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Charles Tolliver

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Dizzy Gillespie, when asked in a Downbeat magazine interview with Herb Nolan, “what trumpet players do you hear today whom you like”, Dizzy’s reply, “Charles Tolliver – I like him”. Charles Tolliver, entirely self-taught, is a remarkable talent who has gained an outstanding reputation as a trumpetist, bandleader, composer, arranger, and educator. Born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1942, his musical career began at the age of 8 when his beloved grandmother, Lela, presented him with his first instrument, a cornet, and the inspiration to learn.

After a few years of college majoring in pharmacy at Howard University, and formulating his trumpet style, Charles began his professional career with the saxophone giant Jackie Mclean

Album

Radio Days Vol. 2

Label: RaRecords & Film
Released: 2022
Track listing: Soft Waves; Detour; No Dance; Back to LA; Suspicion; Salut to Benny & Lionel; Urban Blues; Mistral; Children at Play; Take 5; Fragments; Adagio; Fuga; Haddapple Beach; Tucking in; Gambler; Change of Time; Reni’s Ballad; Homage to O.P.; Bourree (BWV 996); All of Me; Blueduet; Miles; Toledo; Deep Purple.

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Article: Album Review

Michael Dease: Best Next Thing

Read "Best Next Thing" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Like many other talented musicians, Michael Dease always looks for ways to take his music to the next level. He is continually exploring and looking ahead rather than simply resting on his laurels. Because of this passion and determination, he has earned a reputation as a top session player and as a band leader in his ...

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Article: Album Review

Lajos Dudas: Radio Days Vol. 2

Read "Radio Days Vol. 2" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


The previous compilation Radio Days: The Music Of Lajos Dudas (JazzSick Records, 2016) was released to celebrate German-Hungarian jazz clarinetist/composer Lajos Dudas' 75th birthday. It collected performances dating from 1984 to the early 2000s: about twenty years. The new volume's coverage is both wider and deeper. The dates range from 1976 to 2017—over forty years—and the ...

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Article: Live Review

Gil Scott-Heron-Brian Jackson: Mezzo secolo di una partnership epocale

Read "Gil Scott-Heron-Brian Jackson: Mezzo secolo di una partnership epocale" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


A mezzo secolo di distanza dai primi folgoranti album degli anni settanta, la figura di Gil Scott-Heron resta centrale nella cultura afro-americana contemporanea. Molti rapper l'hanno indicato come ispiratore, Makaya McCraven gli ha dedicato nel 2020 We're New Again e i suoi brani sono stati campionati da esponenti della scena hip hop come Kanye West, Drake ...

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Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


April 23, 2022 marks the fifteenth anniversary of Record Store Day. Over the years, RSD has grown from a small once-a-year experience to multiple events depending on the year. Each RSD drop features limited-edition vinyl releases, which are popular among collectors. More importantly, though, RSD draws attention to independent record stores, many of whom have flourished ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

George Coleman: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "George Coleman: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Born in Memphis, Tennessee, saxophonist George Coleman cut his teeth in local rhythm and blues bands and made his first recording, aged twenty, with B.B. King in 1955. That year he switched from alto to tenor, because King already had an alto player; but Coleman has continued to play the alto from time to time and, ...

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Article: Album Review

Keith Brown Trio: African Ripples

Read "African Ripples" reviewed by Troy Dostert


In-demand pianist Keith Brown has ample experience as a sideman and a couple solid leader dates under his belt. But his African Ripples has the distinctive feel of a “statement" record, setting forth the full expanse of his creative vision with bold flair. Inspired by the classic Fats Waller piece first recorded in 1934, the album ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Legendary Strata-East Label Celebrates 50 Years - Led By Charles Tolliver With Narrator Danny Glover On August 31st-September 4th At Birdland

Legendary Strata-East Label Celebrates 50 Years - Led By Charles Tolliver With Narrator Danny Glover On August 31st-September 4th At Birdland

Strata-East Records @ 50 with Charles Tolliver & the Strata-East All Stars featuring Billy Harper, George Cables, Cecil McBee, Buster Williams, Lenny White AND guest screen star activist Danny Glover as narrator. August 31 – September 4, 2021 The livestream concert celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Strata-East Records with Charles Tolliver & the Strata-East All Stars ...

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Article: Album Review

Slowly Rolling Camera: Where the Streets Lead

Read "Where the Streets Lead" reviewed by Chris May


You might imagine jazz musicians are well suited to run record companies, for risk taking and creativity are fundamental to both activities. Mostly, however, musician-led labels have unhappy histories. Either the musician is not from the top drawer and their A&R skills suffer accordingly; or they lack the administrative skills to run a business enterprise effectively. ...


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