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Dennis Rollins

Born in Birmingham, England in 1964 of Jamaican parents, Dennis cut his teeth at the age of 14 studying and performing with The Doncaster Youth Jazz Association. After years of concentrated study Dennis moved to London where his unique approach to the instrument was immediately and appreciatively recognised resulting in numerous offers of work In the ensuing years Dennis further honed his formidable talent performing with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) and the legendary all-black jazz big band, The Jazz Warriors. Dennis' reputation as an artist of excellence who is comfortable performing many genres of music has resulted in his working with some of this country's and, indeed, the world's top jazz and pop personalities

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Jean Toussaint: Live At The Jazz Cafe 091218

Read "Live At The Jazz Cafe 091218" reviewed by Chris May

Most times, the transatlantic flow of jazz musicians is from east to west. Less frequently, as with Jean Toussaint's relocation from New York to London, it is contrariwise. Hot from four years as a member of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers's Jazz Messengers, Toussaint arrived in Britain in 1987. He soon established himself as a ...

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Death, Rebirth & New Revolution

Read "Death, Rebirth & New Revolution" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The death knell has often been sounded for jazz and many would argue that the last revolution in jazz took place as the '60s handed the baton to the '70s, with the electronic-influenced jazz typified by trumpeter Miles Davis' ground breaking albums In a Silent Way (Columbia, 1969) and Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). Many believe that ...

The 11th Gate

Label: Motéma Music
Released: 2012
Track listing: Samba Galactica; Emergence; Everything Is Mind; Ujamma; Contemplation; The Other Side; Big Chill; Lightworker; Freedom Jazz Dance; Illuminous; The 11th Gate.

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Chris Flaherty Big Band: Turning Point

Read "Turning Point" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The city of Leeds, in the northern county of West Yorkshire, has developed a reputation in recent years as one of the UK's hotbeds of contemporary jazz and improvised music. But Yorkshire jazz isn't just about being cutting edge or pushing envelopes: there's also a strong affinity with the music's history and traditions; an affinity that ...

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Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio: The 11th Gate

Read "The 11th Gate" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il trombonista britannico Dennis Rollins debutta con un insolito trio, al fianco dell'organista Ross Stanley e del batterista Pedro Segundo. Ispirati dalla porta mistica dell' 11-11-11, i tre musicisti presentano una raccolta di brani originali ad eccezione di “Freedom Jazz Dance" di Eddie Harris. Apre la scaletta “Samba Galactica" in un intreccio di stili su cui ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio: The 11th Gate

Read "The 11th Gate" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

For more than two decades, British trombonist Dennis Rollins has played alongside Maceo Parker, Courtney Pine, The Brand New Heavies and others in and around his home base in the United Kingdom. Rollins' first international release, The 11th Gate came about from a simple conversation Rollins had with Pine, who wondered if it was possible for ...

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All About Jazz members are invited to enter the Motema 3-CD giveaway contest starting today. Five winners will win all three CD's listed below at the conclusion of the contest on March 25th. Click here to enter the contest (Following Gregory Porter at AAJ automatically enters you in the contest.) Good luck! Your Friends ...

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Samba Galactica

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Label: Motéma Music
Released: 2011
Duration: 6:40

The 11th Gate

Label: Motéma Music
Released: 2011
Track listing: Samba Galactica; Emergence; Everything Is Mind; Ujamma; Contemplation; The Other Side; Big Chill; Lightworker; Freedom Jazz Dance; Illuminous; The 11th Gate.


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