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The Michael Lauren All Stars: Old School / Fresh Jazz

Read "Old School / Fresh Jazz" reviewed by Jim Worsley

A second outing for drummer and composer Michael Lauren and his All Stars continues and strengthens their fresh path through intelligent modernism. Their brightly-lit road intersects again and again with a variety of classic jazz genres. This energetic sixteen-track outing is presented in a unique style. Interspersed between the songs are six short drum duets with ...


Michael Lauren All Stars: Once Upon A Time In Portugal

Read "Once Upon A Time In Portugal" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Drummer/educator Michael Lauren moved from New York City in 2003 to become the Professor of Drum Set studies at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo (ESMAE) in Porto, Portugal. He formed his All Star band with some of Portugal's best jazz musicians to continue performing the hard bop he loves. Almost everyone contributes a ...


Introducing Hugo Alves

Read "Introducing Hugo Alves" reviewed by Mark Corroto

What joy to discover a new jazz musician with talent, one “on loan from God," as they say. Hugo Alves, a Portuguese trumpet/flugelhorn player, might have escaped your attention, but be forewarned, he will be a name you hear for many years to come. Like American brass players Ron Miles, Ralph Alessi and Ron Horton, not ...