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The release of Kamasi Washington's The Epic last year marked a seismic shift in the jazz landscape and the game-changing arrival of the genre-blurring Los Angeles collective West Coast Get Down. That evolution continues with the release of Planetary Prince, the debut album by visionary pianist, keyboardist, composer and WCGD founding member Cameron Graves. Upon signing with Mack Avenue Records, Graves’ nearly released four song EP of the same name was expanded to an eight track full length album, all packed with the same mind-expanding invention that marked all of the work previously generated by the WCGD – including Kamasi Washington’s universally acclaimed debut The Epic (which prominently featured Graves throughout its three discs)

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Ryan Porter: Force For Good

Read "Force For Good" reviewed by Chris May

The Los Angeles jazz scene clustered around the community of session musicians known as the West Coast Get Down (WCGD), and its most prominent member (and now ex-session musician), Kamasi Washington, is a US equivalent of London's underground jazz scene. Both exist in parallel universes to the jazz establishment, both are culturally inclusive though peopled mainly ...

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Belgrade Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Belgrade Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley

Belgrade Jazz Festival Dom Omladine / Kombank Dvorana Belgrade Serbia October 22-28, 2019 Reaching its 35th edition, the Belgrade Jazz Festival added extra shows at the beginning and end of its run, making up a full week, or eight days, if the opening dj night is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Christian Sands: Reach Further

Read "Reach Further" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With full gale Monk-ian intensity and flair, pianist Christian Sands' five song EP, Reach Further bursts open with “J-Street" like the grandest, most swinging first flower in the new jazz garden. Then you hit repeat. Repeat again. Then you remember there are four more songs and the garden bursts with color. Comprised of two ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michelle Coltrane: Awakening

Read "Awakening" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Yes, that Coltrane. Vocalist Michelle Coltrane, the offspring of pianist Alice McLeod (and vocalist Kenny Hagood) and the stepdaughter of saxophone icon John Coltrane, has one of the strongest musical pedigrees around. She was, quite literally, born and raised into musical legend. But her background and lineage hasn't put undue pressure on her development or musical ...

Planetary Prince

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Satania Our Solar System; Planetary Prince; El Diablo; Adam & Eve; The End of Corporatism; Andromeda; Isle of Love; The Lucifer Rebellion.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Miles Mosley: Uprising

Read "Uprising" reviewed by Andrea Murgia

La prima metà del 2017 si è rivelata veramente pienissima per i musicisti che gravitano attorno a Kamasi Washington. Dopo il ritorno di Thundercat, l'esordio di suo fratello Ronald Bruner Jr., l'opera prima di Cameron Graves e il ritorno roboante di Kendrick Lamar è il turno ora di Miles Mosley. Bassista, contrabbassista e cantante (notevole) nonché ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Cameron Graves: Planetary Prince

Read "Planetary Prince" reviewed by Christopher Hoard

Cameron Graves' debut recording, Planetary Prince (Mack Avenue) is an original and refreshing “piano jazz" outing. It's horn sextet dynamics provide familiar entry points and references into the musical sphere Graves inhabits as composer, arranger, and performer, but the extreme energy levels and sophisticated ensemble dynamics confidently echo the great bands of the jazz-rock era; perhaps ...

Planetary Prince

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: The Planetary Prince; Andromeda; Isle of Love; Adam & Eve.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Cameron Graves: Planetary Prince

Read "Planetary Prince" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Si chiama Cameron Graves ed è il pianista dell'ensemble di Kamasi Washington, controversa figura della musica afroamericana capace con la pubblicazione di Epic di far nascere tra i commentatori e gli addetti ai lavori di mezzo mondo una querelle da tifo calcistico. L'album a suo nome si intitola Planetary Prince è stato registrato in una session ...


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