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Ulysses Owens Jr.: Of Odysseys And Evolution

Read "Ulysses Owens Jr.: Of Odysseys And Evolution" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The back panel of drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.'s Onward & Upward is adorned with a telling quote from spiritual teacher/writer Ernest Holmes. His statement, that “evolution is proof of an irresistible urge which pushes everything onward and upward," could be applied to myriad topics, but it truly captures the essence of jazz drumming through time; it ...

Coming Home

Label: D Clef Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Solid Gold; Motherland; Blues Etude; In A Sentimental Mood; Good & Terrible; Lifewish; The Shade Of The Cedar Tree; Just In Time; All Heath; The Release; Take It To The Ozone.

Diego Rivera: The Contender

Label: D Clef Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: The Contender; El Pachuco; Don't...Can't...Won't...; Yesterdays; Para Los Muertos; My Cherie Amour; The Whit; Frida; Silver's Serenade; Little Giant; Tinte Latino.

Tell Your Story

Label: D Clef Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Turnin' The Corner; You Don't Know What Love Is; Temporary Paralysis; You're Mine; Doppelganger; Good & Terrible; The Wager; Two Tees; Stardust; Tell Your Story; Fifty-Six.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Adam Rongo: Tell Your Story

Read "Tell Your Story" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Young saxophonist Adam Rongo introduces himself to a national audience on the appropriately-titled Tell Your Story, delivering a sparkling debut of straight ahead post-bop material featuring a seasoned cast of players superbly interpreting a selection of new and exciting cover tunes--all telling a musical story that is unfolding quite nicely. Originally from Essexville, Michigan, and coming ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Diego Rivera: The Contender

Read "Diego Rivera: The Contender" reviewed by Jud Branam

Like the famous muralist from whom he got his name, Michigan tenor saxophonist Diego Rivera covers a lot of stylistic ground while adhering to a workmanlike theme on his new CD, The Contender. Rivera leads a powerful sextet through an 11-song set of brawny, orthodox post-bop that carries on the blowing session tradition in ...

Under the Banner of McBride: Two Bass Hits from a Low-End Giant

Read "Under the Banner of McBride: Two Bass Hits from a Low-End Giant" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bassist Christian McBride is many things to many people. Leader, sideman, writer, and conceptualist are just a few of the hats that he happens to wear on these two quintet- centered dates. One album puts McBride's name up in lights, while the other finds him in a supporting role, but his work is central to the ...

Michael Dease: Coming Home

Read "Coming Home" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Trombonist Michael Dease's Coming Home is the evolutionary culmination of all of the small group work of which he has been a part. Dease's musical personality reveals itself fully on the disc, one he has populated with a very fine band and thoughtfully composed and selected pieces for that band. Dease's previous work as a leader ...

Swift Kick

Label: D Clef Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: Kisor The Despiser; The Rio Dawn; Soldier; Slit Drum Interlude; Song For Sherin; Is That So?; Alfie; Baptized With Fire; Brandy; Goodbyes; As The Deer; Understanding.

Blood Songs

Label: D Clef Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: The Madness Within; Trajectory; Mom's Song; Modern Man; Force; Interrupted; Parental Units; The More I See You; Hospital Room Blues.


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