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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ezra Weiss Big Band: We Limit Not The Truth of God

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Composer / arranger Ezra Weiss's debut big-band recording, We Limit Not the Truth of God, is actually a suite written for his two young children to help them understand and embrace the often confusing and chaotic world in which we live. It is thus entirely appropriate that the album was recorded (with an audience) in a ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Phronesis, Art Hirahara, Marcus Klossek and a Posi-tone focus

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Featured on this show are new releases from Phronesis, Art Hirahara, and German guitarist Marcus Klossek. There is also a focus on the excellent Posi-tone label with great music from a selection of artists from their exciting roster. Recent ECM releases and classic cuts from Ornette Coleman and Miles Davis complete two hours of great jazz. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ezra Weiss Sextet: Before You Know It [Live In Portland]

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On Before You Know It, pianist / composer Ezra Weiss provides convincing evidence for the continued health and well-being of good old, straight ahead, gimmick-free modern acoustic jazz. The archetype for Weiss' beefy band and punchy charts would include Art Blakey's expanded Jazz Messenger lineups, some of McCoy Tyner's larger groups from the early-to-late 1970s, or ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ezra Weiss Sextet: Before You Know It [Live In Portland]

Read "Before You Know It [Live In Portland]" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Portland State University professor Ezra Weiss is a prominent pianist and composer in his own right who has several recordings to his credit and is a three-time winner of the prestigious ASCAP Young Composer Award. A traditionalist who prefers the straight ahead and modern jazz styles, Weiss delivers another gem on Before You Know It [Live ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ezra Weiss Sextet: Before You Know It [Live In Portland]

Read "Before You Know It [Live In Portland]" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Recorded over two nights in Portland's Ivories Jazz Lounge during late-2013, Before You Know It [Live In Portland] is pianist and composer Ezra Weiss' seventh album and his first live recording.

Weiss' previous releases have featured big bands (Our Path To This Moment [Roark Records, 2012]) and trios (The Shirley Horn Suite [Roark Records, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Farnell Newton's "Class is Now in Session" on House of Love Records Now Available

Farnell Newton's "Class is Now in Session" on House of Love Records Now Available

Trumpeter Farnell Newton is one of the most versatile musicians and educators in the Northwest, playing straight ahead jazz, smooth jazz, Latin music, soul, and hip hop. When he is not teaching at Portland State University's Jazz Department or working with his youth jazz group, PDX Jazz Project, he is touring, recording, and performing with sax man Mike Phillips (who ...

Take Five With Farnell Newton

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Meet Farnell Newton: Farnell Newton composer/trumpeter was born on March 21, 1977 in Miami, Florida where he was exposed to many forms of music from jazz, salsa, funk and hip-hop.

Instrument(s): trumpet.

Teachers and/or influences? My trumpet professors at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Marcus Belgrave, Kenny Davis and Bill Lucas. Dennis Reynolds from the ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Makin' It Happen - Farnell Newton

Makin' It Happen - Farnell Newton

The first time I saw Farnell Newton I had no idea who he was, but he made a big impression on me. I was in Portland for the night and dropped by Jimmy Maks to catch the Mel Brown Sextet. The band was cookin right along and I was enjoying the show greatly. Then a trumpet ...