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Marcus Belgrave: Preserver of Jazz

Read "Marcus Belgrave: Preserver of Jazz" reviewed 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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Marcus Belgrave & Michele Ramo: The Song is You

Read "The Song is You" reviewed 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 ...


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