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Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology

Read "Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology" reviewed by Duncan Heining

My intention here is to offer a detailed but inevitably incomplete chronology of poetry and jazz. The focus is solely on the combination of the two art forms in performance, not on poetry about jazz or jazz musicians or poetry inspired by jazz but not performed to music. My definition of 'poetry' is fairly broad and ...


Chris Massey & The NJP: Whosoever

Read "Whosoever" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Chris Massey's debut--Vibrainium (Self Produced, 2011)--was an Art Blakey-influenced quintet date that put a modern slant on the hard bop tradition; this follow-up follows the same guidelines, but puts a greater emphasis on the modern.

Massey tips his cap to those who came before him by including an always-in-style standard ("Old Devil ...

Jazz and Poetry: Impacted Gems

Read "Jazz and Poetry: Impacted Gems" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

The poetry of the Beats, the New York school and the Black Mountain school, as well as the jazz poets, all share a particularly heavy rhythmic feel and an earthy, gritty imagery that creates a kind of syncopation within itself. The scenes dance and bump up against each other, cutting and rubbing up against the beat. ...


Take Five With Chris Massey

Read "Take Five With Chris Massey" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Chris Massey:

Chris Massey is fast becoming one of the most talked about young talented players in the world of jazz. Growing up in small town Ohio where he picked up his first pair of drumsticks a the age of nine he took his first steps into his musical career as a Jazz Performance ...


Chris Massey Signs with the Spectra Jazz Record Label

Chris Massey Signs with the Spectra Jazz Record Label

Not often does a drummer start off a career with high praise and reviews from jazz critics—nor does a drummer provide the sort of recorded listening experience one leaves on continual play, but you'll have to hear drummer Chris Massey's New Jazz Project CD “Vibrainium"to believe it! We here at Spectra Jazz have kept Massey's CD in ...


JazzWeek Radio Chart: August 23, 2010

TWLW2WArtistTWLWMoveAddRptsPeakWks1——Jim Pearce I’m In The Twilight Of A Mediocre Career (Self Released)258—+258174411235Tamir Hendelman Destinations (Resonance)224195+2925124323Curtis Fuller I Will Tell Her (Capri)187201-14051110412Kenny Burrell Be Yourself (HighNote)176228-52150165——Esperanza Spalding Chamber Music Society (Heads Up)15029+121158516427Amina Figarova Sketches (Munich)143171-2824943764Michael Dease Grace (JLP)138139-104946851Fred Hersch Whirl (Palmetto)131147-160501991918Gregory Porter Water (Motema)125100+2513691010911Lee Ritenour’s 6 String Theory 6 String Theory (Concord)122125-3041391177Yotam Resonance (JLP)119133-1404541212812Steve Davis Images (Posi-Tone)115130-1503839131414Pat ...


Chris Massey: Vibrainium

Read "Vibrainium" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A tight, two horn front-line, strong solo personalities, an aggressive--yet flexible--rhythm section and first-rate compositions are all part of the package on drummer Chris Massey's Vibrainium. From the first notes of the album-opening “Galactus" to the end of “Mr. Twilight," Massey demonstrates a take-no-prisoners attitude and a willingness to explore different avenues of music with great ...


Chris Massey's "Nue Jazz Project" - Vibrainium (Self-Released)

Chris Massey's "Nue Jazz Project" - Vibrainium (Self-Released)

Saxophonist Wayne Shorter is one of the few jazz icons on record as a self-admitted comic book fan. The fantastic four-color mythologies of both Marvel and D.C. imprints have at least indirectly inspired several of his compositions over the decades, most conspicuously with the classic “Kryptonite." Drummer Chris Massey appears in possession of a similar admiration ...