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Dezron Douglas

Known for his musical versatility, bassist Dezron Douglas is one of the most in demand young bassists in jazz today. Composer, bandleader, sideman and educator, Dezron has established himself as a musician’s musician, respected not only for his talent but also for his dedication to the authenticity of the music. Born and raised in Hartford, CT, Dezron grew up surrounded by music. His first musical influences weren’t actually jazz, even though he is the nephew of the legendary drummer and composer, Walter Bolden (Nancy Wilson). The sounds that filled his home were of Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Minnie Ripperton, Diana Ross, Gregory Isaacs, Peter Tosh, The Clark Sisters, Mahalia Jackson, Commissioned, and the list goes on

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Valse Sinistre

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Little Melonae; Never Ends; Valse Sinistre; Laura; Frankenstein; Changes for Trane & Monk; Clara’s Room; Reconfirmed; Lawra.

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The Summit Rock Session at Seneca Village

Label: Giant Step Arts
Released: 2022
Track listing: Flower; Curious; Low Bridge; If You Could See Me Now; Dance Little Mandisa; Seneca Blues; Will Never Be Forgotten.

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Honoring Pat Martino, Volume 1

Label: HighNote Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Inside Out; Black Glass; Line Games; Willow; Noshufuru; Lament; On the Stairs; Joyous Lake; Country Road.

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Article: Album Review

Billy Drummond and Freedom of Ideas: Valse Sinistre

Read "Valse Sinistre" reviewed by Jack Bowers


As one of the world's foremost jazz drummers, Billy Drummond manages to keep busy--so much so that Valse Sinistre, recorded in November 2021, is his first album as leader in more than twenty-five years, following the critically acclaimed Dubai from 1996. This time around, Drummond is at the helm of his Freedom of Ideas quartet: Micah ...

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Article: Profile

Johnathan Blake: un batterista ai vertici

Read "Johnathan Blake: un batterista ai vertici" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Accolto tra i lavori migliori dell'anno dalle massime riviste internazionali Homeward Bound, è il quarto disco di Johnathan Blake e il debutto con l'etichetta Blue Note. L'album ha finalmente evidenziato le doti di compositore e leader del 45enne batterista di Philadelphia, figlio del violinista John Blake Jr., noto partner di McCoy Tyner, Archie Shepp, James Newton, ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Dara Tucker to perform at New Jersey Jazz Society January Social on January 29th

Dara Tucker to perform at New Jersey Jazz Society January Social on January 29th

Other jazz musicians appearing on the album, in addition to Chestnut, include pianist Sullivan Fortner, bassist Dezron Douglas, drummer Johnathan Blake, saxophonist John Ellis, and trumpeter Giveton Gelin. Among additional song selections on Dreams of Waking are James Taylor's “Secret O' Life," Donny Hathaway's “Someday We'll All Be Free," and Wonder's “You Haven't Done Nothin.'" As ...

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Article: Album Review

Greg Abate: Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron

Read "Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Musicians will sometimes honor another musician who influenced their lives or work with a tribute or memorial recording after that influential musician has passed on. There's an abundance of first-rate music on the double-disc Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron. But the best thing about it is that the leader, flutist and saxophonist Greg Abate, ...

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Crisis

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Arab Arab; I'm Afraid the Masquerade Is Over; Desert Moonlight; Where Are You?; Creeping Crud; Alien Visitation; Crisis; Oxygen; It's Only a Paper Moon

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Y'all Don't (Really) Care About Black Women

Label: Verve Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: God Bless the Child; Perdido; Detour Ahead; All Africa (The Beat); The Music Is the Magic; Pay Black Women Interlude; Woman of the Ghetto; Jazz (Ain’t Nothing But Soul); Go Away Little Boy; What a Difference; Beginning to See the Light.


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