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After 10 albums as a leader, multi-instrumentalist and composer Dr. Brian Landrus has become one of the most in demand low woodwind musicians on the planet. Landrus consistently places in the top five baritone saxophonists in the world though Downbeat and JazzTimes Critics polls in the last few years. Landrus’ 25- piece orchestral album Generations (2017), was named one of the best recordings of the year by NPR, Downbeat Magazine, JazzTimes, All About Jazz, Jazziz, and many other international publications. The New York Times wrote “With Generations, Mr. Landrus takes the jazz big band tradition into the mesosphere.” Landrus specializes on the low woodwind family, specifically: baritone saxophone, bass saxophone, bass clarinet, contra alto clarinet, alto flute, and bass flute

Article: Album Review

Brian Landrus, Fred Hersch, Drew Gress, Billy Hart: For Now

Read "For Now" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Due anni dopo il sontuoso progetto orchestrale pubblicato nell'album Generations (Blueland 2018) il compositore e multistrumentista allievo di Bob Brookmeyer, è tornato a incidere con un piccolo organico, aperto a suggestioni cameristiche (con l'aggiunta di un quartetto d'archi) o di taglio neo-bop (con il trombettista Michael Rodriguez). Quand'era adolescente Brian Landrus era una ...

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Article: Year in Review

Doug Hall's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Doug Hall's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Doug Hall


An extraordinary time for musicians facing an unprecedented scale of impact on their lives and profession as artists. Nevertheless, for the listener, a range of incredible compositions were released in 2020 under these circumstances. I have highlighted just some of my favorites. However, truly, my support goes out to the whole jazz community, and may there ...

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For Now

Label: BlueLand Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Signs; Clarity in Time; The Miss; JJ; For Now; ‘Round Midnight; Invitation; For Whom I Imagined; The Night of Change; The Second Time; Her Smile; The Wait; Ruby, My Dear.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Four Vocalists: Clifton Davis, Tania Grubbs,, CeCe Gable, Samoa Wilson

Read "Four Vocalists: Clifton Davis, Tania Grubbs,, CeCe Gable, Samoa Wilson" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


These are four recent vocal releases that all deserve attention. Clifton Davis Never Can Say Goodbye Self Produced 2020 Clifton Davis is known variously as a singer, actor and licensed minister but he is also a successful songwriter, his most famous tune being “Never Can Say Goodbye," an ...

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Article: Radio

Spike Wilner, Count Basie, Clark Terry and more

Read "Spike Wilner, Count Basie, Clark Terry and more" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The world of jazz is in survival mode. The shift from live shows to livestream is now how the art form is coping. This week we open with club owner Spike Wilner and a cut off a new Live at Smalls CD. The rest of the episode focuses on artists with new material and how they ...

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The Miss

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Label: BlueLand Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 4:15

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Article: Multiple Reviews

One Lineup, Two Approaches

Read "One Lineup, Two Approaches" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


These two releases have the same instrumental lineup, a jazz quintet fronted by saxophone and trumpet plus a string quartet. They even use the same trumpet player, Michael Rodriguez. However the two CDs take this formation down different paths. Brian Landrus For Now Blueland 2020 Baritone ...

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Article: Radio

Petra Haden, Bill Frisell, Jimmy Heath, Jorge Roeder & More

Read "Petra Haden, Bill Frisell, Jimmy Heath, Jorge Roeder & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


As we continue our exploration of the best in new and upcoming jazz, this week we look into a unique project featuring the music of John Zorn and lyrics of Jesse Harris written with the unique voice of Petra Haden in mind, a special album that blends beautifully with the new releases by Bill Frisell, Jorge ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Charlie Parker: In Praise of Bird on His 100th Birthday!

Read "Charlie Parker: In Praise of Bird on His 100th Birthday!" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


A hundred years ago, on August 29, 1920, soon after jazz was born, Charlie Parker came into this world, and in the 35 years of a life cut short by addictions and impulse-driven living, he changed the face of the music. His innovations as one of the creators of bebop and his stunning sound and virtuosic ...


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