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Steve Bryant's Best Releases Of 2017

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My personal favorites from 2017. The best of the best.

Joey DeFrancesco + The People
Project Freedom
Mack Avenue

Eddie Palmieri
Sabiduria
Ropeadope

Jazzmeia Horn
Social Call
Concord

Charles Lloyd New Quartet ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

Jason Marsalis Quartet at SOUTH

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Jason Marsalis Quartet
SOUTH
Philadelphia, PA
October 5, 2015

It is difficult under normal circumstances for the youngest sibling in a family. When that family is named Marsalis then the dynamic changes and there exists a whole slew of standards and expectations. That is the environment that Jason ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Johnny Summers: Piano Sessions, Volume 2

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Canada's contribution to jazz may not be as well documented as that of the United States, but our neighbors to the North have produced some fine players such as Oscar Peterson, Jane Bunnett, Diana Krall, and Renee Rosnes. Now add to that heralded group a young trumpet player by the name of Johnny Summers who has ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Duane Eubanks Quintet at Blues Alley

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Duane Eubanks
Blues Alley
Washington, DC
July 15, 2015

Duane Eubanks has been fighting to establish a noteworthy identity as a jazz trumpeter for years. One, he's had to dwell in the shadow of his more well-known brothers, Duane and Robin, as well as hustling in the often rough-and-tumble New York ...

Yosvany Terry: Yosvany Terry: New Throned King

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Yosvany Terry is part of the new wave of young Cuban players who have come to these shores during the last decade and established a solid presence based on their artistry and virtuosity. What has distinguished Terry from his counterparts, however, is that while most of the Cubans are either pianists or drummers, his instruments of ...

The Caribbean Tinge: Live from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

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Ever since the jazz was created in the clubs and dancehalls of New Orleans, there was always a significant influence from the Caribbean region, specifically from Cuba. The island, which was just a ferry ride from the port city, had such a significant effect on the development of the music that Jelly Roll Morton always spoke ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bobby Sanabria Spreads The Latin Jazz Gospel

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Drummer, percussionist, composer, educator, Bobby Sanabria has gained renown and respect from fans and musicians alike as one of the foremost proponents of what is labeled Afro-Cuban/Latin Jazz. Born and raised in the South Bronx, Sanabria performed with a veritable Who's Who in the world of jazz and Latin music, as well as with his own ...

Ralphe Armstrong: HomeBASS

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There must be something in the jny: Detroit water, because the Motor City has probably produced more bass players per capita than any other American city. Not only in sheer numbers and variety, but also in terms of musical style and innovation. While Paul Chambers and Ron Carter would suffice for a locale in terms of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Branford Marsalis Quartet at Max Fisher Music Center

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Branford Marsalis Quartet
Max Fisher Music Center
Detroit, MI
October 11, 2013

The Branford Marsalis Quartet is arguably the best small unit working in jazz these days, as proven by the performance of the BMQ in Detroit. This concert was the opening event for the superb jazz ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Detroit Jazz Festival 2013

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Detroit Jazz Festival
Detroit, MI
August 30-September 2, 2013
You have read the news and heard the stories on radio and TV. Detroit is bankrupt and going into ruin. However, Gretchen Valade definitely doesn't appear to believe the hype, as she managed to fashion the Detroit Jazz Festival (DJF) into one of the largest, most star-studded ...