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EJ Hughes And His Emotional Vampire Sessions on Blue Canoe Records

EJ Hughes And His Emotional Vampire Sessions on Blue Canoe Records

EJ Hughes is back in the light with his riveting Blue Canoe Records release The Emotional Vampire Sessions, a followup to his 2005 release on Blue Canoe Something to Say. The Saxophonist has traveled extensively performing in many genres with a passion and deep-rooted training in jazz, classical, and contemporary music. Mr. Hughes has taught, performed, and ...

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Trey Wright

Trey Wright is a jazz guitarist, composer, and recording artist based in Roswell, Ga. Initially inspired by the blues, Trey was exposed to jazz early in his development by a private instructor. While studying Sociology at the University of Georgia, Wright furthered his study of jazz improvisation with pianist and composer Steve Dancz. In 1994, he co- founded the Athens/Atlanta based jazz band Squat. The group was a six-time winner of Best Jazz Band at the Flagpole Athens Music Awards and was a featured artist at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, Bel Chere, the Twilight Athens Jazz Festival, the Cherry Blossom Festival, Harvest Midtown, and Athfest

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ron Westray / Thomas Heflin: Live from Austin

Read "Live from Austin" reviewed by Josep Pedro

A live recording is always a great chance to experience some of the core principles of jazz. Improvisation and spontaneity arise when musicians feel free and comfortable with the tunes and arrangements. A collaborative effort between trombonist Ron Westray and trumpeter Thomas Heflin, Live from Austin was recorded in 2009 at the Elephant Room, one of ...

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Saltman/Knowles Quintet: It's About the Melody

Read "It's About the Melody" reviewed by Michael J. West

Washington, D.C.'s Saltman/Knowles Quintet (four-fifths of whom were once four-sixths of Soulservice) have staked everything on making tuneful, singable jazz. That's made clear in the liner notes of It's About the Melody. After a list of “Things we like that includes everything from Borat to sweet potatoes to Billy Strayhorn, their dislikes contain but one entry: ...

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Jimmy Junebug Jackson: On My Way Home

Read "On My Way Home" reviewed by Stephen Latessa

Drummer and vocalist Jimmy “Junebug Jackson steps out from the shadow of his former employer, Jimmy Smith, to pay tribute to two other legends, Cannonball Adderley and Nancy Wilson, on this recording. In particular, On My Way Home salutes the eponymous duet album Adderley and Wilson cut together in 1961.

As is fitting for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joseph Patrick Moore: Decade 1996 - 2005

Read "Decade 1996 - 2005" reviewed by Stephen Latessa

There is a certain bravery in presenting snapshots of yourself over the course of a decade, as bassist Joseph Patrick Moore does on this appropriately titled compilation. Including a generous nineteen tracks, Decade features Moore in a variety of settings backed by a diverse group of musicians. As expected, his bass work is the focus here, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bob Marbach: Out At Night

Read "Out At Night" reviewed by Stephen Latessa

Keyboardist Bob Marbach's debut EP release, Out At Night, is a trio set featuring Jon Mele on drums and Toshi Someya on bass. The program features four original compositions by Marbach along with a cover of Sonny Rollins' “Pent Up House. The album finds the trio locked in series of dark, soulful grooves.

Marbach ...

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Megaphone Man- Neal Fountain, B Lopes, Reilly: Megaphone Man

Read "Megaphone Man" reviewed by Phil DiPietro

This is a 5 track EP (plus a “secret" 6th one ..total running time about 45 mins.) by a punk/funk jazz trio , which captures the intensity and the humor of the players, while highlighting their virtuosity both as soloists and collaborative songwriting partners. This group is led by bassist Neal Fountain (ex-Fiji Mariner, ex-member of ...