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ARTICLE: OPINION

Death, Rebirth & New Revolution

Read "Death, Rebirth & New Revolution" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The death knell has often been sounded for jazz and many would argue that the last revolution in jazz took place as the '60s handed the baton to the '70s, with the electronic-influenced jazz typified by trumpeter Miles Davis' ground breaking albums In a Silent Way (Columbia, 1969) and Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). Many believe that ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Chris Flaherty Big Band: Turning Point

Read "Turning Point" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The city of Leeds, in the northern county of West Yorkshire, has developed a reputation in recent years as one of the UK's hotbeds of contemporary jazz and improvised music. But Yorkshire jazz isn't just about being cutting edge or pushing envelopes: there's also a strong affinity with the music's history and traditions; an affinity that ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio: The 11th Gate

Read "The 11th Gate" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il trombonista britannico Dennis Rollins debutta con un insolito trio, al fianco dell'organista Ross Stanley e del batterista Pedro Segundo. Ispirati dalla porta mistica dell' 11-11-11, i tre musicisti presentano una raccolta di brani originali ad eccezione di “Freedom Jazz Dance" di Eddie Harris. Apre la scaletta “Samba Galactica" in un intreccio di stili su cui prevalgono Samba ...

Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio: The 11th Gate

Read "The 11th Gate" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

For more than two decades, British trombonist Dennis Rollins has played alongside Maceo Parker, Courtney Pine, The Brand New Heavies and others in and around his home base in the United Kingdom. Rollins' first international release, The 11th Gate came about from a simple conversation Rollins had with Pine, who wondered if it was possible for ...

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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio: The 11th Gate

Read "The 11th Gate" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Some dates, like Cinco de Mayo or the fourth of July, are cause for celebration year-after-year because of historical context within specific cultures, while others--like 11/11/11--are global, party-worthy phenomena that celebrate a numerical oddity that will only occur once. This specific date marked the 47th birthday of British trombonist Dennis Rollins and served as the prime ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Dennis Rollins' Velocity Trio's "The 11th Gate" Digitally Released in the US on 11.11.11

11.11.11. the date that is attributed by many to have metaphysical and mystical implications, will certainly prove to be an auspicious date for UK-based trombonist Dennis Rollins, whose CD with his Velocity Trio, The 11th Gate, will be released digitally in the US to coincide with its release in the UK and Europe. For 25 years British ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Ray Brown's Great Big Band / NYJO / Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra

Read "Ray Brown's Great Big Band / NYJO / Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Ray Brown's Great Big Band

Kayak

Brown Cats Productions

2010

Sixteen years have passed since Ray Brown's Great Big Band (love that name!) recorded Impressions of Point Lobos, one of the stellar albums of 1994. Brown has ended that prolonged hiatus with Kayak, which should brighten many a listener's catalog ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jay Phelps: Jay Walkin'

Read "Jay Walkin'" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Canadian-born trumpeter Jay Phelps moved to the UK at the age of 17. Since his arrival Phelps has gathered much valuable experience with acts such as Dennis Rollins (who guests on Jay Walkin''s “10 Years"), Tomorrow's Warriors and the award-winning Empirical, before embarking on this debut recording as leader at the age of 28. It's paid ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jay Phelps: Swing Is The New Avant-Garde

Read "Jay Phelps: Swing Is The New Avant-Garde" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

At the age of 28, trumpeter Jay Phelps already has a broad range of musical experiences under his belt, including co-founding the award-winning jazz group Empirical. Releasing his debut album as a leader, Jay Walkin' (Specific Records, 2010), seems like a natural next step. But Phelps is clearly not a man to be rushed. The album ...