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Behn Gillece

After a decade on the New York jazz scene, vibraphonist Behn Gillece has built a solid reputation as a virtuosic instrumentalist and prolific composer. Following the release of Walk of Fire, his last album, Gillece was named the Downbeat Rising Star for Vibraphone in 2018. His new installment, Parallel Universe has just been released on the Posi-Tone label. Parallel Universe showcases Gillece’s compositions with a dynamic sextet featuring trumpeter Bruce Harris, tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard, pianist Art Hirahara, bassist David Wong, and drummer Rudy Royston. His earlier releases, Walk of Fire, Dare to Be and debut album Mindset, received excellent reviews in reputable jazz periodicals such as Downbeat and Jazziz

Solid Moments

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Barreling Through; Silver Bullet; Over The Fence; Snow Child; Event Horizon; Maxwell Street; You And I; The Move; Ashes; Dock's House; Motion; Theme For Kareem.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Various Artists: Tales Of Wonder: A Jazz Celebration Of Stevie

Read "Tales Of Wonder: A Jazz Celebration Of Stevie" reviewed by Kyle Simpler

There aren't many songwriters who have reached a level of success comparable to Stevie Wonder. He is one of the most important figures in American music, and to celebrate his 70th birthday, Posi-Tone records is releasing Tales of Wonder: A Jazz Celebration of Stevie. This compilation, performed by some of the label's excellent roster of musicians, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Idle Hands: Solid Moments

Read "Solid Moments" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Producer and Posi-Tone co-head Marc Free wears a lot of hats, including those of curator and cooperative chemist. Since 2018, Free has been piecing together various outfits and concepts, tipping his hat to touchstones, adding new slants to his label's rich catalog and engaging in outreach and audience development in the process. Not content to simply ...

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The Hall Overton Centennial & More

Read "The Hall Overton Centennial & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

February birthdays on Gift & Messages with the Hall Overton centennial. We feature his arrangement of “Little Rootie Tootie" for the Thelonious Monk Orchestra, where Hall takes the piano solo from the Monk's first trio recording and orchestrates it for the entire big band! You'll hear both back-to-back. Stunning, for the arrangement and the playing, is ...

Out To Dinner - Different Flavors

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Day Zero; Magic Square; Blue Sojourn; Skittles; Night Glow; Pay The Piper; Rio; Spun Around; Grave Concerns; Two Down

Parallel Universe

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Break the Ice; Bossa for R.M.; Parallel Universe; Ready for Tomorrow; Smokescreen; Eviscerate; Downpour; Shadow of the Flame; Evening Glow; Alice's Journey; Candle In The Dark

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Out To Dinner?

Read "Out To Dinner?" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Featured this time around is a great new album from “supergroup" Out to Dinner featuring Behn Gillece, Michael Dease. Tim Green, Boris Kozlov and Rudy Royston. Also featured a great meeting between Terkel Nørgaard and Ralph Alessi plus a selection of other excellent new music including a preview of the long awaited release of Miles Davis ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Something Blue: Maximum Enjoyment

Read "Maximum Enjoyment" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Maximum Enjoyment is a curated effort by Posi-Tone producer Marc Free to feature the label's artists individually and collectively. The recording features a talented front-line of alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino, trombonist Nick Finzer, and tenor saxophonist Sam Dillon, backed by an uber rhythm section featuring pianist Art Hirahara, bassist Boris Kozlov, and drummer Rudy Royston.

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Blue Note 50th Anniversaries for March

Read "Blue Note 50th Anniversaries for March" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We're off to Van Gelder's for Blue Note sessions from March 1969, including tracks originally from the Elvin Jones LP The Prime Element with Lee Morgan, George Coleman, and Joe Farrell. And there's Blue Note #7 from 1939, as well as 21st century music that grabbed my ears. Enjoy the show. Next week: listener favorites and ...


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