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Philadelphia Jazz: A Brief History

Read "Philadelphia Jazz: A Brief History" reviewed by Jack McCarthy

This article was first published at the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia website.

Jazz began to emerge as a distinct musical style around the turn of the twentieth century, a merging of two vernacular African American musical styles—ragtime and blues—with elements of popular music. New Orleans, the “cradle of jazz," was the most important city ...

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David Binney: South

Read "South" reviewed by Julian Derry

South is a hauntingly beautiful album of outstanding compositional innovation. The sheer angularity of the opening horn phrase is like tiptoeing across an exposed arete, the cymbals nervously fluttering wisp-like at your heels, the thinnest melodic bridge that leads you to the relative safety of the song's harmonic center. Here you hunker down, comforted by the ...

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David Binney: South

Read "South" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

If a musical work aspires to the adventurous, it is essential to have musicians who can confidently navigate the terrain. Saxophonist David Binney has assembled such a crew on South : tenorist Chris Potter, guitarist Adam Rogers, pianist Uri Caine, and bassist Scott Colley, plus Brian Blade or Jim Black on drums.

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David Binney: South

Read "South" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

While saxophonist/composer David Binney has made a significant contribution to modern jazz with his involvement in the high-octane New York City-based outfit “Lan Xang," amid fine recordings on his “Mythology" label and numerous high profile session dates, the artist has eluded widespread recognition. However, Binney has steadily constructed a budding reputation as a strong composer who ...