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Behn Gillece

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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

Album

Play On

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Play On; Random; Asami's Playland; Rebecca's Dance; Into The Shadows; Abe Duct; Armageddon; Something From Nothing; The Essential Passion; Visions; Lew's Loose; The Dream; Short Count

Album

Hindsight

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Tipping Point; Hindsight; Walking the Plank; Things Fall Apart; Requiem; In Short Supply; Going Viral; Paradise Lost; For Ellis

Album

Firefly

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Spider's Dance; Mindful Moments; Move Of The Spirit; Iris; Daybreak; Surge Fughetta; Surge Capacity; La Donna Nel Giardino; Rootless Ruthlessness; Lady Day; Vilet Sky; The Firefly Code.

Album

Still Doing Our Thing

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Extraction; Rattles; Still Doing Our Thing; Blue Sojourn; Glad To Be Back; Outnumbered; Event Horizon; Back To Abnormal; Going On Well; Don't Despair

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Article: Album Review

Behn Gillece: Still Doing Our Thing

Read "Still Doing Our Thing" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


2020 was an unusual year to say the least, much in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This resulted in global restrictions, causing people to make drastic changes in everyday life. The situation was particularly challenging for musicians. For one thing, live performances were on hiatus, creating new problems for players who relied on performing live. ...

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Alexa Tarantino: Firefly

Read "Firefly" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The twenty-first century sees many of us talking to a cloud-based artificial intelligence: “Alexa, play my music." And so she does. The time frame also sees the emergence of a talented human Alexa--Alexa Tarantino, who plays her music, on Firefly, the woodwindist's third album release on Posi- Tone Records, an evolutionary leap forward— conceptually and compositionally—from ...

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Charlie Porter: Hindsight

Read "Hindsight" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Portland based trumpeter/composer Charlie Porter is back, and following the trend industry wide over the past year, has released a finely crafted collection of pieces attached to a social narrative. Hindsight examines how we act in hindsight dealing with the long term societal struggles of racism, corruption and inequality. While two of the pieces feature the ...

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Out To Dinner: Play On

Read "Play On" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Record producers don't always get the same amount of attention as the musicians featured on an album, but their role and influence is vital in the recording process. Take The Beatles' producer, George Martin, for example. His involvement brought the music to a new level. This is also the case with Blue Note co-founder Alfred Lion, ...

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New Faces: New Sounds

Read "New Sounds" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


What to listen for in a recording curated by a veteran producer that features a group of young, up-and-coming musicians with skillsets rooted in the bop, hard bop and modal continuum? When the styles are familiar, it's best to start with the material. If the tunes routinely sound like they're made of parts lifted from the ...


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