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Rakalam Bob Moses: Song of the Free Will

Read "Song of the Free Will" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Though Ra Kalam Bob Moses is known primarily for his uncanny and profound drumming skills, few realize that he has forged a unique and highly personal piano style in parallel with his efforts as a percussionist, composer and bandleader. Few remember his wonderful band Compost with that other ineffable drummer / pianist, Jack DeJohnette. Compost recorded ...

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Plunge: In For The Out

Read "In For The Out" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Trombonist Mark McGrain is one of those guys who follows his own muse. Though he's not particularly prolific, each of his albums as a leader feature some truly profound music-making. In for the Out is no exception. On his fourth album as a leader, McGrain has re-invented himself, playing with an expanded New Orleans-based group and ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Discover The Jazz Innovators Of Tomorrow With New England Conservatory's "In The Mix"

Discover The Jazz Innovators Of Tomorrow With New England Conservatory's "In The Mix"

A Free Series of Concerts Showcasing New England Conservatory's Exceptional Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Ensembles 34 One-Hour Concerts Over 13 Evenings at NEC's Pierce Hall Monday, November 10 – Thursday, December 11 Discover the jazz innovators of tomorrow with In the Mix, 34 free 1-hour concerts, Monday, November 10 — Thursday, December 11, 2014 at New England ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Weller's Hanging Hearts: Chris Weller's Hanging Hearts

Read "Chris Weller's Hanging Hearts" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Composer and saxophonist Chris Weller was born and raised in Oak Park, IL. Weller sites his passion for music happened in eighth grade after hearing Charlie Parker. Weller attend Berklee College of Music on a scholarship from 2007-2010, where he received his bachelor's degree in Music Performance. While at Berklee, Weller studied with: George Garzone, Dave ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Copenhagen Jazz Festival
Copenhagen
July, 8-10, 2014

The ten-day Copenhagen Jazz Festival, with its 1,200 concerts, is maybe the largest of its kind in Europe. This number of concerts is the consequence of a unique concept. The core of the festival, with some international headliners, is a relatively small scale ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

New England Conservatory Launches Jazz Lab: One-week Jazz Program For Students Ages 14-18, From June 23-28

New England Conservatory Launches Jazz Lab: One-week Jazz Program For Students Ages 14-18, From June 23-28

Work With NEC’s Premier Jazz Faculty including Ken Schaphorst, Dominique Eade, Joe Morris and Rakalam Bob Moses Any plans for summer vacation? Come explore jazz at New England Conservatory during Jazz Lab, a program for students ages 14 – 18 of all proficiency levels, from all over the country and abroad. Jazz Lab promises musical and personal ...

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Darius Jones Quartet: Book of Mae'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise)

Read "Book of Mae'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise)" reviewed by Troy Collins

Book of Mæ'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) is the third release from Darius Jones to document his impressive musical growth as a bandleader. Beyond his salient contributions to groups such as Little Women, Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys and Tanakh, Jones' 2009 AUM Fidelity debut, Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing), established the young ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Darius Jones Trio: Big Gurl (Smell My Dream)

Read "Big Gurl (Smell My Dream)" reviewed by Troy Collins

Darius Jones' debut recording, Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) (AUM Fidelity, 2009), heralded the arrival of an important new voice on alto saxophone. Big Gurl (Smell My Dream) is the second release in an ongoing series of concept records slated to document Jones' personal development--from his origins in Richmond, Virginia to his relocation as ...

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Brian Landrus: Forward

Read "Forward" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Forward is a magical sonic journey charted by reeds and woodwinds master, Brian Landrus and explores the tonal depths of the ocean of sound that fewer saxophonists seem to traverse these days. Landrus plays baritone saxophone and bass clarinet on this adventure in sound, as well as alto flute, all of which makes for a breathtaking ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rakalam Bob Moses: Father's Day B'hash

Read "Father's Day B'hash" reviewed by Lyn Horton

Accepting the offer of a fellow instructor at the New England Conservatory for free studio time, drummer Rakalam Bob Moses assembled a band of evolving musicians and longtime collaborator Stan Strickland (tenor saxophonist and clarinetist), to record, on June 16, 2006, Father's Day B'Hash. Moses proposed ideas for saxophonists Strickland, Ommudra Thomas Arabia, Nick Videen, Luis ...