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Larry Willis: Reaching and Teaching

Read "Larry Willis: Reaching and Teaching" reviewed by Russ Musto

In a career spanning five decades, Larry Willis has amassed one the most impressive resumes in jazz, including tenures with Jackie McLean, Hugh Masekela, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Stan Getz, Carla Bley, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Cobb's So What Sextet and Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, testifying to the high esteem in which he is ...

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Paul F. Murphy: Playing Universally

Read "Paul F. Murphy: Playing Universally" reviewed by Dominic Fragman

Legendary drummer Paul F. Murphy has been involved with the high end of improvised music since the mid-1970s in San Francisco. He is most closely associated with the avant-garde of the '70s, '80s and '90s as a 12-year member of alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons' band and a leader of several of his own groups, including Trio ...

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Paul Murphy: Expose

Read "Expose" reviewed by Lyn Horton

Honesty in music is without doubt identifiable. It comes across in the way musicians touch their instruments, the statements they make, the tone they set, the nature of their musicality and how they all merge. No truer an example of this can be found than the 2008 duo Exposé from drummer Paul Murphy and pianist Larry Willis.


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Paul Murphy: Excursions

Read "Excursions" reviewed by Lyn Horton



Hidden away on small unknown labels is music that needs to be heard. A case in point is Excursions, featuring pianist Larry Willis and percussionist Paul Murphy.



This music evokes no largesse, only thoughtfulness and solace. Abstraction is not as much the focus in this music as it is a concise, direct ...