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Article: Rhythm In Every Guise

Evan Sherman: Not Just A Throwback

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It is too easy to simply consign Evan Sherman to the throng of young drummers in the thrall of bebop masters such as Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Philly Joe Jones. Throughout Sidewalkin', Sherman's self-produced recording from 2021, and a recent live performance at the Madison Community Arts Center in Madison, NJ, these influences are perceptible, ...

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Article: Album Review

Doug Webb: The Message

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The trappings of The Message, tenor saxophonist Doug Webb's eleventh release for Posi-Tone Records, are perhaps recognizable to anyone with an interest in jazz conventions. All hands, except for drummer Charles Ruggiero, contribute at least one composition. While some are more adventurous (tenor saxophonist Bob Reynolds' “Where Did You Come From?," and alto saxophonist Greg Osby's ...

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Article: Book Review

Be Inspired, Stay Focused: Creativity, Learning, and the Business of Music

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Be Inspired, Stay Focused: Creativity, Learning, and the Business of Music Sam Newsome 146 Pages ISBN: #978-1-09835-231-8 Some New Press 2022 Sam Newsome offers an abundance of ideas, concepts, and guidance throughout Be Inspired, Stay Focused: Creativity, Learning, and the Business of Music. Some of them, like “The Benefits ...

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Article: Live Review

Mike Lee Quartet at the Metuchen Public Library

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Mike Lee Quartet Metuchen Public Library Metuchen, NJ April 30, 2022 Tenor saxophonist Mike Lee is well into his middle years, a time when many jazz musicians fulfill the promise of their youthful endeavors. Lee's live appearances as a leader convey a deep-seated belief in the music, an impressive skill ...

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Article: Album Review

Boris Kozlov: First Things First

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Bassist Boris Kozlov, pianist Art Hirahara and drummer Rudy Royston often operate as the rhythm section on sessions for the venerable Posi-Tone Records imprint. Regardless of the leader they are serving, they deliver a coherent foundation and frequently extend themselves beyond the parameters of a conservative, strictly supportive role. In short, it is never predictable what ...

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Article: Book Review

The Lady Swings: Memoirs of a Jazz Drummer

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The Lady Swings: Memoirs of a Jazz Drummer Dottie Dodgion and Wayne Enstice 264 Pages ISBN: #9780252085512 University of Illinois Press2021 Dottie Dodgion isn't reluctant to share the trials and tribulations endured throughout a long life. Dodgion was raped by her stepfather at age ten, afflicted with early ...

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Article: Album Review

Farnell Newton: Feel The Love

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Posi-Tone Records produces coherent projects and maintains high standards in part by keeping things in-house; that is, frequently drawing on a substantial roster of affiliated artists to serve on a particular leader's record. A case in point is Feel The Love, Farnell Newton's third release for the label. While Newton's measured, concise, full-toned trumpet stylings and ...

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Article: Rhythm In Every Guise

Nadav Snir-Zelniker: The Sound of Surprise

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For the last dozen years or so I've frequented The Turning Point Café in Piermont, NY. I return to the small, informal venue time and time again to hear live jazz that's long on substance and short on pretense and ceremony. Though the town may seem removed from the hustle and bustle of jny: New York ...

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Article: Album Review

Art Hirahara: Open Sky

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At the close of each track of Art Hirahara's Open Sky it feels like the slate gets wiped clean and the record begins anew. The disc is rife with turnabouts and the contrasts in character of the thirteen performances are often startling. In the first four cuts alone, an insistent post-bop line ("Groundswell") gives way to ...

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Article: Live Review

John Richmond with Special Guest Ralph Lalama

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John Richmond with Special Guest Ralph Lalama The Turning Point Cafe Nyack Jazz Week 2021 Piermont, NY July 26, 2021 What's so special about a special guest artist? While stints in name bands or a track record as a leader may be sufficient to get the booking and fill ...


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