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Tom Abbs

Multi-instrumentalist and filmmaker Tom Abbs has been performing and recording in a variety of contexts (classical, rock, jazz, and improvised musics) since age eleven. Tom started his musical training at the age of seven playing piano. A couple of years later he changed his instrument to cello and by the time he was eleven he was playing the bass. He was handed a tuba in seventh grade and his conquest of the "low end" began. Tom went on in his teens to win accolades in state and national competitions for his work as a soloist and ensemble player. He came to New York in 1991 to attend the New School’s Jazz and Contemporary Music program where he studied with such masters as Reggie Workman, Buster Williams, Joe Chambers, Brian Smith, Junior Mance, Arnie lawrence, Chico Hamilton and Arthur Taylor

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Cale Brandley & Triptych Myth and Philip Zoubek

Read "Cale Brandley & Triptych Myth and Philip Zoubek" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Master drummer Andrew Cyrille turned 79 in November. His wonderful new recording Lebroba, following on the heels of his acclaimed The Declaration of Musical Independence proves age has little to do with creativity. You'll hear two tracks from the new release which features Bill Frisell and Wadada Leo Smith, another septuagenarian at peak powers.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Pedro Melo Alves, Rich Halley and more

Read "Pedro Melo Alves, Rich Halley and more" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

the sonorous tones of the double bass echo throughout this episode, highlighted by a double hit of Israeli bassist Shay Hazan with music from new releases by his quintet and sextet, Argentina's Juan Bayon as well as Tom Abbs, and Kyle Motl with Abbey Rader's West Coast Quartet. You'll hear tracks from new albums by Pedro ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tom Abbs & Frequency Response: Hawthorne

Read "Hawthorne" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bassist and multi-instrumentalist Tom Abbs began his Frequency Response series in 2003 with Conscription (CIMP Records). The group--then a quartet--included tenor saxophonist Brian Settles and drummer Chad Taylor. Alto saxophonist Jason Candler, violinists Jean Cook and Jenna Barvitski are later additions to Frequency Response. On their long-awaited fourth album Hawthorne, Abbs again stands in as a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tom Abbs & Frequency Response: Hawthorne

Read "Hawthorne" reviewed by Don Phipps

On his album Hawthorne, Brooklyn-based Tom Abbs showcases his mastery of several instruments and writing styles. Combining free, hard bop, world, and blues styles, Abbs's compositions juxtapose explosive exposés of new music with idioms that hearken back to ancient times. Abbs is joined by Jean Cook and Jenna Barvitski on violin, Brian Settles on ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chad Taylor: Myths and Music Education

Read "Chad Taylor: Myths and Music Education" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Few drummers know how to use rhythms like Chad Taylor. He makes the drum set sing melodies and paints different hues and shades on the cymbals and skins. He can play inside and outside and has performed with musicians like saxophonists Fred Anderson, Pharoah Sanders and James Brandon Lewis, pianists Cooper-Moore and Angelica Sanchez, guitarists Jeff ...

Rhapsody in Black

Label: GR2 Classics
Released: 2012
Track listing: 01. Initiation; 02. Rhapsody in Black; 03. To Love in the Rain (Portrait of a Virtuous Woman); 04. Song of the Miracle Lives.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andrew Lamb: Rhapsody in Black

Read "Rhapsody in Black" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

L'etichetta lituana No Business Records continua ad arricchire un catalogo tra i più interessanti in circolazione con una perla dietro l'altra. E questo Rhapsody in Black non fa eccezione. Nella composizione del quartetto che ha dato alle stampe lo splendido CD spicca la presenza delle due batterie di Michael Wimberly e di Guillermo E. Brown, preludio ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andrew Lamb: Rhapsody In Black

Read "Rhapsody In Black" reviewed by John Sharpe

In spite of a more than three decades on the New York City front line, saxophonist Andrew Lamb remains something of an unknown quantity. Over that time he has amassed only eight leadership dates, the majority on small independent labels. To that total can be added Rhapsody In Black, a live blowing session from 2008 which ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vision Festival: Days 2-3, June 6-7, 2011

Read "Vision Festival: Days 2-3, June 6-7, 2011" reviewed by John Sharpe

Day 1 | Days 2-3 | Day 4 | Days 5-6 | Day 7 Vision FestivalAbrons Arts CenterNew York, NYJune 6-7, 2011 Having two stage areas allowed the Vision Festival organizers to minimize changeover times by programming consecutive performances alternately, between the main hall and the downstairs theater. Breathless ...


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