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CHRIS ROGERS has performed throughout Europe, Japan, South America and the United States as a featured soloist with many top artists in Jazz and Latin music. At age 19 he began a five-year association with Jazz giant Gerry Mulligan, replacing Tom Harrell as the primary trumpet soloist with the Concert Jazz Band. He's also gigged and/or recorded with luminaries such as Buddy Rich, Maria Schneider, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Frank Sinatra, Chaka Khan, Eddie Palmieri, The Mingus Big Band, Ray Barretto, Mel Torme, Mel Lewis and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Hilton Ruiz, Lionel Hampton, Mercer Ellington, Richie Beirach, Bob Moses, Tom Harrell, Arturo O'Farrill, Eartha Kitt, Lee Konitz, and Mongo Santamaria (as both trumpeter and pianist.) Chris was born in New York City in the early sixties to a family of musicians

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Lisa Maxwell's Jazz Orchestra: Shiny!

Read "Shiny!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Lisa Maxwell, whose album Shiny! marks the recorded debut of her New York City-based Jazz Orchestra, is a pretty good composer and a very good arranger, even though several of her charts lean toward funk / rock, admittedly an acquired taste. Once she veers away from those two-beat cadences, as on “Ludie," “The Craw," “Hello, Wayne?" ...

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50th Anniversary Blue Notes – August edition

Read "50th Anniversary Blue Notes – August edition" reviewed by Marc Cohn

During last month's Blue Note anniversary show we ran out of time. So this week we catch up with a Hank Mobley session for Blue Note from July 31, 1970 (well, that date was 'almost-August' anyway), after opening the show with mostly twenty-first century music. Then, it's on to Grant Green, live in Newark and Wayne ...

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Big Beat: Sounds Good, Feels Good

Read "Sounds Good, Feels Good" reviewed by Jack Bowers

So what can be reported about Big Beat, an eighteen-piece ensemble from New Jersey whose debut album, Sounds Good, Feels Good, is more pop / rock than jazz, more “hip / contemporary" than straight-ahead / traditional? First, that the band certainly Sounds Good as a unit, skating easily through an assortment of backbeat-heavy themes that consist ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Bitches Brew @ 50, Sonny Rollins with Brownie & Max (& More)

Read "Bitches Brew @ 50, Sonny Rollins with Brownie & Max (& More)" reviewed by Marc Cohn

This week we have recent music from Akiko Tsuruga (her best yet!), Pierre Dorge, Chris Rogers, Anthony Fung and Conrad Herwig. But the big news is that Bitches Brew was recorded in August, 1969 over three days. This week we offer the sessions recorded on August 19, 1969. The edit log for the title track (on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra: Along for the Ride

Read "Along for the Ride" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On the third album as leader of his superlative New York-based Jazz Orchestra, trombonist Pete McGuinness proves again that he is one of the more astute and resourceful composer / arrangers on the scene today. From “Put on a Happy Face" through “One for the Maestro," McGuinness' impressive charts are decorous models of warmth and perception. ...

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Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Without A Trace

Read "Without A Trace" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Grudging good wishes to New Yorkers who are able to see and hear the world-class Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra on a fairly regular basis. Everyone else must make do with the occasional recording (Without a Trace is only the second by the ten-year-old ensemble which made its debut in 2008). That's not nearly enough, of course, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Without A Trace

Read "Without A Trace" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra follows up the highly successful debut album Portraits and Places (Origin, 2016), with another masterpiece recording on Without A Trace offering new and exciting arrangements of three standards and four creative Reeves originals that all together, pack quite a powerful musical punch. A full-tenured professor at The City University of New ...

Voyage Home

Label: Art of Life Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Counter Change; Voyage Home; Whit's End; The Mask; Ballad for B. R.; Rebecca; Ever After; Six Degrees; The 12-Year Itch.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chris Rogers: Voyage Home

Read "Voyage Home" reviewed by Niccolò Lucarelli

Il jazz non è soltanto un genere musicale: per qualcuno è anche un luogo affettivo, dove ritrovare le proprie radici, vecchie conoscenze, episodi della propria vita, atmosfere familiari. Accade anche per Chris Rogers in Voyage Home, il cui titolo, che può essere tradotto con “rotta verso casa," lascia intendere come l'autore abbia voluto percorrere un viaggio ...


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