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Acclaimed Pianist/Composer Josh Nelson’s "Discovery Project” Featured On NPR's Jazz Night In America, Airing Nationwide Beginning February 23

Acclaimed Pianist/Composer Josh Nelson’s "Discovery Project” Featured On NPR's Jazz Night In America, Airing Nationwide Beginning February 23

Pianist Josh Nelson will be featured in NPR’s Jazz Night in America as they head to La La Land to get the real story of what it really takes to be a jazz musician in the City of Angels. Jazz Night in America is a nationally syndicated weekly radio show and a weekly concert video webcast from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Scott Jeppesen: Wonders

Read "Wonders" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Ancient history and current times collide on the sophomore release from California-based tenor saxophonist Scott Jeppesen: with Wonders, he offers up an intelligent, semi-programmatic look at the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as seen through a modern jazz lens.

Jeppesen, a once-upon-a-time protégé of saxophonist Joe Henderson and a jazz studies doctoral ...

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Josh Nelson: Exploring Mars

Read "Exploring Mars" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Exploring Mars is fueled by a love of science fiction, intellectual inquisitiveness, and musical inventiveness of the highest order. Pianist Josh Nelson, initially inspired by the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars in the summer of 2012, put together a project that's musically expansive and wholly unique: It's safe to say that he's the first ...

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Josh Nelson: Exploring Mars

Read "Exploring Mars" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Mars, the forth planet from the sun--that blood red star arcing across the sky--has been investigated by many in the arts. Before NASA landed four rovers on the red planet's surface, science fiction writers took up the task of exploring our planetary neighbor: Edgar Rice Burroughs with his fantastic Barsoom series, beginning with Princess of Mars ...

The Daniel Rosenboom Quintet: The Daniel Rosenboom Quintet: Fire Keeper

Read "The Daniel Rosenboom Quintet: Fire Keeper" reviewed by Mike Oppenheim

Fire Keeper, the debut album from the Daniel Rosenboom Quintet, exemplifies the vast possibilities for contemporary jazz artists. The album is undeniably jazz, with extensive improvisations and complex compositions, orchestrations and harmonies found in few other genres. The quintet is also unabashedly rooted in other contemporary genres. Progressive rock, as heard in the overdriven electric guitars, ...

Daniel Rosenboom Quintet: Fire Keeper

Read "Fire Keeper" reviewed by Robert Bush

"Fusion" has rarely been so bold. Drawing on the traditions of the original Mahavisnu Orchestra, and Ornette Coleman's Prime Time, with liberal doses of Slavic folk-music and free-jazz, trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom's Quintet is an experiment of nuclear proportions.

Featuring heavy electrical input from guitarist Alex Noice and “Bear-Trax" (hybrid-double-neck) bassist Kai Kurosawa, ...

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Scott Jeppesen: El Guapo

Read "El Guapo" reviewed by Carlo Wolff

"Guapo" is Spanish for “sharp-dressed man" (or woman), and the title--and launch--track of Scott Jeppesen's exceptional solo debut sure conjures such an image. El Guapo is stylish, diverse and expert; released on Oct. 1, 2013, it is one of the best albums of that year.

Jeppesen is a protean saxophonist who also plays bass ...

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Shingo Yuji: Introducing Shingo Yuji

Read "Introducing Shingo Yuji" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Japanese-born guitarist/composer/shakuhachi player Shingo Yuji has made his home in Los Angeles. On Introducing Shingo Yuji, he draws deeply on his native, rich musical heritage as well as jazz and pop worlds to create an engaging mélange.

Yuji 's “Laputa" features an undulating melody with western rhythms and eastern harmonies. Tenor saxophonist Walter ...

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Josh Nelson: Discoveries

Read "Discoveries" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Nothing fuels the creative impulses like the art of discovery. A new chord voicing can unlock a door to a different world, and different rhythmic permutations can prove to be an endless source of inspiration, but discovering these things and utilizing them to good effect are two different things. Few artists can see the world through ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Josh Nelson Trio: Half Moon Bay, CA, February 20, 2011

Read "Josh Nelson Trio: Half Moon Bay, CA, February 20, 2011" reviewed by Bill Leikam

Josh Nelson Trio
Douglas Beach House
Half Moon Bay, CA
February 20, 2011

Opening the concert, club owner Pete Douglas announced that in its February issue, the editorial staff of Downbeat Magazine had chosen the Douglas Beach House (a.k.a. the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society) as one of the top 150 internationally known ...