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Diego Rivera

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Diego Rivera has been called, "A bright, new voice on the saxophone whose sound emerges from the echoes of the past." In 1999, Rivera toured nationally with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra for their Big Band '99 U.S. tour. Rivera has also toured with internationally renowned bassist, Rodney Whitaker, former member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Rivera has performed at the Detroit Jazz Festival, Art Tatum Toledo Jazz Festival, Idlewild Jazz Festival and Lansing Jazz Festival. In 2002, Rivera accepted as position as Instructor of Jazz Saxophone and Improvisation at Michigan State University

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Soul Conversations

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Two Bass Hit; London Towne; Beardom X; Red Chair; Giant Steps; Language of Flowers; Human Nature; Girl Talk; Harlem Harlem Harlem; Soul Conversations.

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Indigenous

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Marabi; Indigenous; The Secret Life Of Plants; Sombras Del Pasado; Asta Ta Malakia Sou; Aztlan; Sabor A Mi; BLM Plaza; Nefeli; Melina Maria; Purpose; Shir LaShalom

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Tim Mayer: Keeper of the Flame

Read "Keeper of the Flame" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On Keeper of the Flame, Tim Mayer, a Bostonian who now calls Mexico home, leads a sharp, swinging group of like-minded amigos on a (mostly) octet studio date enriched by Diego Rivera's colorful arrangements. Mayer plays tenor sax on half a dozen tracks, soprano sax on “Bye Bye Blackbird" and “Get Organized," alto flute on “Elusive." ...

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Ulysses Owens Jr. Big Band: Soul Conversations

Read "Soul Conversations" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.'s Big Band comes out swinging on its debut recording, Soul Conversations, thundering through Michael Dease's incendiary arrangement of the Dizzy Gillespie/John Lewis flame-thrower, “Two Bass Hit." For more such heat, however, the listener must move forward to Track 5, John Coltrane's impulsive “Giant Steps," thence to Track 9 for Charles Turner III's ...

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Diego Rivera: Indigenous

Read "Indigenous" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


The old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words" might be a cliché, but it also contains an element of truth. Some of the most powerful messages come across without relying on words. And when it comes to music, lyrics are not always needed to convey a message. Such is the case with Diego Rivera's ...

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Tales Of Wonder: A Jazz Celebration Of Stevie

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Send One Your Love: Works For Me; My Cherie Amour: Jon Davis; Superwoman: Theo Hill; You And I: Idle Hands; You Haven't Done Nothin': Jared Gold; The Secret Life Of Plants: Diego Rivera; All In Love Is Fair: Farnell Newton; Visions: Out To Dinner.

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Various Artists: Tales Of Wonder: A Jazz Celebration Of Stevie

Read "Tales Of Wonder: A Jazz Celebration Of Stevie" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


There aren't many songwriters who have reached a level of success comparable to Stevie Wonder. He is one of the most important figures in American music, and to celebrate his 70th birthday, Posi-Tone records is releasing Tales of Wonder: A Jazz Celebration of Stevie. This compilation, performed by some of the label's excellent roster of musicians, ...

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Impressions of Coltrane

Read "Impressions of Coltrane" reviewed by Bob Osborne


To mark reaching the 350th edition of World of Jazz a show focusing on the music of John Coltrane with music from the man and also interpretations of his compositions by other jazz artists.... Playlist John Coltrane “Billie's Bounce" from The Prestige Recordings (Prestige) 00:00 Khan Jamal “Blues for P.C." from Impressions of Coltrane (Steeplechase) 10:44 ...

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Diego Rivera, Paolo Pavan and More

Read "Diego Rivera, Paolo Pavan and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This week we feature new releases from Diego Rivera and Paolo Pavan, a host of other recent albums, and forthcoming releases, as well as some classic Carla Bley to close proceedings. Playlist Diego Rivera “Connections" from Connections(Posi-tone) 00:00 Paolo Pavan “Black Hand" from BlacHand (Paolo Pavan) 05:12 Michele Franzini, Greg Osby “Beauty Has ...


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