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Billy Drummond at Attucks Jazz Club

Read "Billy Drummond at Attucks Jazz Club" reviewed by Mark Robbins

Billy Drummond grew up in Newport News, VA listening to his father's jazz record collection and eventually playing drums in his own and other's bands across the water in Norfolk. In the late '80s Drummond knew if he wanted to make it as a jazz drummer he would have to leave this area and, encouraged by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alyssa Allgood: Out Of The Blue

Read "Out Of The Blue" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

If Alyssa Allgood's debut EP Lady Bird made a splash, then Out of the Blue is a veritable deluge of inspired thinking. The Chicago vocalist's imprint is evident in every lick of this full-length follow-up. From the original lyrics and arrangements to her choice of musicians and production, Allgood uses everything in her toolkit throughout 10 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alyssa Allgood: Out Of The Blue

Read "Out Of The Blue" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Chicago vocalist Alyssa Allgood devotes her first full length album to an unexpected source: the classic hard bop repertoire of Blue Note Records. The label is mainly known for instrumental jazz, and all of these selections were originally instrumental. This presents no problem for Allgood, who demonstrates equal facility scatting, singing wordless vocalise, and writing lyrics ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Raoul Bjorkenheim eCsTaSy: Out of the Blue

Read "Out of the Blue" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Raoul Bjorkenheim è uno di quei chitarristi difficili da inquadrare, per via di uno stile strumentale composito che prende in egual misura da rock, jazz, e libera improvvisazione. Anche la sua musica, di conseguenza, si viene a trovare spesso alla confluenza di questi tre generi, e il suo ultimo quartetto eCsTaSy non fa eccezione, anche se ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rick Wakeman and The English Rock Ensemble: Out Of The Blue

Read "Out Of The Blue" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Rick Wakeman (Yes, Strawbs) and Keith Emerson (The Nice, Emerson, Lake & Palmer) were among the primary catalysts of the infant 70s progressive rock scene and helped elevate the genre into a viable art-form, steeped in multifaceted electro-acoustic components with a concentrated focus on superior musicianship. With dazzling virtuosity and heavy use of Moog synths, complementing ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Adam Smale: Out of the Blue

Read "Out of the Blue" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Out of the Blue is the U.S. debut album by Canadian-born guitarist Adam Smale, but Smale hasn't come out of nowhere. In 2000, he released the album Fun City in his home country and received plenty of airplay and critical acclaim and in 2009 he moved to New York and since then he has become a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ralph Peterson: Music Teaches You Life

Read "Ralph Peterson: Music Teaches You Life" reviewed by George Colligan

[Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]

I was recently in Athens, as part of my tour with Jack DeJohnette. Shortly after arriving, I'm sitting in my hotel room, and I get an unexpected call. “Colligan!" “Uh...yes?" And then I hear one of my obscure compositions, “Reaction," being sung ...

Two Helpings of Hurst: Bob Ya Head and Unrehurst Volume 2

Read "Two Helpings of Hurst: Bob Ya Head and Unrehurst Volume 2" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Robert Hurst has been an in-demand bassist for more than a quarter century, yet his leader dates have been sporadic and scant. Hurst came to prominence in the mid 1980s, first as a member of Out Of The Blue and then as a key figure in bands lead by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and saxophonist Branford Marsalis, ...

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Ralph Bowen: Power Play

Read "Power Play" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The inscription on saxophonist Ralph Bowen's business card probably should read “solid citizen," because his post-bop jazz conception has always been steadfast and dependable. With Power Play, he only adds to his stalwart reputation.

Together with bassist Kenny Davis, Bowen was picked, in the mid-1980s, to spearhead the return of Blue Note Records in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Christian Howes: Out of the Blue

Read "Out of the Blue" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il violinista Christian Howes è uno degli interpreti emergenti dello strumento tradizionalmente associato alla musica classica di stampo europeo e portato in ambito jazz e blues da grandi interpreti come Joe Venuti, Stuff Smith, Stephane Grapelli, Don Sugarcane Harris e Jean Luc Ponty. Howes ha avuto una formazione classica ma in questo album dimostra di sapere facilmente liberarsi di tutte le ...