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The Cookers, Mingus Big Band and Cyrus Chestnut

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The Cookers
New York, NY
September 15, 2016

The Cookers are an all-star septet that takes its name from the classic Freddie Hubbard album, The Night Of The Cookers, a 1965 live effort from the master trumpeter who passed in 2008. A somewhat fluid lineup earlier in ...


Jazz Recording Artist Matt Savage Releases Summer Single - "Go On" - July 24th

Jazz Recording Artist Matt Savage Releases Summer Single  - "Go On" - July 24th

Matt Savage, Jazz recording artist, pianist and composer, is releasing Go On as a summer single on Friday, July 24th. Recorded at Avatar Studios in jny: New York City, Go On is a catchy jazz-fusion tune featuring Matt Savage on both piano and electric keyboard, with Brandon Wright (tenor saxophone), Tom Berkmann (bass) and Richie Barshay (drums). Go On ...


Brandon Wright: Journeyman

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Nella borsa da viaggio preparata dal sassofonista Brandon Wright ci sono tutti i migliori vestiti del perfetto interprete mainstream. In un'ora abbondante di musica troviamo up- tempo vertiginosi, languide ballad, fiammate di soul jazz, gli immancabili standard, ed una comparsata di Fender Rhodes giusto per essere à la page. A ciò si aggiungono musicisti di provata qualità che fanno correre ...


Mike LeDonne: Where There’s Smoke

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Mike LeDonne has more than made his mark in jazz over the years, on both piano and organ. One of the New York jazz scene's premier instrumentalists, he's long been a favorite of fellow musicians. “He is incredible," said the late Oscar Peterson, who once described how he would rush to hear LeDonne play every night ...


Brandon Wright: Journeyman

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Posi-Tone Records is known for showcasing nascent talent, often aligned with proven jazz warriors. With his sophomore release for the label, young tenor saxophonist Brandon Wright garners sympathetic and dynamic support from his ensemble, comprising time-honored vets, such as pianist David Kikoski and bassist Boris Kozlov. Drummer Donald Edwards transmits a holistic rhythmic stance with his ...


Brandon Wright: Journeyman

Read "Journeyman" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Saxophonist Brandon Wright sells himself a little short with the title he selected for his sophomore release. While he has been honing his skills while working in the employ of artists like trombonist John Fedchock, E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg and trumpet legend Doc Severinsen, he's hardly an apprentice at this point. Wright's debut--Boiling Point ...

Brandon Wright: Journeyman

Read "Journeyman" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Beware of album titles that seem to damn with faint praise. Although saxophonist Brandon Wright takes inspiration for the title of his second album from the words of novelist Cormac McCarthy, Journeyman is a term that usually conjures up an image of a reliable, hard-working, solid but uninspiring type of person. All admirable qualities, of course, ...


Ken Hohman's Best Releases of 2010

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Year end lists seem to overlook so much, but in a way that's a good thing. After all, it means that good jazz is plentiful these days. The truth of the matter is I spent a great deal of 2010 exploring all the overlooked releases from the past two years. And with so much jazz being ...


Kurt Elling Highlights Tanglewood Jazz Festival

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Tanglewood Jazz Festival
Lenox, MA
September 5-6, 2010
The Tanglewood Jazz Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts, is a Labor Day weekend tradition, and while it was scaled back somewhat this year, the event at the scenic Berkshire Mountains came off quite well again, highlighted by the outstanding Kurt Elling, and featuring again a live taping ...


Highlights from the 2010 Tanglewood Jazz Festival

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The annual Labor Day Weekend Tanglewood Jazz Festival took place this past weekend at the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Lenox, Massachusetts.
Rich Bradway, the new media guru at Boston Symphony Orchestra was our roving reporter capturing highlights from the festival with a handheld and presented new video featurettes on Saturday ...