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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Matt Haviland, Andy Farber, Steve Berger, Mark Hagan, Andrew Swift at The Old 76 House

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Matt Haviland, Andy Farber, Steve Berger, Mark Hagan, Andrew Swift
The Old 76 House
Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon
Tappan, NY
January 14, 2015

The personalities of trombonist Matt Haviland and tenor/alto saxophonist Andy Farber emerged, prominently and in glorious detail, during the opening set of Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Kain: Raising Kain

Read "Raising Kain" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Raising Kain is a first for guitarist Dave Kain in two ways: it's the first trio record in his discography and it marks the first time he's worked with a producer instead of going it alone.

After releasing a few albums with different incarnations of the Dave Kain Group, he decided to trim ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Dease: Relentless

Read "Relentless" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While rising star trombonist Michael Dease's previous albums have all been small group affairs, much of his sideman work has marked him as something of a large ensemble specialist. He's put his slide to good use in numerous big bands and jazz orchestras, including those led by Christian McBride, Charles Tolliver, Roy Hargrove, Rufus Reid, and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matt Garrison - Saxophone: Blood Songs

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Presenting a primarily original repertoire of sparkling modern jazz, New York saxophonist Matt Garrison follows up his critically acclaimed debut, Familiar Places (DCLEF, 2011), with Blood Songs, an audacious musical tribute to his loving parents. With the exception of producer/trombonist Michael Dease, Garrison assembles a new all-star list of players, including veterans like saxophonist Eric Alexander ...

Andrew Swift: Swift Kick

Read "Swift Kick" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Currently the drummer for saxophonist Sharel Cassity and her quintet, the Matt Garrison Project as well as being the drumming voice for many nationally syndicated television commercials, Australian drummer Andrew Swift unveils his debut with Swift Kick, a remarkably engaging piece of musical mastery. There's no doubt about this outing, critics and audiences alike will devour ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andrew Swift: Swift Kick

Read "Swift Kick" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Drummer Andrew Swift belongs to a new generation of jazz artists that includes trumpeter Ryan Kisor and multi-instrumentalists Sharel Cassity and Michael Dease, all of whom join Swift on his debut recording, Swift Kick. These young artists are all well trained and steeped in tradition. However, tradition does not own their collective souls. All compose with ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Drummer/Composer Andrew Swift Releases Debut Recording Titled "Swift Kick" on D Clef Records.

Drummer/Composer Andrew Swift Releases Debut Recording Titled "Swift Kick" on D Clef Records.

There are countless releases in this new age of jazz music. So why take a certain recording and put it on the top of your pile? Well, you can ask if there is a story, you can ask if there is that angle, but over all it is (or at least should be) about the music. ...