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Marcus Rojas: Dancing with a Tree

Read "Marcus Rojas: Dancing with a Tree" reviewed by Michael Blake

Sometimes musicians transcend what is considered normal technique. They discover new worlds of sound and establish concepts previously unknown; concepts that even defy the practical methods that the inventors of the instrument intended. One person I know that has done just that is Marcus Rojas. In third grade he decided to play the tuba and, even ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Samo Salamon: Eleven Stories

Read "Eleven Stories" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Slovenian guitarist Samo Šalamon has earned many accolades throughout his decade-long recording career; listening to Eleven Stories it is quite clear why. A fearless explorer of sonic landscapes, Šalamon and his trio of the past six years presents an exhilarating program of eleven elegiac tracks, each one a gem in its own right.

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ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

John Coltrane: Side Steps

Read "John Coltrane: Side Steps" reviewed by Chris May

John Coltrane
Side Steps
Prestige Records
2009

The 5-CD Side Steps follows two other Prestige box sets--the 6-CD Fearless Leader (2006) and 5-CD Interplay (2007)--which together catalogue saxophonist John Coltrane's recordings for the label 1956-58. The three boxes, each packed with extraordinary music, chronicle on parallel paths ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ray Draper: Tuba Sounds

Read "Tuba Sounds" reviewed by Derek Taylor

“A Promise Derailed.” Such of phrase could easily have been etched on Ray Draper’s tombstone to describe the tubaist’s trials in life and music. Killed in a botched robbery at the tragic age of 42 his troubles both personal and musical hounded him for much of his life. But reading the original liners to this reissue ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ray Draper: Tuba Sounds

Read "Tuba Sounds" reviewed by Derek Taylor

“A Promise Derailed.” Such of phrase could easily have been etched on Ray Draper’s tombstone to describe the tubaist’s trials in life and music. Killed in a botched robbery at the tragic age of 42 his troubles both personal and musical hounded him for much of his life. But reading the original liners to this reissue ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ray Draper: Tuba Sounds

Read "Tuba Sounds" reviewed by Derek Taylor

“A Promise Derailed.” Such of phrase could easily have been etched on Ray Draper’s tombstone to describe the tubaist’s trials in life and music. Killed in a botched robbery at the tragic age of 42 his troubles both personal and musical hounded him for much of his life. But reading the original liners to this reissue ...

Ray Draper: The Ray Draper Quintet Featuring John Coltrane

Read "The Ray Draper Quintet Featuring John Coltrane" reviewed by Douglas Payne

What makes this fairly typical bop outing unique is that the leader plays tuba. Ray Draper (1940-82) was only 17 when he recorded this quintet date in 1957, his third of three for Prestige, and, as much as possible, he makes the clunky instrument swing. As Ira Gitler's interesting notes point out, the tuba was a ...