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New Faces: Straight Forward

Read "Straight Forward" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

New Faces is the brainchild of producer Marc Free, who comingles the talents of six young jazzers, each of whom has led at least one session for Posi-Tone. With the exception of a Herbie Hancock composition, the material is comprised of attractive, catchy themes of varying degrees of complexity, penned by a number of the label's ...

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New Faces: Straight Forward

Read "Straight Forward" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The collection of musicians on this record, collectively referred to as “New Faces," is an attempt by Posi-Tone producer Marc Free to create a sampler of the label's mission, utilizing a selection of young leaders to collectively personify their overall musical vision. As stated on the Posi- Tone website, “The entire series of succinct performances included ...

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Ken Fowser: Now Hear This!

Read "Now Hear This!" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Taking a cue from some of the other smaller jazz-based labels, Posi-Tone has done a remarkable job over the past few years of building a roster of budding talents worthy of wider recognition. Part of the allure of such an endeavor is the ability to see the evolution of an artist's muse unfolding like a rose. ...

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C. Andrew Hovan's Best Releases of 2016

Read "C. Andrew Hovan's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

It is hard to believe I have been writing about jazz for All About Jazz for almost 18 years now. During that time period, vinyl was scarce as can be, only to come back recently with a vengeance. With many classic jazz recordings working their way into the area of public domain, ubiquitous CD reissues have ...

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Behn Gillece: Dare To Be

Read "Dare To Be" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

It pays to listen to Dare To Be, Behn Gillece's second release as a leader for Posi-Tone Records, from the bottom up. Bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Jason Tiemann are one of most congenial, articulate, and straightforward bass and drums team in recent memory. They're self-effacing, deeply focused and frisky. Regardless of the differences in the ...

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Gwendolyn Dease: Beguiled

Read "Beguiled" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While this fourth album from marimbist Gwendolyn Dease is rightly seeing release on the classical arm of Origin Records, it wouldn't have been completely out of place if it had landed on the jazz side of that imprint. Dease bypasses contemporary marimba fare and late twentieth century favorites from the usual suspects like Ney Rosauro, Casey ...

Behn Gillece: Dare to Be

Read "Dare to Be" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

When it comes to jazz vibraphone, the names of Stefon Harris and Warren Wolf are most likely to be found on a list of contemporary leaders. Add to that now the name of Behn Gillece, a gentleman who has been honing his skills on the New York scene since 2006. His talents first came to the ...

Michael Dease: Father Figure

Read "Father Figure" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Never underestimate a jazz musician's capacity for drawing on material from vastly different sources, deflating the ostensible dissimilarities, and producing vibrant sounds that don't hew to convention or expectations. From the music's early years, resourceful artists have been confounding audiences and critics alike by putting their stamp on anything that strikes their fancy, from gutbucket blues ...

Walt Weiskopf: The Way You Say It

Read "The Way You Say It" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

For quite some time, saxophonist Walt Weiskopf had a forum for expressing his growth and development via his many albums for Criss Cross Jazz. While that fruitful partnership ended in 2010 with See the Pyramid, Weiskopf seems to have found a new home with Marc Free's Posi-Tone imprint. With three releases added to his already healthy ...

Walt Weiskopf: The Way You Say It

Read "The Way You Say It" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The trail leading to The Way You Say It, the latest from tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf, is marked by performances from superb Posi-Tone releases of recent vintage. Organist Brian Charette was the ballast of the 2015 Triple Play, a three tenor date led by Doug Webb, which featured Weiskopf. Vibraphonist Behn Gillece made significant contributions to ...