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Drummer Brian Woodruff has toured the United States, Asia, and Europe and has performed with Bobby Watson, Marian MacPartland, David Lahm, Harvie S, Jiggs Whigham, Jerry Hahn, Gary Versace, Adam Niewood, Stacy Dillard, and on the Today Show. In the past year, Woodruff has been busy performing with The Jacob Varmus Quintet, The New-Trad Octet, and singers Akemi, Aimee Allen, Marieann Meringolo, Nana Yamakawa, and Chuck Cooper. His first CD as a leader, "The Tarrier," is now available, featuring a wide variety of Woodruff's originals performed by his stellar sextet. Recent recordings include All the Things We Still Can Be, with Jacob Varmus, Dream, with singer Aimee Allen, Brownstone, with the New-Trad Octet, and In the Spirit, with Marieann Meringolo

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Lafayette Gilchrist, John McLaughlin, Cannonball Adderley and More

Read "Lafayette Gilchrist, John McLaughlin, Cannonball Adderley and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This is an older show from December 2021 that features several different pianists and saxophonists. Musicians heard include Lafayette Gilchrist, Cannonball Adderley, John McLaughlin, Noah Haidu, Chet Doxas, and more. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Julius Hemphill, Nels Cline and Eberhard Weber

Read "Julius Hemphill, Nels Cline and Eberhard Weber" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


I have been having temporary difficulties in uploading my recent radio shows. While I work on that, here is a program from July 27, 2021, that features the usual wide variety of musicians. This show includes Julius Hemphill, Nels Cline, Brian Woodruff, and Eberhard Weber. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait To Get ...

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A Centering Peace

Label: QJOG
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Welcome Song; What Happened; A Centering Peace; War Paint; Pirouette En Dedans; Every Detail Minding; Undertow; Freeway Doctor East; King Size Blues.

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Article: Album Review

Brian Woodruff Sextet: A Centering Peace

Read "A Centering Peace" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The title of this release by drummer Brian Woodruff suggests a set of meditative, spiritually-focused jazz by his long-standing sextet. While that may be the underlying theme of the disc but only a couple of tracks have that actual sound. The others go off in several different directions. The album is dedicated to Woodruff's ...

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The Ing...

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: The Welcome Song; I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter; Hi-Heel Sneakers; Milena; El Padrino; Please Send Me Someone to Love; I Remember You; Pirouette en Dedans; Safe Passage; March 3rd; Tristeza.

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Article: Album Review

OKB Trio: The Ing...

Read "The Ing..." reviewed by Geannine Reid


There is something intoxicating about the sound of a jazz trio. The comradery, the symbiosis of group interreacting and communicating on a higher level of language through music. Such is the case with the OKB Trio. Each player is an esteemed player in many outside projects under other leaders' names, but on this recording Brian Woodruff ...

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Article: Album Review

Jacob Varmus: Terminal Stillness

Read "Terminal Stillness" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Jazz is always caught up in the idea of looking forward or backwards, but whatever happened to the idea of looking around? Much ado about movement--toward the future, the past, the next chord in the progression or the next stage of a career--often gets in the way of the simple act of creation. The jazz community, ...

Album

The Tarrier

Label: Crows' Kin Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: The Tarrier; Dijon Dance; Be Still (While I Remove the Wart); Trolley Museum; A Wreath of Cloud; Into the Fire; Chorale; Trafalgar Square.

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Article: Album Review

Brian Woodruff: The Tarrier

Read "The Tarrier" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins


Music is often best when culled from a variety of sources. That's the approach drummer Brian Woodruff takes with The Tarrier.Woodruff has worked the New York City scene since 1995. A student of jazz and commercial music, he has toured the United States, Asia and Europe, and his associations include Harvie S, Gary Versace ...


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