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Brad Shepik

Guitarist, composer, educator Brad Shepik has recorded 9 albums with his groups Brad Shepik Organ Trio, Brad Shepik Quartet, Brad Shepik Trio, Human Activity Quintet, Brad Shepik and the Commuters. Since 1995 his ensembles have performed at major festivals and clubs across Europe and North America including The North Sea Jazz Festival, Garda Jazz Festival, Cologne Biennale Jazz Festival, Toulouse Jazz Festival, Bell Atlantic Festival, Verizon, Earshot, Caramoor Jazz Festival, Langnau Jazz Festival, Groningen, Salzburg, Jerez, Cadiz, Sevilla, American Guitar Festival, Leeds, Rochester Jazz Festival, Cork, Brussels, Edgefest and others. He currently performs solo concerts and with Brad Shepik Organ Trio, The Brad Shepik Quartet, Rambler, Combo Nuvo, Tom Beckham/Brad Shepik Duo, Balkan Peppers, Jamie Baum Septet, Matt Darriau's Paradox Trio, George Schuller's Circle Wide, Arthur Kell and others. He teaches Theory, Improvisation, World Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Chicago Blues, Balkan Music and private guitar at New York University and private guitar at New England Conservatory and City College of New York. As a sideman Brad appears on more than 70 recordings and has performed and recorded with Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Dave Douglas' Tiny Belll Trio, Combo Nuvo, Yuri Yunakov's Bulgarian Wedding Band, Pachora, Paradox Trio, Jay Clayton and others

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Believers

Label: Orenda Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Seven Crotales; Baraye Shoma; Nomadic Days; The Sigh; Waterwheel; Rêve Pour Louis; Fractured Water; Mona Mona.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Brad Shepik, Carles Benavent, New York Gypsy All Stars, Herbie Hancock, Soft Machine, Larry Coryell

Read "Brad Shepik, Carles Benavent, New York Gypsy All Stars, Herbie Hancock, Soft Machine, Larry Coryell" reviewed by Len Davis


Part 2 of our special segment featuring Ethnic Embraces taken from a series of articles from Mike Jacobs on all About Jazz called Backtracks featuring New York Gypsies, Carles Benavent and Brad Shepik. We then visit the seventies with music from Herbie Hancock, Brand X, Soft Machine, and Larry Coryel. Playlist New York Gypsy ...

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Article: BackTracks

Ethnic Embraces

Read "Ethnic Embraces" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


For the fourth installment in the continuing BackTracks series, we take a look at some notable releases that infuse their jazz with stylistic spice indigenous to different regions of the world—namely North Africa, the Iberian peninsula and the Balkans. As BackTracks was on a hiatus of sorts (and because these recordings seemed to emerge in matched ...

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Article: Album Review

Believers: Believers

Read "Believers" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


The three individuals making up Believers are each highly respected musical voices in their own right. Percussionist John Hadfield has performed and recorded with the likes of Nguyen Le and released an inspired duo EP with woodwind autodidact Lenny Pickett, called Heard by Others (Orenda Records, 2020). Sam Minaie, on the other hand, has played bass ...

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Moment of Clarity

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Heartland; Shapeshifter; Song for Everyone; Mary Oliver; Peekaboo; Moment of Clarity; Showdown.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Roundup Time

Read "Roundup Time" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Although the coronavirus has brought live music to a virtual standstill, recorded jazz has continued to pour out over the last few months. Here is a roundup of several recent releases that deserve some attention. Troy Roberts Stuff I Heard Toy Robot Music 2020 Troy Roberts goes ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New sounds from Postma, Gould and Shaw

Read "New sounds from Postma,  Gould and Shaw" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show new releases including: The seventh album from Dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma. Her first since 2014,  a come-back album as a leader. Together with trumpeter Ralph Alessi, bassist Matt Brewer, drummer Dan Weiss and featuring pianist Kris Davis she has delivered an excellent set. A remarkable live album from Bill ...

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Article: Album Review

Paul Shaw Quintet: Moment of Clarity

Read "Moment of Clarity" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Drummer Paul Shaw, best known as a reliable sideman in groups large and small, strides into the spotlight with panache as leader of his own quintet, having written every number on Moment of Clarity and entrusted them to the capable hands and singular talents of his earnest colleagues. He also gives those teammates ample space to ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Paradox Trio - The Balkan Side of Downtown NYC

Read "Paradox Trio - The Balkan Side of Downtown NYC" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


At some point in the '90s Balkan-tinged jazz was all the rage in the downtown scene that gravitated around the Knitting Factory and the Bell Café. Whereas many of the bands that were at the forefront of that movement are gone, a quarter century later, the Paradox Trio and its unique blend of jazz and creative ...


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