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Fred Hess Big Band: Speak

Read "Speak" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

In the liner notes to Speak, saxophonist/band leader Fred Hess makes an important point: although the golden era of traveling big bands is long past, the big band format lives on in school ensembles, as well as through individuals such as himself, whose love for this format plows right through all the logistical difficulties. Anyone seeking ...

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Speak: Speak

Read "Speak" reviewed by John Barron

The Seattle-based quintet Speak explores a multitude of musical moods with their eponymous recording debut. An exemplary model of genre-defying music, the disc features original compositions that delve into odd-metered progressive rock grooves and spontaneous bursts of improvised sound that are at times explosive.

The opening cut “Amalgam in the Middle" makes anthemic pronouncements with an ...

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Michael Olatuja: Speak

Read "Speak" reviewed by Eugene Holley, Jr.

At its very best, pop music is supposed to be inclusive, and open to a wide variety of styles and genres; that's what makes it pop right? But what is heard on the Internet and the airwaves is at best formulaic, at worst uninspired and superficial. Along with that diagnosis there's the almost Apartheid-like exclusion of ...

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Paul Samuels: Speak

Read "Speak" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The rhythmic pulse of the drum is the heartbeat of music, yet a skilled jazz drummer can add more than just a steady beat--also providing vibrancy and color to the music.

Paul Samuels began learning this early on when his father took him to jazz concerts by musicians like McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie ...