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Chris Washburne and The SYOTOS Band: Fields Of Moons

Read "Fields Of Moons" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Keeping a band afloat in today's world is no easy feat. Keeping a band in business with a weekly jazz gig for twenty straight years borders on the impossible. Trombonist Chris Washburne has managed to make both happen, while juggling a busy performing career, studio work and teaching commitments at Columbia University, and he shows no ...

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Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band: Fields Of Moons

Read "Fields Of Moons" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Latin jazz is typically characterized by its passion and rhythms. For the past twenty years, trombonist Chris Washburne has been leading his SYOTOS band through the fervor and the pulse of Latin jazz. His home cooked meals are featured every week in New York City.

His band, SYOTOS, has released four prior discs, the ...

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Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band: Land of Nod

Read "Land of Nod" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

If radio play is an accurate indicator of what people want, then the trombone is an under-appreciated, perhaps even unwanted lead instrument. Fortunately, those who play the instrument ignore such perceptions. Chris Washburne, whose musical interests cut across multiple genres, is among them.

Leader of the Latin band Syotos, Washburne has been around ...

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Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band: Land of Nod

Read "Land of Nod" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The current political climate in the US is ripe for (and rife with) comment. Several calls have come for criticism--and with Land of Nod, Chris Washburne adds his voice to them. There are no lyrics on the recording, but the titles of his compositions and the strong message of the liner notes get the message across.

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Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band: Land of Nod

Read "Land of Nod" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Jazz in this first decade of the 21st Century has few artists using their music to confront the prevailing political climate. Jazz as protest music is an interesting historical artifact that was part of its '60s adolescence, before the music matured into an accepted field of academic study. The jazz educational establishment is more interested in ...

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Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band: Land of Nod

Read "Land of Nod" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Trombonist, composer and bandleader Chris Washburne heads up a spirited band called SYOTOS, which is an acronym for “See You On The Other Side," which dates back to an expression used by him just before his successful cancer surgery to his fellow musicians.

The title of this album comes from author Jonathan Swift who, ...

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Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band: Land of Nod

Read "Land of Nod" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Call this jazz protest CD by trombonist Chris Washburne “Latin jazz with an attitude." The phrase “Land of Nod" originated with Jonathan Swift (Gulliver's Travels) in reference to a state of slumber. As a collective whole, the American public may have undergone a collective political nodding off, though recent elections seem to offer some solace--a critical ...

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Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band: Paradise in Trouble

Read "Paradise in Trouble" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

Chris Washburne and his Syotos Band are very special. This would be just an opinion -- however accurate -- if it weren't for the fact that they've maintained long-term weekly gigs at a top jazz club (Smoke) and a top Latin club (Nuyorican Poets Cafe), the latter for eight years. Recently, they added Tuesdays at a ...

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Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band: The Other Side (El Otro Lado)

Read "The Other Side (El Otro Lado)" reviewed by Jim Santella

Dedicated to Tito Puente, Chris Washburne's second recording with his stellar SYOTOS band brings fresh air to a staid genre. The Latin jazz umbrella covers a lot of territory. Washburne's focus is on salsa dance music for its starting point. You can dance to it. Just try to keep still. However, to the salsa formula, the ...

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Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band: The Other Side (El Otro Lado)

Read "The Other Side (El Otro Lado)" reviewed by Bob Powers

The young lions of today are smart enough to have studied their elders. Chris Washburne, a young Ohioan who leads a seven-piece band, has paid close attention to some of jazz history's best.

Washburne, who plays exciting trombone with agility and knowledge of his elders, intended to have his new album pay tribute to Latin ...