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A John Coltrane Birthday Salute by Saxophonist Teodross Avery

A John Coltrane Birthday Salute by Saxophonist Teodross Avery

In honor of John Coltrane's birthday, Teodross Avery shares an alternate take of Coltrane's “Africa". Another version appears on After the Rain: A Night for Coltrane, released on Tompkins Square in May (2019). The title track (listen here) is the #1 “Top Listened" track of 2019 on All About Jazz. The CD and LP both sold ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Teodross Avery's 'After The Rain: A Night For Coltrane' (Tompkins Square) Out Now

Teodross Avery's 'After The Rain: A Night For Coltrane' (Tompkins Square) Out Now

In the beginning there was John Coltrane. Growing up in a family that listened to a vast and global array of music, Teodross Avery experienced an epiphany at 13 when he first heard Trane’s epochal harmonic steeplechase Giant Steps. Taking up the tenor saxophone, he emerged in the mid-1990s as one of the most powerful young ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Teodross Avery: After the Rain: A Night for Coltrane

Read "After the Rain: A Night for Coltrane" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

All modern saxophonists worth their salt relate to John Coltrane in one way or another. Coltrane pushed boundaries and showed new paths in music and never stopped searching. Fortunately, new generations have been ready to take over and pick up on the lessons Coltrane taught. One of them is saxophonist Dr. Teodross Avery. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sonny Clark Trio: The 1960 Sessions with George Duvivier and Max Roach

Read "The 1960 Sessions with George Duvivier and Max Roach" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Jazz history tends to favor the great musical innovators whose stylistic leaps have formed the ever-changing vocabulary of jazz: the improvisational wonder of Louis Armstrong, the free flight of Charlie Parker, the chameleon-like transformations of Miles Davis, and the singular piano world of Thelonious Monk. For long a time, Monk, along with Bud Powell, has been ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Harvey Mandel: Snake Pit

Read "Harvey Mandel: Snake Pit" reviewed by Doug Collette

One of the major proponents of contemporary blues-rock guitar, Harvey Mandel has some impressive credentials nonetheless. Cutting his teeth in the Chicago well-spring of the blues, he collaborated with harpist Charlie Musselwhite, among others in that scene and subsequently became a pivotal member of Canned Heat around the apogee of their career, including their appearance at ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Terry Waldo - "The Soul Of Ragtime" - Out Today!

Terry Waldo - "The Soul Of Ragtime" - Out Today!

Tompkins Square has released music across many genres: Folk, gospel, jazz, blues, old-timey, British pop, American Primitive, Cajun, Greek, singer/songwriters. But this is the first Ragtime album released by the label, from perhaps the most important living artist in the genre, Terry Waldo. Terry's new album The Soul of Ragtime is the culmination of decades of ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Various Artists: Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard

Read "Various Artists: Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard" reviewed by Skip Heller

There is always complaint that American contemporary musical life is at turns either too glitzy or overly-intellectualized. Either claim is overly simplistic, neither completely wrong. And in no area is it more true than country music. On one hand, there is the proud stupidity of Toby Keith and Gretchen Wilson. On the other, the self-consciously literate ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Arizona Dranes : Forgotten Mother Of The Gospel Beat

Arizona Dranes : Forgotten Mother Of The Gospel Beat

San Francisco-based label Tompkins Square has released the book+CD/eBook,'He Is My Story : The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes'. A singer sits at the piano and loses all inhibitions while in complete control of the instrument: Little Richard, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis. Although church singer Arizona Dranes doesn't come close to the stature of those ...

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Calvin Keys Celebrates His 70th Birthday

Calvin Keys Celebrates His 70th Birthday

Guitarist Calvin Keys will celebrate his 70th birthday on February 6th, 2012. To mark the occasion, Calvin will play a special birthday show Feb 6th, 7-11pm, at 57th St. Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Ave., Oakland CA. Tickets are $20 at the door. Keys' very first album,'Shawn-Neeq, originally released in 1971 on Black Jazz, has just been reissued ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Calvin Keys "Shawn-Neeq" Reissued on 180g Vinyl

Calvin Keys "Shawn-Neeq" Reissued on 180g Vinyl

Calvin Keys' debut Shawn-Neeq will be reissued on 180g vinyl LP tomorrow, Jan 10, on Tompkins Square. The LP is now available for purchase at tompkinssquare.com Originally released on the influential label Black Jazz in 1971, guitarist Calvin Keys' debut is a stone classic waiting to be re-discovered. The funky, deep grooves and Calvin's singular guitar ...


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