listening to the second of Emmet Cohen's two entrancing, late 2019 releases: Masters Legacy Series Vol. 4 Emmet Cohen featuring George Coleman--a good harbinger for the new year. And heaven knows we could use a boatload of good harbingers these exhausting days. Pianist/prodigy Emmet Cohen loves history. Jazz history especially. Sax legend George Coleman's ever reliable and responsive affinity to the soul of things ...

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Emmet Cohen: Master Legacy Series Volume 3 Featuring Benny Golson & Albert "Tootie" Heath

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Set aside for the moment that the combined age of the elders here is 174 years. Emmet Cohen's Masters Legacy Series Volume 3 Featuring Benny Golson & Albert “Tootie" Heath is not only a mouthful of a title, but also irascibly and irrepressibly old school. It's as if Cohen, in his youthful (29) zeal and zest to translate what the masters can still impart, not only wanted to capture a generational performance but the very air these two statesmen inhabit. ...

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Blue Note 50ths, American Pianists Association Winners & More

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A light schedule of Blue Note 50th anniversaries this month: Hank Mobley's The Flip. But we missed a Thad Jones, Mel Lewis Orchestra recording (originally on Solid State but reissued on Blue Note) last month due to an error in our working discography. So, we feature album that as well. To celebrate Blue Note's 80th anniversary, we feature BN-11 from the Pete Johnson Blues Trio. The American Pianists Association held their jazz competition this spring, and we have ...

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The Emmet Cohen Trio at The Jazz Corner

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The Emmet Cohen Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island February 1-2, 2019 The Emmet Cohen Trio have been together for five years and it shows. Dynamic bassist Russell Hall from Kingston, Jamaica hummed along to the bass and ebullient, dramatic drummer Kyle Poole made up the trio. They opened near to the start of jazz with a Scott Joplin tune “Original Rags," the first of his music to be copyrighted in 1899. ...

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Emmet Cohen Trio: Dirty in Detroit

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It's very comforting to know that, in a year of intense turmoil on every possible level, firebrand pianist Emmet Cohen bookended an otherwise dire 2018 with his hotly-received Masters Legacy Series Volume 2, featuring Ron Carter, and ended the year with this palpably joyful romp Dirty In Detroit. Ready to party and blow off steam on the last night of a long tour, Dirty In Detroit was recorded live in September 2017 at Detroit's ever-hopping Dirty Dog Jazz ...

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Emmet Cohen: Master Legacy Series, Volume 2

Read "Master Legacy Series, Volume 2" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Let's not mince words. Everything you want from a great jazz trio recording -electricity, pacing, innovation, dynamic virtuosity and interplay, flights of fancy and passion -are found in great abundance on Emmet Cohen's newest Master Legacy Series Volume 2. Recorded live June, 2017 in Vancouver, B.C., pianist Cohen, featured elder and bassist extraordinaire Ron Carter and drummer Evan Sherman (who, though in his mid-20's, plays here like an old master) lock in and swing mightily. Cole Porter's “All ...

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Emmet Cohen Featuring Jimmy Cobb: Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1

Read "Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Young pianist Emmet Cohen has a reverence for the history of jazz and a deep abiding yearning to preserve the music of the masters and to this end, Cohen developed the concept of a Masters Legacy Series intended to be a collection of recordings and interviews with various living jazz icons who began their careers fifty or sixty-years-ago. Volume one celebrates and documents the music of Jimmy Cobb, arguably one of the finest drum masters of our time, and is ...


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