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E. J. Strickland Quintet At Scullers Jazz Club

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EJ Strickland Quintet
Scullers Jazz Club
Boston, MA
September 21, 2017

“A lot of people ask, you know, what the state of jazz is. I love what's going on." E.J. Strickland's mellow baritone is measured and thoughtful as he spoke from behind the drum set. This is the last tune of the ...


Juan Pastor: Chinchano

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jny: Chicago based drummer/percussionist/composer Juan Pastor's latest release Chinchano represents a successful fusion of traditional latin rhythms, and modern jazz sensibilities. Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Pastor made his way to Chicago after studying at DePaul University. Featuring equal amounts of cajon, drum set, and other percussion items, Chinchano briskly covers a range of latin ...

Tom Guarna: Rush

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With his five recordings on Steeplechase since 2005's Get Together, it's hard not to think of him as a dyed-in-the-wool mainstreamer, but Tom Guarna's extracurricular activities tell a completely different story. He may love big fat hollowbody guitars and the Great American Songbook, but Guarna's work with George Colligan on Realization (Sirocco, 2005) and the stylistically ...


S.O.S.: Looking for the Next One

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With more and more archival “finds" hitting the shelves--real or virtual--it's becoming increasingly difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. Just because an old, long considered lost recording has resurfaced doesn't inherently make it worthy of release: sometimes the sound isn't up to snuff--though, if it's a stellar performance, that can sometimes be forgiven--but other ...


Ross Hammond: Holding onto the Wave

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Sacramento-based guitarist Ross Hammond has been steadily gaining attention, courtesy of a tireless performing schedule reinforced and documented by a series of diverse albums issued on his own Prescott Recordings imprint. Hammond's releases have featured a variety of instrumental lineups, ranging from lyrical solo recitals to frenetic collective improvisations. His most recent endeavor is Cathedrals (Prescott ...

Jonathan Blake: The Eleventh Hour

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Some debut recordings encapsulate all of an aspiring artist's diverse interests; others are less ambitious, and merely document a particular ensemble or performance. The Eleventh Hour, an expansive tour de force by rising drummer Jonathan Blake, is a prime example of the former. Blake's successful merger of styles should come as no surprise; in addition to ...


Rahsaan Barber: Everyday Magic

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An album title like Everyday Magic implies that inspired artistry can be as consistent and routine as the rising and setting of the sun and, while that's rarely the case, that philosophy basically rings true on this album. Saxophonist Rahsaan Barber put together a program of nine originals that detail his diversified stylistic portfolio and skills ...


Harris Eisenstadt: Canada Day II

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Are life events audible in music? They would certainly seem to be in the case of Canadian drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt. Half the tracks on Canada Day II were composed around the time of his son's birth. One track is dedicated to his youngster, and the genesis of two others was related to public schools, so Eisenstadt ...


Dave King Trucking Company: Good Old Light

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Branching out from his duties in The Bad Plus and Happy Apple, drummer Dave King formed the Dave King Trucking Company to explore a highly personalized take on Americana that he describes as “if the great Nashville bands of the '60s and '70s could improvise and were Coltrane fanatics." Building on this idea, King and company ...

Theo Saunders: Intergeneration

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Born into the cultural vortex that is New York City's Upper West Side and raised by Broadway theater-performing parents, Theo Saunders was destined for the creative life. By the time he graduated from New York's prestigious High School for the Performing Arts, Saunders knew his future would be made seated in front of a piano playing ...