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Clarence Penn

Clarence Penn is one of the busiest jazz drummers in the world, a leader of multiple bands, a composer, a prolific producer, and an educator. Since 1991, when he arrived in New York City, Penn has placed his unique blend of mega-chops, keen intellect, and heady musicianship at the service of a staggering array of A-list artists—a chronological short-list includes Ellis and Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Stanley Clarke, Steps Ahead, Makoto Ozone, Michael Brecker, Dave Douglas, Maria Schneider, Luciana Souza, Richard Galliano, and Fourplay. Penn’s impressive discography includes several hundred studio albums (including the Grammy-winning recordings 34th and Lex by Randy Brecker and Concert in the Garden and Sky Blue by Maria Schneider) representing a 360-spectrum of jazz expression, and he’s toured extensively throughout the United States, the Americas, Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia

The Women Who Raised Me

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Devil May Care; Angel Eyes; I Put A Spell On YOu; Pearls; Ex Factor; I Can't Make You Love Me; Gentle Rain; Solitude; The Nearness Of You; What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life; Killing Me Softly; Strange Fruit.

Be Water

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Intro; Sonar; Be Water I; Crash; Drive; Steam; Can’t Find My Way Home; Be Water II; Still; Outro.

Samadhi

Label: Manricks Music Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Formula Ona; New Years Day; Samadhi; Common Tone; Schmaltz; Formant; Day to Day; Ethereal

The reMission

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Passion Dance; Resolution; Winter Palace; Vertical On Opening Night; Drive By-The Fall; Anything but Anything; Dancing On the Savannah; The Call; Geewa; Sad to Say.

Let's Get Tropical

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Trio 3; MR 4; Glacier Lake; Let's Get Tropical; Mental Self Defense Fitness; MR 2; Straight Talk; Stablemates

Piano Times Seven

Read "Piano Times Seven" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Every jazz pianist plays in their own individual style. These recent albums demonstrate the way seven particular players approach the instrument. Laurent Nicoud Outline QFTF 2020 This is a solo disc by a pianist whose background in classical music shows through the formal drama of his approach ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Christian Sands: Be Water

Read "Be Water" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

A small opus which rises from within, “Intro," unassuming title and all, begins Be Water, a true wealth of music which pianist Christian Sands has designed to flow not only like the awe-inspiring, fear-inducing title element, but like mercy, freely and without boundary. And so it does. For next is “Sonar," a romping festival ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Grégoire Maret / Romain Collin / Bill Frisell: Americana

Read "Americana" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Harmonica player and composer Grégoire Maret is not a familiar name in the U.S. but he should be. The New York-based artist has recorded with Jimmy Scott, Jacky Terrasson, Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Charlie Hunter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Pat Metheny and many others. The very bankable musician has appeared on over seventy-five releases as a ...

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Kandace Springs: The Women Who Raised Me

Read "The Women Who Raised Me" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes

Cover albums tend to sort themselves pretty neatly into two separate bins. One is filled with tiresome stacks of uninspired music soon to be filed away and forgotten. The other, smaller pile is made up of those few in which the artist on the cover managed to do something more than parrot their predecessors. Those who ...


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