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Smooth Jazz Saxophonist Kenney Polson On Tour In Hawaii July-August 2019 With New Album

Smooth Jazz Saxophonist Kenney Polson On Tour In Hawaii July-August 2019 With New Album

Sailing high on the success of his latest album, For Lovers Only, jny: Portland-based smooth jazz saxophonist Kenney Polson returns to Hawaii in July. His new sound merges the best of jazz and rhythm and blues into one cool and captivating blend. The 2019 release includes leading players such as guitarist Bruce Conte and keyboardist Roger Smith ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kenney Polson: For Lovers Only

Read "For Lovers Only" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Saxophonist Kenney Polson may not be a household name but he has a lengthy pedigree in jazz and smooth jazz. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri to a musical family; a grandfather worked with Count Basie and Cab Calloway and an uncle sang with the Coasters. Polson's discography since 2010 includes Serendipity (2014, No Slop ...

John Butcher

Read "John Butcher" reviewed by John Eyles

In the Building a Jazz Library article on Evan Parker, it says that seasoned Parker followers would describe him as the finest improvising saxophonist of his generation. Curiously, many of those same people would use exactly that phrase about John Butcher. The simple explanation for this apparent contradiction is that we are talking about two generations; ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Tony Adamo and Roger Smith of Tower Of Power Collaborate on "Rain Man Make it Rain Love my Way"— Becomes All About Jazz Top Track

Tony Adamo and Roger Smith of Tower Of Power Collaborate on "Rain Man Make it Rain Love my Way"— Becomes All About Jazz Top Track

Tony Adamo on his collaboration with Roger Smith... My Tower of Power (TOP) connection goes back more than 20 years to a recording session in Dave Hartel’s studio in Half Moon Bay, California. Hartel was the organ player for Lydia Pense and Cold Blood at the time, and brought in Mic Gillette and Skip Mesquite to lay ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tower of Power: Great American Soulbook

Read "Great American Soulbook" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

For more than 40 years, Tower of Power has been thrilling audiences with its brassy sound. Whether as a stand-alone act or backing up another group, this 10-piece ensemble has crossed many genres, including blues, pop, jazz, funk, rock and soul.

Having worked with such a diversity of acts as Aerosmith and Spyro Gyra, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Roger Smith & Louis Moholo-Moholo: The Butterfly and the Bee

Read "The Butterfly and the Bee" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Former Brotherhood of Breath drummer Louis Moholo and British free-form acoustic guitarist Roger Smith lay their cards out on the table during this extremely attractive studio set. Essentially, neither man acts as an antagonist here. It's more about intrinsic communication, topped off with acutely enacted improvisations featuring great depth and variable rhythmic maneuvers. Moholo's complex drumming ...

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Roger Smith: Extended Plays

Read "Extended Plays" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Roger Smith plays a Spanish guitar, upon which he improvises freely, somewhat in the manner of Derek Bailey, who was for a time his teacher. Yet Extended Plays illustrates that Smith is no imitator, but a freely improvising guitarist with very much his own style. Like Bailey, Smith avoids grooves of any kind, but he is ...

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Roger Smith: Extended Plays - solo guitar improvisations 1993-97

Read "Extended Plays - solo guitar improvisations 1993-97" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Guitarist Roger Smith is well known for his long association with the late John Stevens’ now legendary, Spontaneous Music Ensemble of which he spent nearly 20 years. Smith is recognized for his ingenuity as a free-improvisational guitarist. Here, on Extended Plays-Improvised Solos we are treated to 9 pieces from this truly amazing, starkly original and somewhat ...