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Mark Turner + Gary Foster

Mark Turner + Gary Foster

Seventy years ago, on March 4, 1949, cool jazz was recorded for the first time. Given a mandate to record whatever new jazz was important, Pete Rugolo, Capitol's head of A&R, brought the Lennie Tristano Sextet into the studio to tape two songs—Wow and Crosscurrent. The music by Lee Konitz (as), Warne Marsh (ts), Lennie Tristano ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mark Masters: Our Metier

Read "Our Metier" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There are a lot of fine composers writing for large jazz ensembles today, so many that some names can get lost in the shuffle. Mark Masters is a case in point. You don'r hear about him often, possibly because many of his recordings feature his ensembles playing the music of other composers like trombonist Grachan Moncur ...

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Tina Raymond: Left Right Left

Read "Left Right Left" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Most jazz artists don't choose to create a concept album as their debut. But drummer Tina Raymond has done just that with Left Right Left, teaming up with pianist Art Lande and bassist Putter Smith for a wide-ranging piano trio outing that explores America's political climate via a mix of patriotic songs, a pair of Woody ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Tina Raymond CD Release Celebration For "Left Right Left," Thursday, April 6th At The Blue Whale, Los Angeles

Tina Raymond CD Release Celebration For "Left Right Left," Thursday, April 6th At The Blue Whale, Los Angeles

One of the most in-demand jazz drummers in Los Angeles, Tina Raymond, unites with two legendary musicians, pianist Art Lande and bassist Putter Smith on her debut CD, Left Right Left (Orenda Records). A politically inspired album, Left Right Left features anti-war anthems, union songs, and other sociopolitical works from America's history, re-imagined through modern jazz. The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Mark Masters Ensemble: Blue Skylight

Read "Blue Skylight" reviewed by Jack Bowers

California-based composer / arranger Mark Masters, who has already recorded salutes to Clifford Brown, Jimmy Knepper, Dewey Redman, Steely Dan, the Gershwin brothers and even the Duke Ellington saxophone section, directs his attention and considerable talents this time around to the music of a pair of legendary jazz trend-setters who were in many respects polar opposites: ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Mark Masters Ensemble: Blue Skylight

Read "Blue Skylight" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Mark Masters has made his name in the banderleader/arranger arena fronting The Mark Master Ensemble, in various forms, with personal tributes to past masters: saxophonist Dewey Redman, Duke Ellington, trumpeter Clifford Brown, and present master, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, who played as the featured artist on One Day With Lee (Capri Records (2000). These are all ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Colella/Putter Smith: Lotus Blossom

Read "Lotus Blossom" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Lotus Blossom is an absorbing date that projects plaintive beauty, reflective moods, and introspective ideals. It's a meeting of two master musicians who engage in thoughtful conversation that's quietly emotive.

Pianist Jeff Colella, who's worked with everybody from vocalist Lou Rawls to arranging-composing legend Bill Holman, and bassist Putter Smith, whose credits include ...

Take Five With Lena Bloch

Read "Take Five With Lena Bloch" reviewed by Lena Bloch

Meet Lena Bloch:
Lena Bloch was born in Moscow and has studied music in Israel, Germany, and the United States where she earned a Master's of Music in Composition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Since moving to the United States in 2003, Bloch has been a solist with the Vermont Jazz Big Band, the ...

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Billy Mintz: Mintz Quartet

Read "Mintz Quartet" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

What is remarkable about drummer's Billy Mintz's debut recording Mintz Quartet is his masterful versatility on his instrument. That is no surprise as Mintz, an in demand sideman, has played with a wide variety of musicians during his career ranging from disco diva Gloria Gaynor to saxophonists Lee Konitz and Charles Lloyd. A well-known educator and ...

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Mintz Quartet: Mintz Quartet

Read "Mintz Quartet" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The jazz world is packed with dynamic drummers, and players who raise the job of timekeeping--and beyond--to a fine art. And then there are the supreme poets of the drum kit: The late Paul Motian, with his gentle orchestra of textures, colors, and diaphanous accents; Jack De Johnette, with his bustling undercurrents and rock steady grooves; ...