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Bill Easley: Business Man's Bounce

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For most of his career, tenor saxophonist Bill Easley has worked as a sideman, including sessions for the Stax label. For just his fourth CD as a leader, his band includes pianist Larry Ham, bassist Hassan JJ Shakur and the seasoned drummer Michael Carvin on selections which draw from different eras of jazz. Easley soars in his opener, “Straighten Up and Fly Right" (the Nat King Cole sermon-like hit inspired in part by his preacher father), which ...

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Bill Easley Sextet: Easley Said

Read "Easley Said" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Whether the genre is blues, rhythm & blues or hard bop, Bill Easley remains a versatile and often silent practician of musical mastery. Easley has played with Sir Roland Hanna, James Williams, Bill Mobley, Mulgrew Miller, Grady Tate, George Caldwell, Victor Gaskin and Billy Higgins among others. Unfortunately for his audience, Bill Easley has not performed very often as a leader. His preference is to remain a steady contributor in the background. “Easley Said" is his fourth outing as a ...


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