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Azar Lawrence

Azar Lawrence led a very musical childhood and began playing drums at the age of five and moved onto violin and piano under the direction of his mother Ima Lawrence. Ima, a gifted musician and teacher from whom Azar received his acute flair for all things music has shaped many successful musicians. Azar began playing with the USC JR Orchestra at the age of five. He played violin until the age of 8. He performed vocals accompanied by his mother during elementary school where she taught sixth grade and music At age eleven he began hearing a different musical voice. He was an accomplished pianist, violinist and vocalist in his own right at the time. He thought it was time to learn viola

ARTICLE: THE VINYL POST

Summer Solstice

Read "Summer Solstice" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Founded in 1949 by Bob Weinstock, the Prestige label was home to some of the best hard bop, swing, and blues music of the '50s and '60s. The diversity of the catalog through subsidiary labels such as Swingville and Bluesville was nothing short of extraordinary. Be it spoken word albums, Southern blues, or the folk strains ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Steve Williamson & Guildhall Jazz Orchestra: Celebrating Coltrane at Milton Court

Read "Steve Williamson & Guildhall Jazz Orchestra: Celebrating Coltrane at Milton Court" reviewed by Chris May

Steve Williamson / Guildhall Jazz Orchestra / Scott Stroman Milton Court Concert Hall Celebrating Coltrane London July 10, 2019 The word “legendary" is bandied around so indiscriminately these days that it has all but lost its meaning. London saxophonist Steve Williamson is among a tiny number ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dr. Mark Lomax, II: 400: An Afrikan Epic

Read "400: An Afrikan Epic" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The origins of the continent's name are not clear, but in the language of most of its inhabitants, the spelling is Afrika. The colonizers from Portugal, Britain and France adulterated the spelling for uniformity to their own phonics beginning in the fifteenth century, as they launched the cultural marginalizing of tens of millions. Dr. Mark Lomax ...

Elementals

Label: HighNote Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: La Bossa; Eye Of The Needle; Elementals; Brazilian Girls; Solar Winds; Koko; African Chant; Sing To The World; It’s Easy To Remember; Karma Sutra.

ARTICLE: RADIO

New Sounds - Walter Smith III, John Escreet and Maisha

Read "New Sounds - Walter Smith III, John Escreet and Maisha" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Demonstrating the wide variety of music in the jazz world recent releases from Walter Smith, John Escreet and Maisha are featured on this show. With other material, old and new, in between, there is mixed bag of styles, and, sounds on display. Playlist Walter Smith III “Ask Me Now" from Twio (Whirlwind) 00:00 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hanna Paulsberg Concept + Magnus Broo: Daughter Of The Sun

Read "Daughter Of The Sun" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Fourteen centuries before Cleopatra, queen Hatshepsut became one of the few women to rule Egypt. Artworks at the time portrayed her with masculine muscles and a Pharaonic beard, but these icons were smashed to smithereens in Hatshepsut's burial chamber. Clearly she upset the male hierarchy back then. Three and a half thousand years later, this fourth ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nicola Conte: Let Your Light Shine On

Read "Let Your Light Shine On" reviewed by Chris May

Italian guitarist, bandleader, crate digger and DJ Nicola Conte's journeys into musics originating from beyond Europe—be they Brazilian, Hindustani, Latin American or African—sometimes carry a touch of the touristic about them, but his work is so transparently heartfelt that it never becomes a problem. It is also, always, superbly well crafted. Conte identifies Let Your Light ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

A Vintage Year For Jessica Felix And The Healdsburg Jazz Festival

Read "A Vintage Year For Jessica Felix And The Healdsburg Jazz Festival" reviewed by Arthur R George

It's a 20th anniversary vintage year for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, pouring over the first ten days of this coming June, in the Sonoma County “wine country" 70 miles north of jny:San Francisco. That there is a festival at all is due to the tenacity of its artistic director Jessica Felix, who planted jazz in Healdsburg ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Azar Lawrence: Elementals

Read "Elementals" reviewed by Chris May

Azar Lawrence sounds more like John Coltrane than John Coltrane ever did. Well, almost. Mid-period Coltrane that is, post Atlantic Records and the sheets of sound, when Coltrane starting to record for Impulse with producer Bob Thiele. The closeness of the resemblance is longstanding and uncanny, but it has not been a cynical pose designed to ...


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