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ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Conrad Herwig: There's Nothing Else

Read "Conrad Herwig:  There's Nothing Else" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Talking about some of his great influences in jazz, Conrad Herwig points out that it's important to look beyond their achievements on their instruments. “Sometimes during a musician's lifetime, people put so much emphasis on their virtuosity as a player that they don't really think about the vehicle of their expression--their compositions." Herwig was speaking of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Exit Zero International Jazz Festival: Cape May, NJ, November 9-11, 2012

Read "Exit Zero International Jazz Festival: Cape May, NJ, November 9-11, 2012" reviewed by Sandy Ingham

Exit Zero International Jazz FestivalCape May, NJNovember 9-11, 2012After the beating the Northeast took from Hurricane Sandy and a snowy nor'easter, people were ready for something positive, and for some it came in the form of the first Exit Zero International Jazz Festival in Cape May, New Jersey.Pianist Ramsey Lewis, bassist ...

Captain Black Big Band

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Art Of War; Here's The Captain; Inheritance; Big Jimmy; Captain Black; Easy Now; Jena 6.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

David A. Orthmann's Best Releases of 2011

Read "David A. Orthmann's Best Releases of 2011" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

2011 was another banner year for newly recorded jazz. My favorites in no particular order... New Tricks Alternate Side (New Tricks Records) Jeff Williams Another Time (Whirlwind Recordings) Vinnie Cutro The Music of Duke Ellington ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Captain Black Big Band: Captain Black Big Band

Read "Captain Black Big Band" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Pianist Orrin Evans has been on a roll, with the release of a couple of diamond Posi-Tone releases in 2010: Faith in Action -- dedicated to friend and mentor, saxophonist Bobby Watson--and the old school yet highly progressive thinking of The End of Fear , with Tarbaby trio-mates, drummer Nasheet Waits and bassist Eric Revis. But ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Captain Black Big Band: Captain Black Big Band

Read "Captain Black Big Band" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The man behind the Captain Black Big Band is pianist Orrin Evans. The ensemble's eponymous debut recording is a CD of such style, musicality and instrumental power that it seems only right to ensure that Evans gets the credit upfront. This is straight-ahead, swinging, big band music, recorded at three live performances in New York and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Captain Black Big Band: Captain Black Big Band

Read "Captain Black Big Band" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Posi-Tone label has positioned itself as a prime purveyor of small group jazz, with artists like pianist Orrin Evans leading the way, and both parties are breaking new ground with the release of The Captain Black Big Band. After putting out dozens of small group sessions, the label has taken a bold step in a ...


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