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Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra: I Go Humble

Read "I Go Humble" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Until this new CD crossed the threshold, the name Bjork was no more than that within these precincts. As it turns out, Bjork is a she, an Icelandic singer / songwriter whose given name is Bjork Gudmundsdottir. Apparently, saxophonist / arranger Travis Sullivan is an avowed enthusiast, as he has not only named his big band ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Travis Sullivan's Björkestra: I Go Humble

Read "I Go Humble" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Björk isn't a member of the jazz community, but the jazz community has had no problem embracing her. Musicians as different as vocalist Kate McGarry and drummer Jeff “Tain" Watts have explored the eclectic Icelandic singer's work and put their own stamp on her intoxicating music, but they each left her catalog after a single-song visit. ...

Sean Nowell: The Kung-Fu Masters

Read "The Kung-Fu Masters" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

New York City-based saxophonist Sean Nowell has found a home with the increasingly prominent West Coast modern jazz record label, Posi-Tone Records. His fourth release highlights the turbo-powered acoustic-electric band, The Kung-Fu Masters. Word has it that the ensemble has been creating a buzz in The Big Apple, and in recent times has acted like a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sean Nowell: The Kung-Fu Masters

Read "The Kung-Fu Masters" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Kung-Fu Masters isn't simply another album for tenor saxophonist Sean Nowell; it's the recorded coming out party for a band and concept that he's been tweaking and promoting for years. Nowell has been field testing this project in New York jazz spots like 55 Bar, and his website contains various recorded performances of the group ...

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Sean Nowell: Stockholm Swingin'

Read "Stockholm Swingin'" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Sean Nowell has lent his talents to a diverse array of bands including Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra and his own Kung-Fu Masters, working across numerous musical styles. On Stockholm Swingin', the tenor saxophonist's third Posi-Tone release, he stays in recognizably straight-ahead territory, bringing his impressively wide-ranging and imaginative tenor sound to a live quintet recording from the ...

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Sean Nowell: Stockholm Swingin'

Read "Stockholm Swingin'" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Tenor saxophonist Sean Nowell's third CD is an engaging set of music that was recorded live at the Glen Miller Café in Stockholm at the end of a fourteen-day tour through Sweden. Nowell's band mate in Travis Sullivan's Björkestra, drummer Joe Abba, and a solid crew of Swedish musicians help to flesh out this riveting set ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Sean Nowell - Stockholm Swingin' (2011)

Sean Nowell - Stockholm Swingin' (2011)

A blossoming career that started in Birmingham, Alabama recently had a stop all the way over in Stockholm, Sweden. For tenor saxophonist Sean Nowell's third album (all of which are on Posi-Tone Records, by the way), Nowell and drummer Joe Abba flew over to Sweden, joined Frederik Olsson (guitar), Leo Lindberg (piano), and Lars Ekman (bass), ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Sean Nowell and Kung-Fu Masters w/Ari Hoenig @ The 55 Bar - 1/27/11

Sean Nowell and Kung-Fu Masters w/Ari Hoenig @ The 55 Bar - 1/27/11

Thursday, January 27th, 2011 KUNG-FU MASTERS with ARI HOENIG @ THE 55 BAR
10pm-1am
55 Christopher St btw/6th and 7th Ave
West Village New York
55bar.com Featuring: Sean Nowell—Tenor Sax/Fx/Compositions
Randy Runyon—Guitar
Art Hirahara—Keys
Evan Marien—Electric Bass
Ari Hoenig—Drums Mixed Meter Jazz/Funk Explosion WHAT THEY ...

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Colin Dean: Shiwasu

Read "Shiwasu" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Young New York bassist Colin Dean is adept at playing the music of different genres as his jazz debut Shiwasu demonstrates, with its influences from world music and hip-hop styles. Dean is very comfortable in other genres; in fact after graduating from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, he formed the Roots and Groove ...

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Colin Dean: Shiwasu

Read "Shiwasu" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

"It's so relaxing," says the person introduced to a type of jazz found to be pleasing, palatable--and inoffensive. The challenge for an artist is to create ambient music that can be accepted by those unfamiliar with jazz, without putting others to sleep. Acoustic bassist Colin Dean makes it happen with Shiwasu.

Dean was born ...