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Jay Thomas with the Oliver Groenewald NewNet: I Always Knew

Read "I Always Knew" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There aren't many jazz musicians who play both brass and woodwinds, fewer still who play them as well as the veteran Seattle-based virtuoso Jay Thomas (the word “virtuoso" is used with due care). On I Always Knew, recorded in January 2018 with German-born trumpeter / arranger Oliver Groenewald's NewNet, Thomas traverses the ballad form on a ...

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Michael Waldrop: Origin Suite

Read "Origin Suite" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Drummer / vibraphonist Michael Waldrop's intriguing Origin Suite (deftly arranged by Jack Cooper) sweeps away musical boundaries to make its points, one of which is that big-band jazz needn't be ensnared in a time warp but is capable of changing with the times to engender songs that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are thematically stylish. ...

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Bren Plummer: Moldy Figs

Read "Moldy Figs" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Bassist/Composer Bren Plummer has been walking that fine line between classical music and modern jazz since he first introduced himself to the jazz world via piano trio with his debut recording, Nocturnal (Bren Plummer Music, 2015). His musical energies have been directed into two respected orchestras in Washington state, the Yakima Symphony, and Symphony Tacoma. His ...

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Dave Anderson Quartet: Clarity

Read "Clarity" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Having built a reputation as an exceptional reedman in Seattle, Dave Anderson presents a sparkling debut on the melodically rich Clarity, alternating between alto and soprano saxophones on eight original compositions and two covers. Having performed extensively throughout North America with luminaries like Jim McNeely, Clark Terry and the late great Mel Tormé, Anderson moved to ...