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Tom Harrell: Roman Nights

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Since signing with the HighNote label in 2006, Tom Harrell has released the most significant CDs in his three decades-plus of recording. It's no coincidence that, for this same period, he has been leading a true dream band of younger players. His previous output for RCA was of the highest quality, particularly Paradise (2001), a unique ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Craig Handy: The Busiest Man In Jazz

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Saxophonist Craig Handy is a musician's musician. Those “in the know" know about him, which is why he's been a first call player in New York for over two decades. He is a careful, thoughtful improviser--expansive and precise. His solos build on a rich knowledge of the tradition at the same time as they often set ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Conrad Herwig's Latin Side All Star Band: Intensity On A Cold City Night

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Conrad Herwig's Latin Side All Star Band
The Blue Note
New York, New York
January 11, 2010

“Que Viva Miles, 'Trane, Herbie & Wayne."

For more than a decade, trombonist Conrad Herwig has created a highly identifiable niche in contemporary jazz with his series of Latin Side CDs, which began with the startling The ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Sun Ra Quartet in Italy, 1978

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The poet T.S. Eliot said “Mankind cannot take too much reality." Some people feel the same about keyboard player, bandleader and composer Sun Ra. Approaching Ra's output, both concert and studio recordings, can be daunting even for the initiated. Because the music was originally released in haphazard fashion, and has gone in and out of print ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Seamus Blake: Bellwether

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This is a great period for tenor players, with some of the best in our midst: Chris Potter, Jimmy Greene, Donny McCaslin, Marcus Strickland, and Seamus Blake, among others. Surfacing in the Mingus Big Band during the nineties, Blake's aggressive edginess was impressive in a group which took no prisoners. The tenor saxophonist more than held ...