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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Caldera: Caldera / Sky Islands

Read "Caldera / Sky Islands" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Mention the word “fusion" and a list of familiar names often turns up: Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams' Lifetime, Return to Forever and Weather Report. But what about Caldera? Aficionados of the genre will probably know about them but, to many listeners, they will be a new discovery and, thanks to a BGO ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at Levitt Pavilion

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Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
Levitt Pavilion
Denver, CO
August 26, 2017

You don't hear much talk of “The Energy Crisis" anymore. That's because Karl Denson's Tiny Universe has been on the scene, lighting things up and generating gigawatts of energy with its frequent funk fusillades. Over the course of their two ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Dwight Sills: Creating His Own Space

Read "Dwight Sills: Creating His Own Space" reviewed by Liz Goodwin

After delivering three projects on other record labels, guitarist-composer-producer Dwight Sills decided it was time to start creating an outlet for himself on his fourth and most personal CD yet, Short Stories.

Creating this outlet was not a new concept for the Houston, Texas resident. Most of the eight tunes on this eclectic and ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Heartfelt Performances And “remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Fest

Heartfelt Performances And “remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Fest

By Sean McKenzie As I watched the amazing lineup of jazz royalty remembering the true legend, Joe Sample, I had never been so moved by such a fitting musical tribute. I remember it was only a little over a year ago that Wayne Henderson had been given his regal sendoff. And now, amongst other Sample fans, I experienced a healing ...

NEWS: EVENT

"Remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Festival

"Remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Festival

One of the featured attractions at this year’s Berks Jazz Festival (its 25th anniversary show) will be a special performance on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Reading, PA called “Remembering Joe Sample.” This special tribute to the world renowned pianist and composer who passed away last September was organized by musical director Bobby Lyle and ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Last Interview: Joe Sample

Last Interview: Joe Sample

Back in March, when I was interviewing artists for my Wall Street Journal “Anatomy of a Song" column on Rock the Boat, I called Joe Sample, who played keyboard and led the rhythm section on what is widely considered the fist pure disco single. Joe had just finished undergoing chemotherapy when I called, which had miraculously ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Wayne Henderson, Jazz Crusaders Co-Founder, Dies

Wayne Henderson, Jazz Crusaders Co-Founder, Dies

Wayne Henderson, trombonist and co-founding member of the popular jazz-funk band The Jazz Crusaders (later known as The Crusaders), died Friday, April 4, in Culver City, Calif. The cause of death was heart failure, according to The Crusaders' manager. Henderson was 74. Along with fellow Houston musicians Joe Sample (piano), Wilton Felder (tenor saxophone) and Stix Hooper ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John La Barbera Big Band: Caravan

Read "Caravan" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Summoning Juan Tizol's travel-worn “Caravan" to raise the curtain on a big-band album poses a challenge for any arranger, one that John La Barbera easily brushes aside on the third recording as leader of his own ensemble. And while “Caravan" dazzles in La Barbera's capable hands, it is merely the opening salvo in a session that ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Poncho Sanchez: Mambo King

Read "Poncho Sanchez: Mambo King" reviewed by Steve Bryant

For over 30 years, conguero/bandleader Poncho Sanchez has been the premier proponent of West Coast Latin Jazz. Growing up in Norwalk, California, Sanchez was exposed to and influenced by two very different styles of music: Afro-Cuban music and bebop, as well as R&B. Originally a guitarist, Sanchez taught himself the flute, drums, and timbales before finally ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Conrad Herwig: There's Nothing Else

Read "Conrad Herwig:  There's Nothing Else" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Talking about some of his great influences in jazz, Conrad Herwig points out that it's important to look beyond their achievements on their instruments. “Sometimes during a musician's lifetime, people put so much emphasis on their virtuosity as a player that they don't really think about the vehicle of their expression--their compositions." Herwig was speaking of ...