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Avi Rothbard: City Colors

Read "City Colors" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Guitarist Avi Rothbard, born in Israel and, since 1999, a mover and shaker in New York City, enjoys a distinguished career as a jazz performer and clinician. Sadly, his time in the studio has been intermittent at best. City Colors, his third leader date in 15 years, is his fullest résumé on record. Rothbard is a ...

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Brian Charette: Good Tipper

Read "Good Tipper" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Nine of the eleven tracks on organist Brian Charette's Square One (Posi-Tone, 2014) were originals, but that doesn't mean he's uninterested in tackling the music of others. In fact, judging by this album, it would seem that he really digs digging into covers. Everybody from film score icon John Barry to tunesmith Jimmy Webb to saxophonist ...

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Jordan Young: Cymbal Melodies

Read "Cymbal Melodies" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Jordan Young took the organ quartet outside of its stylistic comfort zone on his debut, Jordan Young Group (Self Produced, 2010), and continues to carve his own path within this format on this enjoyable follow-up. Young reconvenes the quartet from his first leader date, with Avi Rothbard taking the place of guitarist Yotam Silberstein, and ...

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Ben Riley: Grown Folks Music

Read "Grown Folks Music" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Ben Riley is best-described as a drummer who has always been the epitome of great taste, elegance and almost certainly possessed of a higher musical intelligence. There is no better recommendation for this than the fact that Thelonious Monk hired him as a drummer, but if further proof were requested , then all that needs doing ...

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Third Annual Philadelphia Guitar Summit Features The Areas Elite Musicians

Third Annual Philadelphia Guitar Summit Features The Areas Elite Musicians

Blue Bell, PA: The Third Annual Philadelphia Guitar Summit is here!!! Partnered with Montgomery County Community College, this year is spectacular with a stellar line up of jazz guitarists/educators. Pat Martino's hard hitting organ trio, the glorious solo flamenco guitarist Carlos Rubio and this year introducing the PGS Guitar Ensemble featuring Tom Gaicabetti, Monnette Sudler, Matt ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

The State of Organ Jazz 2010 (Pt. 1): Wayne Escoffery, Dan Pratt and Matthew Kaminski

Read "The State of Organ Jazz 2010 (Pt. 1): Wayne Escoffery, Dan Pratt and Matthew Kaminski" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Organ-based jazz inhabits a unique place as a sub-genre. The combination of the sacred churchy organ with the decadence of blues and bebop made for a heady brew after the introduction of the format by Wild Bill Davis and Bill Doggett in the 1950s. Qualitatively, the names that loom largest in organ jazz are Jimmy Smith, ...

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Wayne Escoffery: Uptown

Read "Uptown" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Bob Mintzer, Kirk Whalum and Ada Rovatti are just a few of today's stunning tenor sax players. Wayne Escoffery can be added to their company.

Escoffery, 34, is a native of London who moved to the United States with his mother at an early age. He enjoyed singing, and was a member of the ...

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Wayne Escoffery: Uptown

Read "Uptown" reviewed by Joel Roberts

On Uptown, his fifth album as a leader, the impressive 34-year-old tenor saxophonist {Wayne Escoffery employs an old-fashioned soul jazz lineup of sax, Hammond B-3 organ, electric guitar and drums. But don't expect to hear the sort of bluesy “uptown" jams associated with classic soul jazz tenors like Gene Ammons, Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis or Stanley Turrentine. ...

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Avi Rothbard: Twin Song

Read "Twin Song" reviewed by Karen Hogg

Twin Song, guitarist Avi Rothbard's second recording, is a funky, atmospheric exploration. Rothbard's group, which includes organist Jared Gold, drummer Joe Strasser and guest tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery (on three tracks), works as a tight unit, inviting the listener in on spirited musical conversations. The opening “Preach's Inches is a soulful, infectious groove that's hard not ...