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The pursuit of knowledge, experience, and ever-present swing is a recurring theme in the life of drummer/composer and Milwaukee native Carl Allen. It's a theme that began to take shape when, as a teenager, he performed with such greats as Sonny Stitt and James Moody and it's a theme to which he held fast as his musical quest took him to The University of Wisconsin - Green Bay (1979-81) and New Jersey's William Patterson College (1981-83). While at William Patterson, he pursued his life-long dream — the drum chair in trumpeter Freddie Hubbard's band. He got the position in 1982 and remained with Hubbard for eight years - also serving as the trumpeter's musical director and road manager. Allen says, "my ultimate goal is to get to a level like Art Blakey, Art Taylor, Elvin Jones and Billy Higgins and these cats who, every time they sit down behind a set of drums it's swinging

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Article: Live Review

Nice Jazz Festival 2022

Read "Nice Jazz Festival 2022" reviewed by Martin McFie


Nice Jazz Festival Nice,South of France July 15-19, 2022Deputy Mayor for Culture Robert Roux officially opened the Nice Jazz Festival 2022, together with artistic director Sebastien Vidal, who is also director of TSF jazz radio in France.Nduduzo Makhathini Quartet From the land of Zulu kings in South Africa, Nduduzo Makhathini ...

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Article: Album Review

Christian McBride: Live at the Village Vanguard

Read "Live at the Village Vanguard" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Bassist Christian McBride records his first live album with his highly-acclaimed quintet known as the Inside Straight, documenting an incredible evening of music on Live At The Village Vanguard. The album showcases outstanding performances from every member of the band. It is McBride's twelfth release on Mack Avenue and it was the Inside Straight quintet that ...

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Live at the Village Vanguard

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Sweet Bread; Fair Hope Theme; Ms. Angelou; The Shade of the Cedar Tree; Gang Gang; Uncle james; Stick and Move.

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Kinds of Love

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Silk; Kinds of Love; In Time Like Air; The Golden Triangle; Evermore; Passing Jupiter; Life Does Not Wait (A Vida Não Espera); Swoop; Blessings in a Year of Exile.

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To Love Again - Karuna Shinsho

Label: Nanny Assis Arts
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. O Pato 2. Just In Time 3. Caminhos Cruzados 4. Nenhum (Nobody) 5. There Will Never Be Another You 6. Agua de Beber 7. Love Dance 8. I Mean You (Truly, You) 9. Aguas de Marco 10. Smile

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Article: Album Review

Renee Rosnes: Kinds of Love

Read "Kinds of Love" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


When Canadian pianist Renee Rosnes decided to make her mark in the jazz world, she wasted no time, making an auspicious start as a member of Joe Henderson's all-female quartet in 1986. Fast forward thirty-five years and her career continues to advance on an upward trajectory. Her third offering for Smoke Sessions, Kinds of Love, is ...

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Article: Album Review

Christian McBride & Inside Straight: Live at the Village Vanguard

Read "Live at the Village Vanguard" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


You may feel a whole lot better about things after checking out Live at the Village Vanguard. Now, without argument or scholarly discourse, that can be said for any of the time honored performances captured under that heady title, but here it's Christian McBride and Inside Straight and seriously, this one has fun written all over ...

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Article: Album Review

Renee Rosnes: Kinds of Love

Read "Kinds of Love" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Still riding high on the energy generated by her superwoman jazz group Artemis—Anat Cohen, Melissa Aldana, Ingrid Jensen, Noriko Ueda and Allison Miller— pianist Renee Rosnes, undaunted by the string of world crises but just as ruminative as the rest of us, elicits some of the most emotive and enthralling music of her career on Kinds ...

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Article: Profile

Frank Kimbrough: From Now to Forever—A Remembrance

Read "Frank Kimbrough: From Now to Forever—A Remembrance" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


On December 30, 2020, pianist Frank Kimbrough passed away at the age of 64. True to form, 2020 wreaked havoc until the end. The cause of death was not Covid-19, but the shock at the untimely loss of a revered artist was not any less powerful. Frank Kimbrough had the rare gift of touching ...


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