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Calvin Weston

G Calvin Weston was born June 6, 1959 in Philadelphia, PA. He became interested in drums at the age of 6, when he (and his neighbors) discovered his talent for rhythm as he beat on every car on the block. He lived in North Philadelphia where he saw musicians like Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five and James Brown at the Uptown Theatre. Seeing his attention focused on the drummers, his Father bought him a small set. In high school Calvin learned to read music and played second snare in the drum ensemble. He co-founded the group Bad Influence which played in cabarets and clubs around Philadelphia. At 17, Calvin joined Ornette Coleman's Prime Time Band, with bass player Jamalaadean Tacuma, his close friend from Philly, which toured extensively in North America and Europe

Dust and Ash

Label: 577 Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: With Open Wings; Dust and Ash; Incarnate; Abstraction; Dance with Shadows; Thunder; Endurance.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Calvin Weston and The Phoenix Orchestra: Dust and Ash

Read "Dust and Ash" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Calvin Weston, classe 1959, è un veterano della scena jazz-funk americana. Batterista nato, si racconta che ha cominciato a tambureggiare in tenerissima età, ha messo il suo talento al servizio di innumerevoli celebrità. A soli 17 anni, si unisce all'Ornette Coleman Prime Time Band e dove aver registrato ben quattro album con la ...

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Michael Mwenso, Uri Caine, Nérija, Tenor Triage & Other New Releases

Read "Michael Mwenso, Uri Caine, Nérija, Tenor Triage & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Two hours of genre-defying, global, high-octane, music, with a special focus on socially engaged projects, Finnish bands, and charismatic artists whose music has a higher than average density of ideas, like Michael Mwenso and Frank Zappa (by way of the tribute paid to him by the Orchestre Franck Tortiller. It all starts with the much anticipated ...

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Matt Mitchell, Linda May Han Oh, Rajna Swaminathan & More

Read "Matt Mitchell, Linda May Han Oh, Rajna Swaminathan & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

From bass players leading cutting edge bands, to ensembles with strings; from electronica-infused projects to tributes to Sun Ra, Count Basie and Oliver Nelson; from multi-kulti to straight-ahead. This and more on this episode of Mondo Jazz. Happy listening! Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" Mondo ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Umbria Jazz Winter 25

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter 25" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz Winter 25 Varie Sedi Orvieto 28.12.2017--01.01.2018 Raggiunto il traguardo dei venticinque anni, come sempre Umbria Jazz Winter con la sua programmazione in ogni ora del giorno ha invaso le strade e i vari ambienti pubblici e privati della città tufacea, registrando una notevole affluenza di pubblico, che nella ...

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James Blood Ulmer: Baby Talk

Read "Baby Talk" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It was a predestined meeting. This collaboration between the legendary guitarist James Blood Ulmer and the band The Thing. Ulmer, who cut his teeth with the soul jazz organists Hank Marr, Larry Young and Big John Patton before collaborating with Ornette Coleman's electric free jazz/funk harmolodic music, expanded upon Coleman's ideas, incorporating rock music with players ...

Derek Bailey

Read "Derek Bailey" reviewed by John Eyles

Guitarist Derek Bailey was one of the more prominent and influential musicians from the “first generation of free improvisation" that developed in London in the mid-sixties and gradually promoted the music around the world. Although several members of that generation were leaders, Bailey often seemed the de facto leader of the group. Partly, this was a ...

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Ross Hammond: Follow Your Heart

Read "Follow Your Heart" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Have you doubted the existence of God? Wondered if there is a place called heaven? You may react to those questions with an emphatic “no," or, if your answer is you have “no doubts," you posses a substance called faith, an article beyond reason and knowledge. Listening to Follow You Heart by guitarist Ross Hammond bolsters ...

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Kayle Brecher: This is Life

Read "This is Life" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Kayle Brecher is in the lineage of jazz singers like Sheila Jordan and Lisa Sokolov who use their voices as a serpentine instrument that slides through and around melodies as deftly as any jazz instrumentalist. On this CD she does her thing on a number of jazz standards, improvisations and original songs. She performs ...


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