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Avery Sharpe: Legends & Mentors

Read "Legends & Mentors" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Bassist Avery Sharpe pays homage to three jazz musicians influential in his life: McCoy Tyner, Archie Shepp and Yusef Lateef. The ambitious and powerful Legends & Mentors provides Sharpe the opportunity to present his own music as well as the compositions of Tyner, Shepp and Lateef. The bassist has provided one section apiece for each artist, ...

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Avery Sharpe: Legends & Mentors

Read "Legends & Mentors" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Typically, when an instrumentalist or solo artist creates new music, the instrument carries most of the leads. That's not necessarily the case with acoustic bass players. In a class that includes Rufus Reid, Harvie S and Charles Fambrough, Avery Sharpe presents music that features the entire ensemble more than himself.

Sharpe, a native of Valdosta, ...

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Avery Sharpe: Legends & Mentors

Read "Legends & Mentors" reviewed by Budd Kopman

There are those who take jazz to be part of a larger racial identity, and hence define its characteristics within that framework. Others, however--while not neglecting jazz's origins--point to its essence being individual expression, with the main rule being that there are no rules. The tension between the two viewpoints is palpable; but in the end, ...