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Braxton Cook

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Biography: As a young emerging saxophonist, Braxton Cook has already garnered several honors and accolades. While in high school, he had been honored to be one of 30 other high school musicians selected from a nationwide competition to participate in the 2009 Grammy Jazz ensemble, held during the same week as the Grammy Awards. Braxton had also been accepted into the Vail Jazz Workshop, a select group of musicians nationwide, where he studied with Jeff Clayton, John Clayton, Bill Cunliffe, Terrell Stafford and Lewis Nash. Shortly thereafter, he won a Gold medal in the 2009 National ACT-SO competition sponsored by the NAACP

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Feel The Love

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Feel The Love; Affectionately Roy; I'll Catch You; A Child Not Yet Born; The Bluest Eyes; Litoral; Pale; The Force Of Gravity; Laws Of Motion; Lawn Darts; Our Chosen Family.

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Article: Album Review

Farnell Newton: Feel The Love

Read "Feel The Love" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Posi-Tone Records produces coherent projects and maintains high standards in part by keeping things in-house; that is, frequently drawing on a substantial roster of affiliated artists to serve on a particular leader's record. A case in point is Feel The Love, Farnell Newton's third release for the label. While Newton's measured, concise, full-toned trumpet stylings and ...

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Article: Album Review

Farnell Newton: Feel The Love

Read "Feel The Love" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


When cellist Pablo Casals was 93 years old, someone asked him why he still spent hours a day practising. Casals humorously replied that it was because he was beginning to notice some improvement. Like Casals, many other musicians spend hours practising and, in most cases, this dedication comes purely from a true love of music. Trumpet ...

Album

Gabrielle Cavassa

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: It Was Supposed To Be A Love Song; Podcasts (ft. Braxton Cook); Jim; Oakland; To You My Love; Inside My Arms (ft. Braxton Cook); Vanity; Voice Memo at 19th & Judah; 19th & Judah (ft. Ashlin Parker); I Want To Talk About You

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Article: Album Review

Spirit Fingers: Peace

Read "Peace" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


Variety is said to be the spice of life and it's also a big plus for music. What stands out on this record is variety of the broadest measure. Pianist Greg Spero has a diverse resume that includes assembling this powerful quartet boasting guitarist Dario Chiazzolino and the mighty rhythm section of bassist Max ...

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Article: Interview

Camilla George: Warrior Charge

Read "Camilla George: Warrior Charge" reviewed by Chris May


In 2017, alto saxophonist and composer Camilla George's band was the support act for a Dee Dee Bridgewater gig at the London Jazz Festival. After George had finished her set, Bridgewater, who had been listening in the wings, came onstage, took the mike, and announced: “The world is safe because we have Camilla." Others in Cadogan ...

Album

Infinite Itinerant

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Rail Rush; Lift; Blue Road; Mad Voyage; Torpidity; Backbone; White Light; Positive; Perfumes And Sounds; Crossroads.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Lauren Desberg Is Out for Delivery

Read "Lauren Desberg Is Out for Delivery" reviewed by Lorens Chuno


On her new album, Out for Delivery, Vocalist Lauren Desberg flirts boldly with today's pop sound while remaining informed by Jazz. Join Lauren and me as she talks about Japan, interludes, restaurant gigs, New Orleans, and other randomly connected inspirations. Out for Delivery features saxophonist Braxton Cook, pianist Kris Bowers, drummer Jonathan Barber, guitarist ...

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Article: Live Review

Montreux Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Montreux Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin McFie


Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland June 28 to July 13, 2019 Montreux Jazz festival began in 1967, driven by the vision of Claude Nobs in collaboration with Geo Voumard, Rene Langel, and the Office of Tourism in their hometown Montreux, on Lake Geneva. This year 2019, was the 53rd edition. ...


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