by Shannon J. Effinger
If you trace the careers of many of today's jazz artists, you'll discover that they all converge around one man--trumpeter Marcus Belgrave. He gave Karriem Riggins his very first drum set. Ray Parker, Jr. got his first gig thanks to him. He even took a then 15- year-old James Carter to Europe for the first time. And throughout the years, Belgrave has continued to give so much to jazz because he himself learned from many of the originators of this ...read more
by Jim Santella
Like the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and the Air Force's flying Thunderbirds, this ensemble has a hole" in it where Lawrence G. Williams would comfortably fit his drum set into motion. Sadly, Williams has passed on.
As a duo tribute to their friend by trumpeter Marcus Belgrave and guitarist Michéle Ramo, The Song is You carries with it considerable emotion and pure, heartfelt memories. Gentle timbres from both instruments translate into a lovely ballad album based ...read more