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Courtney Pine: House of Legends

Read "Courtney Pine: House of Legends" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Though multi-reedist Courtney Pine has been playing soprano for almost 30 years, this is the first occasion he's recorded an entire album with the instrument. Following his bass clarinet adventures on the European roots album Europa (Destin-E, 2011) it's clear that the modern British jazz legend doesn't tire of setting himself new challenges. Taking as his ...

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Omar Puente: From There To Here

Read "From There To Here" reviewed by Chris May

Originally a classical violinist--before settling in England in 1997 he was first violin with the Nacional Symphony Orquestra in his native Cuba--Omar Puente has since focused on modern Cuban music and jazz, exploring the mutalities of the two traditions, and increasingly favoring an electric instrument. From There To Here is, remarkably given Puente's distinguished guest artist ...

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Courtney Pine: Transition In Tradition

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British reed player Courtney Pine began his professional life in reggae bands, and reggae's “conscious" music tradition has since been a defining feature of his work. Pine plays conscious jazz, in that many of his compositions and recording projects have held a focus on social rights and justice as seen through the prism of the black ...

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Jazz Warriors: Afropeans

Read "Jazz Warriors: Afropeans" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Jazz Warriors Afropeans Destin-E Records 2008 It is probably no coincidence that saxophonist Courtney Pine resurrected the name Jazz Warriors for the fifteen musicians assembled to perform Afropeans, a work commissioned by the Arts Council of England to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act ...

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Jazz Warriors: Afropeans

Read "Afropeans" reviewed by Chris May

A live recording made at London's Barbican concert hall in October, 2007, Afropeans commemorated two anniversaries. The first, for which reed player/composer Courtney Pine had been commissioned to assemble the music and the band, was the 200th anniversary of Britain's abolition of the slave trade. The second, coincidentally but with a fine synchronicity, was the 20th ...

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Empirical: Empirical

Read "Empirical" reviewed by Frederick Bernas

Empirical burst onto the international music scene at the 2007 North Sea Jazz Festival, beating four other bands to win the inaugural European Jazz Competition. Two days later, with perfect timing, its self-titled debut album hit the shops. British saxophonist Courtney Pine had been keeping a keen eye on the quintet's progress and produced the CD, ...

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Cameron Pierre: Pad Up (Get Ready)

Read "Pad Up (Get Ready)" reviewed by Chris May

While rocked-up holy barbarians like Charlie Hunter explode the boundaries of jazz guitar playing, there's still plenty of juice in the straight-ahead tradition--in the right pair of hands. Pat Martino proved that last year with his gob-smackingly inventive Wes Montgomery tribute on Blue Note, Remember. Lest we forget, British-based player Cameron Pierre sings his own legacy-affirming ...


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