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Anatomy

Label: Contagious Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: Abstract 1; Fight Song; Nightfall; Equals; Abstract 2; Perseverance; Exit; Abstract 3; Speed Kills; Moonglow.

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Billy Mohler: Anatomy

Read "Anatomy" reviewed by John Chacona


Can we please retire the old cliché about jazz from jny: Los Angeles being limp, wan and bland? One listen to pianist Cameron Graves' slamming metal-jazz or to the jittery complexity of David Binney's recent releases should be enough to torch that outdated canard. Now comes bassist Billy Mohler with Anatomy, 43 minutes of amped-up, torqued-out ...

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Pluto Juice

Label: Contagious Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Welcome to our Snow Globe; Pluto and Beyond; Outskirts of Neptune; Rolly Polly Universe; Trial on Mars; Zoomed Out; Green Gargantua; Approaching Pluto; Lies that Tell the Truth.

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Pluto Juice: Pluto Juice

Read "Pluto Juice" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


The EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument) was popularized in the 1980s by the late sax great Michael Brecker, and allegedly is a difficult instrument to learn because the buttons are touch sensitive and its sound bank possesses the characteristics of multiple woodwind instruments. Moreover, the EWI contains a controller and a sound module and is not simply ...

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Dayna Stephens: Right Now! Live At The Village Vanguard

Read "Right Now! Live At The Village Vanguard" reviewed by John Chacona


In his 2018 book, Playing Changes, Nate Chinen argues that the fundamental jazz dialectic of the 1980s and 90s, namely tradition vs. innovation, was ultimately a false choice. Two years later, Dayna Stephens' Right Now! Live at the Village Vanguard proves the point in the most eloquent way possible. In many ways, Right Now! ...

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Liberty

Label: Contagious Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ran; Faith leap; Kwooked Stweet; The Lost and Found; At Least 37th Cousins; Loosy Goosy; Tarifa; Rhyming History; Planting Flowers; The Sound Goddess; Wil's Way.

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Right Now! Live At The Village Vanguard

Label: Contagious Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD 1: Smoking Gun; Tarifa; Ran; Contagious; Radio-Active Earworm; Faith Leap; Lesson One. CD 2: Loosy Goosy; Planting Flowers; JFK International; You Are Me Blues; The Beginning Of An Endless Happy Monday; Blakonian Groove.

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Dayna Stephens Quartet: Right Now! Live At The Village Vanguard

Read "Right Now! Live At The Village Vanguard" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


New York City's Village Vanguard has a history. Founded by Max Gordon in 1935 and, after his passing in 1989, operated by his wife Lorraine until her death in 2018, the venue became famous for launching jazz careers and hosting the recordings of more than a hundred jazz albums, including saxophonist Sonny Rollins' A Night At ...

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Article: Jazz Journal

Summer 2020

Read "Summer 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette


Jazz Journal is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent releases of note, spotlighting titles that might otherwise go unnoticed or that deserve special attention. Claus Waidtløw The Game Self Produced 2020 A saxophonist who, over the last 3 decades, has recorded and toured with a ...

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Dayna Stephens Trio: Liberty

Read "Liberty" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Saxophonist Dayna Stephens, bassist Ben Street and drummer Eric Harland, together with two handfuls of original compositions, make Liberty a hip and bopping success. Who needs chords, when three voices and tones are able to interact so seamlessly and easily with one another--carefully planting ideas, picking them up and elegantly developing them over the continuing stream ...


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