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Devin Gray: Dirigo Rataplan II

Read "Dirigo Rataplan II" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Dirigo Rataplan is a group led by drummer Devin Gray that contains three outstanding musicians with Baltimore ties, saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, trumpeter Dave Ballou and bassist Michael Formanek. They first recorded in 2012, and six years later they have released a followup CD, Dirigo Rataplan II, with a rambunctious inside-outside style that is based on strong ...


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Dirigo Highlights

Label: Skirl Records
Released: 2012
Duration: 2:28


Dirigo Rataplan

Label: Skirl Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: Quadraphonically; Cancel the Cancel; Down Time; Prospect Park in the Dark (For Charles Ives); Talking with Hands; Otaku; Thickets (For Gerald Cleaver); Katahdin.


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Devin Gray: Dirigo Rataplan

Read "Dirigo Rataplan" reviewed by Dave Wayne

In today's crowded jazz market, it's an achievement to come up with a signature group sound. And yet, this is just one of the wonderful things immediately apparent on Devin Gray's Dirigo Rataplan. An amazing percussionist, Gray's stunningly detailed playing sounds like a cross between Fritz Hauser and Roy Haynes.He flashes some serious compositional ...


Dirigo Rataplan

Featuring the music of Devin Gray
Duration: 14:02

Dave Ballou;Ellery Eskelin;Michael Formane;Devin Gray House Trio = Jesse Stacken and Owen Stewart-Robertson more info at

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Devin Gray: Dirigo Rataplan

Read "Dirigo Rataplan" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Devin Gray is only 28 years old but, in his case, age does not mean much. Already, in his debut as a leader, this Brooklyn-based drummer proves himself a mature and resourceful composer and promising band leader, one who can lead any outfit with the energy and colors produced from his drum set, as the Latin-French ...

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Ellery Eskelin - Dave Ballou - Michael Formanek - Devin Gray: Dirigo Rataplan

Read "Dirigo Rataplan" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Brooklyn si sta confermando sempre più luogo nevralgico per comprendere i nuovi umori della musica improvvisata, e proprio da Brooklyn arriva il giovane batterista/compositore Devin Gray. Per il suo album di debutto Grey si affida alla Skirl Records, etichetta in prima fila nel dare testimonianza dei fermenti metropolitani, e a compagni di viaggio dalla provata esperienza ...


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Devin Gray: Dirigo Rataplan

Read "Dirigo Rataplan" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Despite his youth, drummer Devin Gray has built an impressive resume and a well- deserved reputation as both an improviser and instrumentalist. His first CD as a leader, Dirigo Rataplan shows that he is not a slouch in the composition or bandleader department either. The record's title, loosely translated from Latin and French, ...


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