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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Meeting of the Spirits: John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring at the Michigan Theater

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Jimmy Herring and The Invisible Whip + John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension
Meeting of the Spirits Tour
Michigan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
November 15, 2017

When it comes to virtuosi, guitarist John McLaughlin ranks high in the jazz fusion world. Having the early fortune to connect with legendary drummer ...

Matt Slocum: Trio Pacific, vol. 1

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"In queste session--dice Matt Slocum--ero interessato a sviluppare una struttura compositiva più aperta, pensata per l'approccio estetico del trio. Questa formazione sembra adattarsi meglio all'interazione collettiva che all'affermazione di lunghi assoli individuali. È ancora un formato relativamente nuovo, essendo appena un anno che suoniamo in trio ma sento un'intensa connessione musicale, la più forte mai provata." ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Matt Slocum Presents "Trio Pacific, Vol. 1" Featuring Dayna Stephens, Steve Cardenas, and Matt Slocum

Matt Slocum Presents "Trio Pacific, Vol. 1" Featuring Dayna Stephens, Steve Cardenas, and Matt Slocum

Available October 7, 2016 on Chandra Records
U.S. Tour Dates: October 18 through November 9 “Slocum served the music with a focus on dynamic micro-detail, which in turn allowed his musicians to say even more. It’s a cerebral concept, one that comes to fruition on Black Elk’s Dream… Like Wayne Shorter’s classic Blue Note albums, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Matt Slocum: Black Elk's Dream

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In Italia lo si conosce con il nome di Alce Nero, celeberrimo capo militare e religioso degli indiani sioux. A lui è dedicato questo ambizioso CD, votato alla traduzione musicale della spiritualità degli indiani d'America. Vi predomina un'aura malinconica e riflessiva che attualizza l'eredità coltraniana lungo un tappeto sonoro circolare, sempre in mutazione. Le dodici parti ...

Matt Slocum: Black Elk's Dream

Read "Black Elk's Dream" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Musicians always aim to tell a story with their music, but drummer Matt Slocum goes one better on Black Elk Speaks: Slocum uses a story--an entire individual's history, in fact--to shape his own telling of musical tales.

On his third release, following Portraits (Chandra Records, 2009) and After The Storm (Chandra Records, 2011), ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Matt Slocum, Black Elk's Dream Available April 1, 2014 On Chandra Records Featuring Walter Smith III, Dayna Stephens, Gerald Clayton And Massimo Biolcati

Matt Slocum, Black Elk's Dream Available April 1, 2014 On Chandra Records Featuring Walter Smith III, Dayna Stephens, Gerald Clayton And Massimo Biolcati

US Tour April 3-10, NYC record release performance: April 24 at The Kitano Black Elk's Dream, drummer/composer Matt Slocum's most adventurous and visceral recording to date, features eleven new original works as well as Pat Metheny's “Is This America?". Inspired by the visionary Native American leader Black Elk and the book Black Elk Speaks, Slocum composed and arranged ...

ARTICLE: TALKIN' BLUES

Jimmy Herring: Talkin' Blues, Bluegrass and More

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The spark of bringing together unusual combinations, like a classically trained bluegrass fiddler, a Cameroonian bassist, and a high energy guitarist, could have resulted in a musical culture clash, but for Jimmy Herring the bet paid off. While he might be modest and deferential on a personal level, his latest album is bold and expansive. It ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jimmy Herring: Subject to Change without Notice

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It's been four years since Lifeboat (Abstract Logix, 2008), guitarist Jimmy Herring's outstanding debut as leader. Herring hasn't been idle though, recording and touring with Widespread Panic. And given that it took several decades to make the first CD, four years isn't so long to wait for another-especially one this good. The emphasis is emphatically on ...

NEWS: EVENT

LAJC Artist Beat: Matt Slocum Trio CD Release @ Blue Whale, Los Angeles, CA, Thursday 10/13

LAJC Artist Beat: Matt Slocum Trio CD Release @ Blue Whale, Los Angeles, CA, Thursday 10/13

New York drummer and former Angelino Matt Slocum moved to New York in 2007, three years after graduating from USC, where he studied with Peter Erskine among others, and the influence of his former mentor can be heard throughout Slocum's latest offering, After the Storm. À la Erskine, Matt's playing has elements that link traditional jazz ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Various Artists: The New Universe Music Festival 2010 - Abstract Logix Live!

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Various Artists
The New Universe Music Festival 2010: Abstract Logix Live!
Abstract Logix
2011

On November 20-21 2010, Raleigh, North Carolina became the destination for fans of cutting edge fusion/improvised music, drawn from all over the world by the embarrassment of riches that the New Universe Music festival offered in tribute ...