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Chris Massey & The NJP: Whosoever

Read "Whosoever" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Chris Massey's debut--Vibrainium (Self Produced, 2011)--was an Art Blakey-influenced quintet date that put a modern slant on the hard bop tradition; this follow-up follows the same guidelines, but puts a greater emphasis on the modern.

Massey tips his cap to those who came before him by including an always-in-style standard ("Old Devil ...


David A. Orthmann's Best Releases of 2011

Read "David A. Orthmann's Best Releases of 2011" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

2011 was another banner year for newly recorded jazz. My favorites in no particular order...

New Tricks
Alternate Side
(New Tricks Records)

Jeff Williams
Another Time
(Whirlwind Recordings)

Vinnie Cutro
The Music of Duke Ellington ...


Saxophonist Benjamin Drazen Performs at the 55 Bar, September 8, 2011

Saxophonist Benjamin Drazen Performs at the 55 Bar, September 8, 2011

Saxophonist Benjamin Drazen brings his ensemble—including pianist Roy Assaf, bassist Francois Mouton, and drummer Tony Moreno—to the 55 Bar for a performance on Thursday, September 8, at 7:00 p.m. Praised by Jazz Times as a “potent alto saxophonist" who plays “with soulful authority," Benjamin Drazen has performed alongside some of jazz's luminaries, including Rashied Ali, George Garzone, ...

Take Five With Benjamin Drazen

Read "Take Five With Benjamin Drazen" reviewed by Benjamin Drazen

Meet Benjamin Drazen:
Benjamin Drazen is a native New Yorker, and grew up in Roslyn, NY. He got his frist great jazz saxophone education from the late great Dave Burns. (Dave was a master trumpeter with the Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington Orchestras as well as leading his own groups) A graduate of the ...

Benjamin Drazen: Inner Flights

Read "Inner Flights" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Alto and soprano saxophonist Benjamin Drazen's smashing debut recording as a leader contains all of the essential ingredients for a meaningful mainstream jazz record. The leader's seven original compositions are a diverse, substantial, and pleasantly familiar lot. Drazen and pianist Jon Davis, the disc's primary soloists, play in the moment and think their way through improvisations ...

Benjamin Drazen: Inner Flights

Read "Inner Flights" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Inside Benjamin Drazen is an old soul, nestling cheek-by-jowl in a fertile mind, brimful with new ideas that undulate and flow beautifully from his alto saxophone. That he is able to take control of this force, and harness its power to open a virtual door to the temple of his muses--running the gamut of saxophonists from ...

Benjamin Drazen: Inner Flights

Read "Inner Flights" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Benjamin Drazen has been on the New York scene for over 15 years, working with established players including Lew Soloff, George Garzone and Rashied Ali. The saxophonist cannot be accused of being in a hurry to get his name on a CD cover: a 15-year wait to release a debut is a lifetime in today's scene, ...

Benjamin Drazen: Inner Flights

Read "Inner Flights" reviewed by Andrew Lienhard

Alto saxophonist Benjamin Drazen has been plying his trade around Manhattan's network of small jazz bars--places like 55 Bar, Smalls, and The Garage--for over a decade. At long last, the New York native unveils his debut outing, Inner Flights. In a program of mostly original music, Drazen consistently delivers strong post-Coltrane fire, with a sound that ...


Benjamin Drazen: Inner Flights

Read "Inner Flights" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The peaceful, John Lennon-like face on the cover of Inner Flights is merely a mask. Behind that calm exterior is a musician with killer instincts and serious chops. Sure, saxophonist Benjamin Drazen can be calm and graceful when he wants to, as he is on Inner Flights' closing track, “Polka Dots And Moonbeams," but more often ...

Chris Massey: Vibrainium

Read "Vibrainium" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A tight, two horn front-line, strong solo personalities, an aggressive--yet flexible--rhythm section and first-rate compositions are all part of the package on drummer Chris Massey's Vibrainium. From the first notes of the album-opening “Galactus" to the end of “Mr. Twilight," Massey demonstrates a take-no-prisoners attitude and a willingness to explore different avenues of music with great ...