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Christian Howes has already made an indelible mark and is poised to be a path-finding figure on the contemporary violin. He’s won recognition and kudos from artists and critics alike. Says guitar pioneer Les Paul, with whom Christian has made numerous appearances: “There is nobody better than this guy.” The prominent artists Howes has performed and/or recorded with include Greg Osby, Randy Brecker, James Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Akua Dixon’s Quartette Indigo, Billy Hart, D.D. Jackson, David Murray, Steve Turre’s Sextet with Strings, Jane Monheit, Dr. John, Frank Vignola, and Lenny White, to name a few. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Howes was classically trained beginning at age five

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Article: Interview

Greg Byers: Take A Bow

Read "Greg Byers: Take A Bow" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Greg Byers does not like hearing that something is not possible. Or perhaps he does, for the cellist seems to thrive on challenges that others deem impossible or unrealistic. Taking a jazz major in cello? It just isn't done, he was told. Well, ticked that box. Learning Charlie Parker's solos on upright bass? ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Christian Howes & Richard Galliano: Southern Exposure

Read "Christian Howes & Richard Galliano: Southern Exposure" reviewed by Howard Mandel


Christian Howes wants you to know that Southern Exposure is not simply another violin and accordion record, some light-hearted evocation of Parisian café music. “It's deeper than that," Howes, the 40-year-old violinist who is also an educator and online entrepreneur, says of his 13th album (counting self-produced projects from the 1990s). “I think there's ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Yelena Eckemoff: I Am a Stranger in This World

Read "Yelena Eckemoff: I Am a Stranger in This World" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Russian-born pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff began setting verses from the Bible's Book of Psalms shortly after her conversion to Christianity, even before her emigration to the United States. But she waited until she had considerable experience working with jazz musicians before producing her jazz arrangements. They were first recorded on her album Better Than Gold and Silver ...

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I Am a Stranger in This World

Label: L&H Production
Released: 2022
Track listing: As Chaff Before the Wind, Lighten My Eyes, Make Hste to Help Me, I Am a Stranger in This World, Truth in His Heart, Like Rain Upon the Mown Grass, Keep Not Your Silence, The Wine of Astonishment, I Shall Not Want, At Midnight I Will Rise, Every Beast of the Field.

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Article: The Jazz Life

It's Not Your Fault—Just Evolve

Read "It's Not Your Fault—Just Evolve" reviewed by Christian Howes


Christian Howes is arguably one of America's finest jazz violinists, standing alongside past masters such as Joe Venuti, Stuff Smith, and John Blake. Many contemporary jazz violinists embrace a broad range of non-jazz styles as players because of choice or circumstance. They think of themselves as improvising violinists who play jazz. But like Jean-Luc Ponty before ...

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Better Than Gold and Silver

Label: L&H Production
Released: 2018
Track listing: Psalm 131, Psalm 119 Teth, Psalm 119 Nun, Psalm 110, Psalm 119 Lamed, Psalm 126, Psalm 58, Psalm 119 Jod, Psalm 119 Zain, Psalm 147.

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Article: Catching Up With

Zach Brock: Jazz Violin's New Wave

Read "Zach Brock: Jazz Violin's New Wave" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Best known for his work with Snarky Puppy, Zach Brock is among the most creative violinists of his generation. Zach Brock is bringing the violin back to center stage. Influenced by European masters of the seventies like Jean-Luc Ponty, Zbigniew Seifert, Didier Lockwood, Brock has widened his perspective from modern jazz to rock, finding a synthesis ...

Article: Interview

Zach Brock: La Nuova Stagione Del Violino Jazz

Read "Zach Brock: La Nuova Stagione Del Violino Jazz" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Diventato popolare per la collaborazione con Snarky Puppy, Zach Brock è tra i massimi violinisti emersi nel nuovo millennio e contribuisce a riportare lo strumento al centro della scena jazzistica. Influenzato in gioventù dai violinisti europei degli anni settanta --Jean-Luc Ponty, Zbigniew Seifert e Didier Lockwood --ha ampliato la sua prospettiva dal rock al jazz storico, ...

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Article: Album Review

Tomoko Omura: Post Bop Gypsies

Read "Post Bop Gypsies" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Think about your favorite jazz violinist. Now think about what style or sub-category of jazz that person would most easily fall into. Was your answer bebop? Probably not, I would venture to guess. It's not that I know your answer. This isn't a magic trick. For all I know it could've been Stéphane Grappelli, Jenny Scheinman, ...


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