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T.S. Monk Sextet at Revolution Hall

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T.S. Monk Sextet
Revolution Hall
PDX Jazz 2017
Portland, OR
February 25, 2017

The centerpiece of the 2017 PDX Jazz festival was a posthumous honor bestowed upon the late great Thelonious Monk. Inarguably a pillar in the pantheon of jazz, Monk's music was delivered at this year's festival from as ...

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Papo Vazquez: San Francisco, CA, March 22, 2013

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Papo Vazquez's Pirates and Troubadours
SFJAZZ Center
San Francisco, CA
March 22, 2013
On Friday, March 22, 2013, jazz lovers at the new SFJAZZ Center were in for a very special experience. As part of the series of concerts curated by a jazz artist, conguero John Santos unleashed what can ...

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Papo Vazquez: Oasis

Read "Oasis" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Trombonist/composer Papo Vazquez brings in his Mighty Pirates Troubadours for another musical adventure full of scintillating melodies, energetic rhythms and heady grooves all of which make for a wonderful album. Not content to stay within one genre, Vazquez blends and mixes them with the skill of a wizard. The styles slide into place easily and compactly, ...

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Papo Vasquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours: Detroit, MI, September 1, 2012

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Papo Vasquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours
Detroit Jazz Festival
Detroit, MI
September 1, 2012

When a musician decides to play Latin,, it is easy for him to get pigeonholed into the Salsa circuit with a little instrumental mambo disguised as Latin jazz thrown in. This isn't the case for trombonist Papo Vasquez who, for the last ...

May 2010

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Adam Lane

Brooklyn Lyceum

Brooklyn, NY April 14, 2010

While bassist Adam Lane's Full Throttle Orchestra is named to conjure up great size and bombast, at present it's a compact sextet whose sonic inventory includes passages of nuance and overall calm. With a Bay Area lineup, Lane has released No(w) Music (Cadence, ...

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The Willie Williams Trio: Comet Ride

Read "Comet Ride" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Saxophonist Willie Williams come charging out of the gate like Sonny Rollins' trio featuring bassist Wilbur Ware and drummer Elvin Jones on A Night at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note, 1957) The title track of Williams' Comet Ride is aptly named, with bassist Gary Wang and drummer Rudy Walker taking no prisoners alongside Williams' tenor, with ...

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The Willie Williams Trio: Comet Ride

Read "Comet Ride" reviewed by Jim Santella

To this program of eight original compositions, saxophonist Willie Williams adds a medley of two tunes each by Eddie Harris and Jimmy Heath as well as a closing romp on the ever-faithful “Caravan." His combination of fresh originals and familiar standards gives this trio album its vitality, demonstrating a love for past generations of the jazz ...

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The Willie Williams Trio: Comet Ride

Read "Comet Ride" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The opening and title track of Willie Williams' Comet Ride really does blaze out of the speakers like visitor from the outer reaches of the solar system. Williams' searing tenor wails; trailing a fiery tail of sax, splashing cymbals and loping bass lines. And though the trio configuration--sax/bass/drums, without a chording instrument--suggests a free outing, the ...

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The Willie Williams Trio: Comet Ride

Read "Comet Ride" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

It took saxophonist Willie Williams fourteen years to record a follow-up to his fourth release as a leader, WW3 (Enja, 1993). It is a shame, since the Philadelphia-born, New York-based 49 year-old Williams, a regular of T.S. Monk's band and veteran of drummer Arthur Taylor quintet and Mingus Dynasty, is a great performer and composer, with ...