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NEWS: RECORDING

Tenor Saxophonist Lawrence Clark To Celebrate The Release Of His Sophomore Album "Inner Visions" Featuring Jeremy Pelt And Duane Eubanks

Tenor Saxophonist Lawrence Clark To Celebrate The Release Of His Sophomore Album "Inner Visions" Featuring Jeremy Pelt And Duane Eubanks

Tenor saxophonist Lawrence Clark will celebrate the release of his sophomore album Inner Visions on August 9, 2019, with a special concert at The LetLove Inn in Astoria, NY. His new album, offered through the European Jazz Tribes label, features trumpeters Jeremy Pelt and Duane Eubanks with David Bryant, piano and Rhodes; Darrell Green, drums; and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Omar Sosa: Bringing The World To The World

Read "Omar Sosa: Bringing The World To The World" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Pianist/composer Omar Sosa was born in Cuba in the first decade of Fidel Castro's rule over the island, and grew up listening to forbidden American jazz with his music school friends in secret, the radio discretely turned low, though eventually the rules changed and the music was broadcast in Cuba, too. After Cuba and a short ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Bass: Gone

Read "Gone" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Gone, as pianist and composer Dave Bass reflects in his notes to this fine album, has many meanings: for the Beat Generation, it was a state of mind, but it can also suggest physical absence. Bass himself was gone for 20 years--out of the music business, following a wrist fracture in the mid-1980s. He studied law, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Bass: Gone

Read "Gone" reviewed by Edward Blanco

California Deputy Attorney General, Dave Bass, is a legal eagle who has, once again, immersed himself in the musical passion that was his first love, soaring mightily on the impressive Gone. An attorney by profession and a pianist by design, Bass once supported himself as a musician, early on in his life, where he worked both ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Dave Bass Quartet Featuring Ernie Watts, Babatunde Lea, Mary Stallings, and Gary Brown Release "Gone"

Dave Bass Quartet Featuring Ernie Watts, Babatunde Lea, Mary Stallings, and Gary Brown Release "Gone"

David Bass on Gone

The word Gone has several meanings for me...

There's the 20-plus years I was away from the music scene, then there's the feeling when your lover leaves and your heart breaks... alone and empty, and finally, the beatnik/hipster notion of an irrevocably cool person.

I have returned to music and am proud ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

David Bass: Gone

Read "Gone" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

If Dave Bass ever decides to give up his day job as a Deputy Attorney General, he can validate that decision based on the quality of Gone. Bass returns to jazz after more than twenty years, but his priors include stints with Bobby McFerrin, global percussionist Babatunde Lea, and interpretive jazz vocalist Jackie Ryan. His Gone ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Babatunde Lea Quintet tributes Leon Thomas at Catalina Bar & Grill

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Babatunde Lea Quintet
Tribute to Leon Thomas
Catalina Bar & Grill
Hollywood, California
March 10, 2010
Four musicians quietly walked onto the Catalina Bar & Grill stage greeted by enthusiastic applause. But where was the bandleader? From the dressing room, Babatunde Lea sang to the packed room, with ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Visionary Percussionist Babatunde Lea's "Umbo Weti" - A Musical Tribute to Leon Thomas

Visionary Percussionist Babatunde Lea's "Umbo Weti" - A Musical Tribute to Leon Thomas

Visionary Drummer/Percussionist Babatunde Lea Releases UMBO WETI - A Musical Tribute to Legendary Jazz Vocalist & Songwriter Leon Thomas Percussion virtuoso Babatunde Lea first envisioned a tribute to legendary jazz vocalist and composer Leon Thomas shortly after the singer passed in 1999. The efforts reach fruition on Lea's latest release for the Motma label, UMBO WETI. Featuring ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Babatunde Lea: Suite Unseen: Summoner of the Ghost

Read "Suite Unseen: Summoner of the Ghost" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The summoner of the ghost goes on an African-inspired journey in jazz on Suite Unseen. That certainly says something for the music, and if that tag is the bait, then band of musicians that Babatunde Lea has gathered for the adventure is the lure. And there is no disappointment on this exciting journey with the call ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Babatunde Lea: Suite Unseen: Summoner of the Ghost

Read "Suite Unseen: Summoner of the Ghost" reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli

Suite Unseen: Summoner of the Ghost is yet another practical reminder that one should never judge an album by its cover. Or its shamanistic title or overwritten liner notes, for that matter. What looks conspicuously like a sprawling world music effort is actually a relatively straight-ahead jazz session linked by African folk chants and Afro-Caribbean polyrhythms. ...