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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mauricio de Souza: Five Roads

Read "Five Roads" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

If your idea of a great drummer's album is an album full of sonic bombast, do not pick up Five Roads by drummer Maurício de Souza and his ensemble Bossa Brasil. If you love showy drum fills, histrionic drum solos, or volume masquerading as intensity, you'll find none here. Instead, the drummer leads Bossa Brasil down ...

Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines

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Randy Brecker & NDR Bigband
Rocks
Piloo Records & Productions LLC
2019

The easiest answer isn't always the best answer, but sometimes it is. So it's both easy and proper to point out that trumpet and flugelhorn master, composer, and bandleader Randy Brecker was kind enough ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bill Mobley, Andrew Beals, Jeff Pittson, Mark Hagan, Jimmy Madison At The Old '76 House

Read "Bill Mobley, Andrew Beals, Jeff Pittson, Mark Hagan, Jimmy Madison At The Old '76 House" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Bill Mobley, Andrew Beals, Jeff Pittson, Mark Hagan, Jimmy Madison
The Old 76 House
Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon
Tappan, NY
January 21, 2015

Jimmy Madison, the first of the band to arrive, wheeled his cymbal case in on a portable carrier and surveyed the array of drums, cymbals and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mauricio De Souza: Here. There...

Read "Here. There..." reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Drummer Mauricio De Souza has roots in both Brazilian music and jazz. It follows that he would issue Here. There ..., a recording that presents both.

De Souza was born in Brasilia, Brazil. Among his inspirations are Buddy Rich, Airto Moreira and Dave Weckl. His two ensembles--Bossa Brazil and Mauricio De Souza Group--are employed ...

Andrew Beals: Gravy Train

Read "Andrew Beals: Gravy Train" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Andrew Beals
Gravy Train
NASMusic
2008



For half a century, saxophonists have gravitated toward Hammond B3-led bands to hone their chops. The demands of the “chitlin' circuit" combined with those burnin' B3 lines create the perfect musical training ground. Consequently, some of the sagest advice for an aspiring ...