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Larry Carlton Revisits Sounds of Philadelphia

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Soulful sounds may have started in Motown or Memphis, but for many, it's the sounds of Philadelphia that captured their hearts.

That's certainly the case for Larry Carlton, who released a collection of the biggest hits penned by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff on his 335 Records label, in February, 2011. Many of ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Posi-Tone Records: Creating a New Iconic Catalogue

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When Posi-Tone Records founder Marc Free was growing up, he looked forward to each new record purchase, cherishing the cover artwork, devouring the liner notes and most of all, feasting on the music. He came to love the music and albums issued by iconic labels such as Blue Note and Impulse!, knowing that even if he ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jeff Berlin: Still the Ace of Bass

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Through the course of a four-decade career, Jeff Berlin has refused to end his musical quest. He crafted a popping, percussive style so thoroughly ingrained in the recordings of the 1980s, it's nearly ubiquitous. His work with Bill Bruford, whom he met during a stint with Yes, led to further innovations in playing.

More recently, ...

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Bassist Jeff Berlin Interviewed at All About Jazz

Bassist Jeff Berlin Interviewed at All About Jazz

Through the course of a four-decade career, Jeff Berlin has refused to end his musical quest. He crafted a popping, percussive style so thoroughly ingrained in the recordings of the 1980s, it's nearly ubiquitous. His work with Bill Bruford, whom he met during a stint with Yes, led to further innovations in playing. More recently, he's been developing a contrapuntal ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ralph Bowen: Due Reverence

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Saxophonist Ralph Bowen's Due Reverence is a too-short set of tributes to horn players who've made an impression on Bowen. The five tunes were written in the styles of players Ted Dunbar, Bob Mintzer, James Scott, Phil Nimmons and Robert Dick.

Bowen gets backing from a strong quartet--Sean Jones on trumpet, Adam Rogers on guitar, ...

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N. Glenn Davis: Come Right In

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The N. Glenn Davis Quartet resurrects the sound of classic bebop on Come Right In, presenting a set of 10 tunes arranged by Davis, three enhanced by saxophone giant Phil Woods.



Woods plays magnificently on two Davis originals--the opening “A Different Day" and “Just a Tadd," as well as “If You Could ...

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Worst Pop Band Ever: Dost Thou Believeth in Science?

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The Worst Pop Band Ever may not live up to its name, but this Canadian combo is working hard to produce some innovative sounds melding jam-band jazz with sound effects, courtesy of turntablist Leo37, on Dost Thou Believeth in Science?. The release features nine original compositions and makes use of Leo37's skills to varying degrees. Bassist ...

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Royce Campbell: The Art of Chord Solo Guitar

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Royce Campbell's The Art of Chord Solo Guitar extends his considerable collection of solo guitar releases, this time working on a series of standard tunes.

Campbell's extensive résumé includes stints with everyone from Marvin Gaye and Eddie Harris to Henry Mancini, and it's clear he's used his professional time to gain the skills necessary ...

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Eric Harland: Searching the Patterns in Life

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Drummer Eric Harland is between gigs, just back from a dates and clinics in Japan and getting ready to head to Europe. He's got new recordings out with several bands-- including the Charles Lloyd Quartet, The Monterey Quartet with Dave Holland and Jason Moran--and a handful of compositions to get recorded with his own group.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Big Train: Travels

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Big Train, a quartet composed of pianist Jeremy Bacon, drummer Jeff Ballard, saxophonist Justin Flynn and bassist Ugonna Okegwo, showcase nine original compositions on Travels, with songwriting duties split between Bacon and Flynn.

This third recording shows Big Train to be full of flexibility, tackling complex rhythms while still swinging strongly throughout.

Flynn ...