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Jay Thomas with the Oliver Groenewald NewNet: I Always Knew

Read "I Always Knew" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There aren't many jazz musicians who play both brass and woodwinds, fewer still who play them as well as the veteran Seattle-based virtuoso Jay Thomas (the word “virtuoso" is used with due care). On I Always Knew, recorded in January 2018 with German-born trumpeter / arranger Oliver Groenewald's NewNet, Thomas traverses the ballad form on a ...

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Brad Goode: That's Right!

Read "That's Right!" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The first collaboration between trumpeter Brad Goode and saxophonist Ernie Watts is a case study in superior musicianship and improvisation. It also illustrates how two frontline performers and their supporting band can achieve excellence as a creative ensemble.

The kickoff, “Half Moon," an original from pianist Adrean Farrugia, is reminiscent of the popular ...

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Brittany Anjou: Enamiĝo Reciprokataj

Read "Enamiĝo Reciprokataj" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's a fascinating disjunction shaping the work of pianist Brittany Anjou. In one bend of being, her endeavors reflect extreme faith in the concept of catholicity. As a student of Esperanto--the “universal language" devised by Dr. Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof in the late 19th century--and a musician warmly embracing an ecumenical approach, open lines and the ability ...

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Benjamin Boone & Philip Levine: The Poetry of Jazz Volume Two

Read "The Poetry of Jazz Volume Two" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Poetry and music are overlapping forms of expression. Poetry emphasizes the musicality of words. Music has many features of poetry including sound, syntax, and meaning. Still, only a few poets have spoken their poems in a musical context. It is hard to do effectively because speech and music have different functions: speech is about things, intentions, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Second Volume Of "The Poetry Of Jazz," Much-Lauded Collaboration Between Saxophonist/Composer Benjamin Boone & The Late U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, To Be Released Jan. 18

Second Volume Of "The Poetry Of Jazz," Much-Lauded Collaboration Between Saxophonist/Composer Benjamin Boone & The Late U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, To Be Released Jan. 18

Saxophonist/composer Benjamin Boone’s The Poetry of Jazz, a collaboration with the late U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, was recognized as a milestone spoken word/jazz project immediately upon its release last March. Praised in leading musical and literary publications, featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and voted the #3 Jazz Album of 2018 in DownBeat’s annual Readers ...

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Jay Thomas with the Oliver Groenewald Newnet: I Always Knew

Read "I Always Knew" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Jay Thomas has lived the jazz life. He has endured, overcome, and continued to artistically thrive through all the ruminations of a path chosen by few. While much of his life may form a parallel story to those of many, Thomas' version, his personal adjunct to its litany, is a story of artistic triumph that opened ...

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Pianist-Composer Brittany Anjou Introduces Sweeping, Original Vision On "Enamigo Reciprokataj," Set For Feb. 15 Release By Origin Records

Pianist-Composer Brittany Anjou Introduces Sweeping, Original Vision On "Enamigo Reciprokataj," Set For Feb. 15 Release By Origin Records

Pianist-composer Brittany Anjou blends the influences of a wide range of jazz and classical piano, and a fascination with the Esperanto language, on her stunning debut Enamiĝo Reciprokataj, set for a February 15 release on Origin Records. A trio album featuring bassist Greg Chudzik and drummer Nicholas Anderson (as well as two tracks with special guests, ...

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Brittany Anjou

Brittany Anjou is an American composer, vocalist, and piano focused multi-instrumentalist based in New York City. Exploring everything from Ahmad Jamal to Bikini Kill in her repertoire, this creative, versatile, and virtuoso performer hails from Seattle. Starting from the age of twelve Brittany has performed in award winning jazz ensembles throughout the U.S.A. and Europe. She has had the opportunity to perform with people such as Wynton Marsalis, Ernestine Anderson, Clark Terry, and Elysian Fields. As a young woman she continued jazz and philosophy studies at New York University under the mentorship of Stefon Harris

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Thomas Marriott: Romance Language

Read "Romance Language" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Trumpeter Thomas Marriott has established his jazz credentials over the years through a collection of beautifully inspired and well received albums on the Origin Records label. His formidable chops, extensive vocabulary, respect for tradition and penchant for musical adventurism has put him into the conversation concerning the top practitioners of his instrument in modern times. Marriott ...