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Chad McCullough

Trumpeter / composer Chad McCullough has been on an upward trend for years. He has three critically-acclaimed albums under his own name, several tours around the globe, and has played a key role in countless ensembles and projects. Called "one of Seattle's young musical gems" by Allaboutjazz.com, he's been carving out a name in modern jazz. He is a member of the West African-inspired group The Kora Band, a group who's latest record Cascades has garnered national attention, peaking at #12 on the World Music Charts, and won NW Recording of the Year in Earshot Magazine. As a composer, he has scored for film, written for various brass ensembles, dancers, and string quartets and quintets- in both classical and jazz idioms

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Dustin Laurenzi: Snaketime: The Music Of Moondog

Read "Snaketime: The Music Of Moondog" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Many genius artists have been labeled as freaks or lunatics because they didn't conform to the standards of civil society, let alone the codes of behavior for musicians. Thelonious Monk, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Sun Ra are obvious examples of brilliant creators whose music endures and is celebrated. Add to that list Louis Thomas Hardin (1916-1999) ...

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Bram Weijters/Chad McCullough: Pendulum

Read "Pendulum" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Chicago-based trumpeter Chad McCullough and Belgian pianist Bram Weijters present Pendulum, the pair's fifth recording together. Their discography includes three excellent quartet outings on Origin Records, including Urban Nightingale (2012), and a duo date, Feather (eyes&ears, 2017). Pendulum follows in Feathers' footsteps to the extent of instrumentation, with Weijters wielding an array of keyboards (Wurlitzer, Rhodes, ...

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Sco in Baton Rouge, Okazaki vs. Monk, Sax-less Trane covers & more

Read "Sco in Baton Rouge, Okazaki vs. Monk, Sax-less Trane covers & more" reviewed by Marc Cohn

This week we fired up the locals for the super John Scofield Baton Rouge concert on October 4th; did a Miles Okazaki/Thelonious Monk compare & contrasts with two of Monk's most challenging compositions; played sax-less Trane covers from guitarist Simone Manunza & Jessica Williams solo at the 88s; and spun some 21st century jazz that caught ...

Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community

Read "Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Being a jazz musician sometimes seems like a life ruled by jungle law. Everyone fights for gigs and puts out music on “labels" with only one artist. However, it doesn't have to be this way. Origin Records is an example of a modern artist driven label that has grown through collaboration and community. As Matt Jorgensen, ...

ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World

Read "ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Those who feel that jazz has run out of steam, that there is nothing new to say, should encounter bassist and renaissance man, Matthew Golombisky, who runs the Chicago-based label ears&eyes. The name says it all. Golombisky is interested in what is going on around him. He is not only curious about music, but also passionate ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bram Weijters & Chad McCullough: Feather

Read "Feather" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Three terrific studio CDs--quartet outings, all--have come from the teaming of trumpeter Chad McCullough and keyboardist Bram Weijters: Imaginary Sketches (2011); Urban Nightingale, (2012); and Abstract Quantities (2015), all on Origin Records. Theirs is an always engaging, melodic modern jazz. On Feathers the musicians reduce their artistry down to the duo mode. From the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow: Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow

Read "Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Chicago-based saxophonist Shawn Maxwell has produced an excellent run of straight ahead CD releases in the past decade, sets like his two self-produced discs, Originals (2006) and Originals II (2008), and Maxwell's House (Chicago Session LTD, 2010) before he changed his game up with Shawn Maxwell's Alliance (Chicago Sessions LTD, 2015), a shift away from mainstream ...

Abstract Quantities

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Billions; Still More; Mr. Rubato; Glorious Traffic Jam; Hesitation; The Same Prelude; The Same But Different; Little Song (for Mirthe); Winter's Lament; Before Acceptance; Acceptance or Denial.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters: Abstract Quantities

Read "Abstract Quantities" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trumpeter Chad McCullough debuted as a leader in 2009 with the superb Dark Wood, Dark, Water (Origin Records). He's stayed busy ever since, recording with The Kora Band--inspired by the sounds of Africa--Tunnel Six, and the two horn, chordless The Spin Quartet, along with two previous modern jazz sets on Origin Records on which he teamed ...


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