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Chris Cheek

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Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Chris Cheek, the son of a junior high school band director, began playing the alto sax at the age of 12. Chris played in a variety of local Jazz and Blues bands in the St. Louis area while attending Webster University. In 1988, on scholarship, he went to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where he studied with Joe Viola and Hal Crook, eventually receiving a bachelors degree in performance. Chris moved to New York in 1992 and since then has played and recorded with a number of different groups including: Paul Motian's "Electric Bebop Band", "The Bloomdaddies", Charlie Haden's "Liberation Music Orchestra", The Brian Blade Fellowship, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Luciana Souza, David Berkman, and Guillermo Klein's "Los Guachos"

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News: Recording

Copenhagen-Based Saxophonist Oleksandr Kolosii Releases Debut Album 'Multicolored.' Available now.

Copenhagen-Based Saxophonist Oleksandr Kolosii  Releases Debut Album 'Multicolored.' Available now.

Copenhagen-based Polish/Ukrainian jazz saxophonist Oleksandr Kolosii was born in Donetsk, Ukraine into a family of professional musicians. He began playing classical piano at the age of 6, and at age 12 he picked up the saxophone and found his lifelong passion for jazz music. His style of playing pays tribute to legendary bebop and hard bop ...

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Article: BackTracks

Five Albums From Bands That Broadened The Jazz Paradigm

Read "Five Albums From Bands That Broadened The Jazz Paradigm" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


In this installment of BackTracks we take a look at five albums that not only helped expand the jazz paradigm, but also helped establish the band as a re-merging entity (and an ethos) in jazz. Lost TribeMany Lifetimes Arabesque Jazz 1998 In 1998, a first listen to this album ...

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Article: Album Review

Ricardo Pinheiro with Theo Bleckmann and Mônica Salmaso: Caruma

Read "Caruma" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Ricardo Pinheiro is a Portuguese guitarist, composer and educator. He has a dozen previous recordings to his credit and leader or co-leader status on the majority of those projects. His music has covered ambient, electronic, bop, jazz standards, and jazz/poetry hybrids. Pinheiro, a Berklee alumnus, has recorded and played with Dave Liebman, Peter Erskine, Chris Cheek, ...

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Christreza

Label: Newvelle Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: La Senal; Karmavaleando; Plaisantriste; Christreza; Ti Mi Do; Biploarious; Winter Variations.

Album

Sandbar (Original Motion Picture Score)

Label: sTaNk
Released: 2020
Track listing: Sandbar Opening Theme; So You Have Squirrels; Spin The Bottle; Are You In a Band; Timebombs; Gravel Pit Kid; Charles Kendall; Still Number 1; Christmas Is You; We Got Flammables; Squirrel Hunt; Gouda Radio; Abandoned Car; How Long Has It Been; This Is On; Three Catfish; Hillbilly Getaway; Backseat With Roxy; The Tritons; Game On; Nuts; All That Sand In The Desert; Laser Tag; McCubbing Salute.

Album

Pistils

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Pistils; Ellstandissa; Welikadawatte; Galadari; Nilus; The Elephant; Hirimbura; Malkoha Bird; Pistils.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Christian Sands, Gary Burton, Chris Cheek and More

Read "Christian Sands, Gary Burton, Chris Cheek and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The young and electric pianist Christian Sands opens this week's edition of Neon Jazz. During the rest of the show we showcases new albums by Ricardo Grilli, Homero Alvarez and Dafnis Prieto. The talents of veteran cats is also included with the likes of Gary Burton, Edward Simon and Chris Cheek. Enjoy the show!

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News: Event

Thailand International Jazz Conference (TIJC) 2020 Musters Most World-Class Jazz Artists In 12 Years

Thailand International Jazz Conference (TIJC) 2020 Musters Most World-Class Jazz Artists In 12 Years

The 12th Thailand International Jazz Conference, or TIJC 2020, is just around the corner. This year’s event will be even better than before. Held under the theme of “Jazz for All”, it will feature the largest gathering of world-class jazz artists, from January 31 to February 2, 2020, at the College of Music, Mahidol University’s Salaya ...

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Article: Album Review

Seamus Blake: Guardians Of The Heart Machine

Read "Guardians Of The Heart Machine" reviewed by Roger Farbey


Seamus Blake was born in 1970 in London, England but raised in Vancouver, Canada. He studied jazz at Berklee College of Music and following his graduation moved to New York Cit, where he became a fixture on the jazz scene including being a member of the Mingus Big Band. He's played or recorded with Victor Lewis, ...


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