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Dennis Chambers

Dennis Chambers started playing drums at the age of 4 and by the age of 6 he was playing in nightclubs. Chambers had no former schooling in music. All his musical training came from playing in nightclubs. At the age of 18 he went from High School to a band called Parliament and Funkadelic. He joined the band in 1978 and played until 1985. From that point he joined Special EFX in 1985. In 1987 Chambers joined the David Sanborn Band and the John Scofield Band, which ended 1989. Shortly afterwards he joined the Mike Stern/Bob Berg Band. From that time he has played in other bands and with band leaders such as: Bill Evans, Mike Urbaniak, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Steve Kahn, The Brecker Brothers Band, Santana and many others

Snapdragon

Label: Abstract Logix
Released: 2020
Track listing: Looni Tooni; Tired But Wired; Outer Look; She's Not There; Boom, Boo, Boom; Snapdragon; Evidence; Groovin' Grant; Bemsha Swing (alternate take).

Master Volume

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Zero to Sixty; Papano Kimono; Old Window; Master Volume; Worth the Wait; Unfinished Business; Hayvanhana; Sweet Sweep; Chances Are; Blues for Who?.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazz Funk and Fusion and Progressive Rock

Read "Jazz Funk and Fusion and Progressive Rock" reviewed by Len Davis

Jazz Funk from Dean Brown and Lettuce, plus new releases from Oz Noy and Scott Jones. Playlist Dean Brown-Dennis Chambers “Breaksong" from D B 2 (BHM Productions) 00:00 Dennis Chambers “Plan B" from Outbreak (ESC Records) 07:59 Pickpocket “Bootstomp" from How 'Bout It (Self Produced) 15:57 Jeff Golub “Cold Sweat" from Do It Again ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Randy Brecker: Fusion Pioneer Still Blazing The Trails

Read "Randy Brecker: Fusion Pioneer Still Blazing The Trails" reviewed by Jim Worsley

One of the greatest musicians of the past half century, Randy Brecker, continues to impress with his compositions, his playing, and his endurance. The famed trumpeter has released no less than eight records over the past couple of years! They are all unique on to themselves with only Brecker's familiar and sweet sound in common. That ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Steve Khan: A Rich Discography and A Priceless Left Hand

Read "Steve Khan: A Rich Discography and A Priceless Left Hand" reviewed by Jim Worsley

The life and times of guitarist extraordinaire Steve Khan stretch through a high volume of evolving chapters that fuse together like the passages of a finely crafted arrangement. An expansive conversation with Khan touched on a variety of memories. Still, this is perhaps the Reader's Digest version of the seventy-three years old musician and composer's remarkable ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

John Scofield: One For Swallow

Read "John Scofield: One For Swallow" reviewed by Ian Patterson

From time to time in his storied career John Scofield will take a look over his shoulder and re-examine some of the music that has fed into his own, personal brand of jazz. The influences are many, for no matter the context that Scofield engineers, his distinctive sound always carries something of the blues, a little ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gergo Borlai: The Missing Song

Read "The Missing Song" reviewed by Jim Worsley

The Missing Song has been heralded as a tribute to Gergo Borlai's nine most influential drummers still alive and performing today. This is much more than just listing them and perhaps covering one of their songs. Borlai composed eight of the nine new songs on this album. He plays them all in the manner, or mindset, ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond the BASSics, Part 2

Read "Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond the BASSics, Part 2" reviewed by Jim Worsley

In case you missed it, Part One of my conversation with Jimmy Haslip covered a lot of ground and had a few good laughs along the way. Although we talked about the Yellowjackets, we delved more deeply into why and how he parted ways with the band some eight years ago. Haslip has been producing records ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Khan: Patchwork

Read "Patchwork" reviewed by John Kelman

Amongst the many myths out there about music-making—especially in jazz, where the improvisation quotient is often so high—is that composing may, indeed, be work, but doesn't require the kind of relentless attention to detail that far more truthfully defines how many artists write and arrange their music. These days, one need only look to music by ...


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