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Chuck Riggs


Born in Westerly, Rhode Island in 1951, Chuck Riggs began playing the drums at the age of ten and played with many rhythm and blues bands before beginning his jazz career. In 1972 Chuck joined the Hamilton-Bates Blue Flames Band, which later became the Scott Hamilton Quartet. In 1976 Chuck moved to New York City at the request of the legendary jazz trumpeter Roy Eldridge. Chuck is a highly regarded jazz drummer with a deep understanding of the traditions of the idiom. Chuck has appeared on over thirty albums for various labels, playing with some of the greatest names in jazz. Some of his most notable recordings include his many albums with Scott Hamilton on the Concord Jazz label; the soundtrack to the film "The Cotton Club", and a recreation of the music of King Oliver for the Smithsonian Institute


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Harry Allen / Scott Hamilton: ‘Round Midnight

Read "‘Round Midnight" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Harry Allen and Scott Hamilton are two veteran tenor saxophonists whose individual careers have not prevented them from maintaining a friendship or performing together whenever possible. Their third joint project, Round Midnight presents new interpretations of nine standards in a quintet format offering far more solos than normally found in a group featuring one main artist. ...


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Umbria Jazz Winter #18 Days 3-5: December 31, 2010-January 2, 2011

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter #18 Days 3-5: December 31, 2010-January 2, 2011" reviewed by Sara Villa

Days 1-2 | Days 3-5 Umbria Jazz Winter #18 Orvieto, Italy December 29, 2010-January 2, 2011 The Alfredo Rodriguez Trio Discovered, produced and hailed by Quincy Jones, Alfredo Rodriguez chose to contradict any potential preconception linked with the highly slippery definition of Latin Jazz to which his Cuban ...


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Sonny Brings the Presents to His Own 80th Birthday

Read "Sonny Brings the Presents to His Own 80th Birthday" reviewed by Dan Morgenstern

Sonny Brings the Presents To His Own 80th Birthday Sonny Rollins threw himself an 80th birthday party at New York's restored Beacon Theater on September 10 --he was born on the 7th-- and it was he who brought the gifts. And what a cornucopia! This was one of those rare times when you ...


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Ehud Asherie featuring Harry Allen: Modern Life

Read "Modern Life" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

It is rare indeed to discover a young pianist, so obviously neither a baby nor a Baby Boomer, who is steeped in the history and tradition of American music from the turn of the twentieth century onwards. To find he can write a mean blues is a wonder and more than a joy to hear. To ...


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Ehud Asherie: Modern Life

Read "Modern Life" reviewed by John Barron

New York-based pianist Ehud Asherie swings hard on Modern Life, his third release for Posi-Tone Records. With the help of tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, bassist Joel Forbes and drummer Chuck Riggs, the Israeli-born Asherie demonstrates an in-depth understanding of the piano jazz tradition. Throughout this set of standards and riff-based Asherie originals, it doesn't take long ...


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Ehud Asherie: Modern Life

Read "Modern Life" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Modern life, if this fine recording from Israeli-born, New York-based pianist Ehud Asherie is anything to go by, happened sometime between the late-1940s and the late-'50s. From the beautifully-designed packaging--with the greens and golds of the graphics matched by those of Asherie's suit, shirt and tie--to the exquisite renditions of classic tunes and a couple of ...


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Ehud Asherie: Modern Life

Read "Modern Life" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A dichotomy exists within the musical mind of pianist Ehud Asherie. The youthful pianist is clearly an old soul in many ways. His choice of material--including tunes from George Gershwin, Billy Strayhorn and Jerome Kern--combined with his knowledge of stride piano and fondness for the jazz masters of the early twentieth century are a throwback. However, ...


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Harry Allen: New York State of Mind

Read "New York State of Mind" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The big, fat, warm and tender tone of Harry Allen's tenor saxophone is impossible to miss. There is no one who sounds quite like him, and that is probably because no other saxophonist has embraced the tenor horn in a similar way. No one since Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster has mined the wealth of that ...


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Harry Allen: New York State of Mind

Read "New York State of Mind" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

New York City has been the setting of numerous television series and movies. It has also inspired many songs. Tenor saxophonist Harry Allen captures some of that essence with New York State of Mind, named for pop singer Billy Joel's composition. Allen, 43, was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in both Los Angeles, ...


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