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Clay Jenkins

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Clay Jenkins' career as a jazz artist has covered a wide range of musical experiences and responsibilities, bringing him to the forefront of the jazz performing and teaching arenas. Clay's experience as a performer began at an early age playing with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. He recorded three live albums with the Kenton Band, Artistry in Symphonic Jazz, A Time for Love, and The Lost Concerts, Vols. I & II, and was also involved with the "Stan Kenton Orchestra in Residence Jazz Camps." Clay moved to Los Angeles in1978, where he was in demand as both a live performer and studio-recording musician

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Electric Miles 2

Label: Summit/Mama
Released: 2023
Track listing: It’s about that time; Rated X; Shhh/Peaceful; Great Expectations; Yaphet; Agharta; Willie Nelson.

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ArtWork

Label: Cavalry Productions
Released: 2023
Track listing: Fever; Hello; At Last; If Love Is Overrated; Not While I’m Around; She’s Funny That Way; This Masquerade; If You Go Away; Empty Chairs; Lush Life; Is That All There Is; Here’s to Life; This Is All I Ask; One Day.

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Fun Times

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: Max-Q; Spiral Song; The Culprit; Abandoned In Place; Something's Burning; Song Of The Northern Road; Needledrop; Startups; Something In The Moon; Splode.

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Grooveyard

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Grooveyard; My New Summer Samba; For Iola; Thanks Hank; Tranesome; Choro Para Thiago; K’s Delight; Mandatory Blues; Sweetness; Keiko’s Birthday March.

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World Travelers

Label: Sam First Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Blue Notes; Landmarks Along The Way; Lake Erie; Barcelona; You Know I Care; It's A Big Wide Wonderful World; Simone; Soultrane; Grand Central.

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Article: Album Review

John La Barbera Big Band: Grooveyard

Read "Grooveyard" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Composer/arranger John La Barbera has been at the top of his game for more than half a century, and Grooveyard is simply another example of his undiminished artistry. Besides arranging everything--superbly, as always--La Barbera wrote six of the session's ten charming songs, escorting other treasures by Carl Perkins, Dave Brubeck, Curtis Fuller and Elvin Jones.

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Article: Album Review

Russell Scarbrough: Fun Times

Read "Fun Times" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Bandleader Russell Scarbrough has an intriguing motto: “If it's not fun, we're not doing it right!" He also had an intriguing way of recording his debut album, Fun Times, to which an entire review could be devoted. Suffice to say that the individual parts were taped in isolation owing to the Covid pandemic and sent to ...

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Article: Album Review

Joe La Barbera: World Travelers

Read "World Travelers" reviewed by Dave Linn


Drummer Joe La Barbera has an extensive and impressive resume. At the age of 20, he played in the second drum chair for the Buddy Rich Big Band before driving the 1972 stellar lineup of Woody Herman's Thundering Herd. In 1978, he was offered the prestigious opportunity to be part of the acclaimed (and what turned ...

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News: Recording

Charles Pillow Large Ensemble Set To Release 'Electric Miles 2' on October 6th

Charles Pillow Large Ensemble Set To Release 'Electric Miles 2' on October 6th

Charles Pillow Large Ensemble Electric Miles 2 The follow-up to acclaimed saxophonist/arranger Charles Pillow’s, “Electric Miles” , one of NPR’s top ten CD’s for 2018, is a further exploration of Miles Davis’ early electric period, 1969-74, arranged for a large jazz ensemble. This time Pillows’ arrangements add 3 french horns in addition to the usual big ...


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