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Dave Weckl: The Cymbal of Excellence

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Attention to details and impeccable standards coupled with a desirous curiosity and a wealth of talent have served Dave Weckl well. The savvy and astute musician has meticulously traversed the jazz and fusion world over the past few decades. Weckl is on a very short list when the topic of drumming icons is broached. Perhaps best ...

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Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call

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Peter Erskine is affable, engaging, and humorous. He, of course, is also one of the finest drummers of his generation. He has left his mark on the jazz and fusion world for nearly fifty years now. An icon, whose name is mentioned with the greats of all time, Erskine continues to gift us as he forges ...

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Tom Kennedy: In A New York Minute

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Riding high on the low end since arriving in New York City in 1984, premier jazz and fusion bassist Tom Kennedy has shared his groove and innate musicality all over the world. He has shared the stage and recording studio with a long list of varied and talented artists. Names like Michael Brecker, Steve Gadd, Lee ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1

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2018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal,
Various Venues,
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 3, 2018

Every return to Montréal for the city's annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is much-anticipated. Closing off six square blocks in the downtown core is rare enough; but, over ...

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Mike Stern: Half Crazy

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SoCal Jazz is back from safari to the auspicious Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. A follow-up with guitarist Mike Stern was the primary itinerary for this trip. Trip is the name of Stern's new record, just in case you missed the play on words. Unfortunately, Stern had a trip of another kind in 2016. How ...

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Mike Stern: What A Trip

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"I never trip. I just don't. But then, it just happened." This is how Mike Stern began his story as he explained to my wife and I how it happened.

If you somehow missed it, “it" refers to the tumble Stern took in July of 2016. This accidental fall resulting in both shoulders being ...

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Marius Preda: Mission Cimbalom

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Rarely does an instrument come along with a band leader that is so worthy of attention for bringing a new and unheard sound to the world of jazz. With Mission Cimbalom, Marius Preda has accomplished both in one album. Preda performs on a cimbalom, which is a concert hammered dulcimer: a type of chordophone composed of ...

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Lee Ritenour e Dave Grusin - Concerto e Masterclass a Roma

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Lee Ritenour e Dave Grusin
Forum Music Village
Live Session e Masterclass
Roma
26-27.03.2017

Lee Ritenour e Dave Grusin, forti di una collaborazione che dura da oltre 40 anni, sono due dei musicisti più direttamente legati alla musica fusion, genere che ha imperversato per almeno due decenni a partire ...

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Tom Kennedy: Points of View

Read "Points of View" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Tom Kennedy is one of those behind-the-scenes players who's been all over the place in the jazz world. His bass is adaptable to just about any context, simple or tricky; he's been recruited for a solid low end by players from crooner Tania Maria to prog wizard Derek Sherinian. One of his steadiest ongoing stints has ...

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Lee Ritenour at Scullers

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Lee Ritenour
Scullers
Boston, MA
October 4, 2015

Guitarist Lee Ritenour has made a career as such a versatile session man (with session work ranging from Joe Henderson to Pink Floyd) and has done so many smooth jazz and pop dates that hardcore jazz fans can be forgiven ...