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Elliot Mason

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Elliot Mason (Trombone), born in England. He began trumpet lessons with his father at age four. At age seven, struck with an overwhelming curiosity in his father’s trombone, young Mason soon switched his focus from the trumpet. As an eleven-year-old, Mr. Mason was already performing as a trombonist in dance halls, theaters, clubs, and pubs, covering all styles of music but concentrating primarily on jazz and improvisation. At fifteen, he won the national Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Soloist (under 25) Award and was featured at John Dankworth’s Wavendon Jazz School. Entering alternate age categories the next year, Elliot and his brother Brad, as the Mason brothers, won the national competition a second time and by age sixteen, Mr

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Transformation

Label: Tiger Turn
Released: 2021
Track listing: Creation, Part I; Creation, Part II; Dear Dad/Letter; Dear Dad/Response; Prelude for Memnon; One Among Many; Rising Out of Hatred; A Piece by the Angriest Black Man in America; Forgiveness; Wisdom of the Humanities; Reaching the Tropopause.

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The Democracy! Suite

Label: Blue Engine Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Be Present; Sloganize, Patronize, Realize, Revolutionize (Black Lives Matter); Ballot Box Bounce; That Dance That We Do; Deeper Than Dreams; Out Amongst the People (For J Bat); It Come 'Round 'Gin; Tjat's When All Will See.

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Article: Album Review

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis: The Democracy! Suite

Read "The Democracy! Suite" reviewed by Paul Rauch


There is an interesting generational divide in perception when it comes to the music of Wynton Marsalis. While many hail his work at Lincoln Center as elevating jazz to its rightful place among the fine arts, others lament the separation from his iconic quartet and quintet work in the 1980's as some sort of jazz treason. ...

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Sofijazz

Label: Archival Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Superhero 2. Te Gosto 3. Lies of Handsome Men 4. Happy Talk 5. You're Everything 6. Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most 7. Criticize 8. Outside 9. Batida Diferente 10. Clover 11. Bluez 12. Kisa Pada 13. Sejdefu

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Before, Now & After

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Before, Now & After; Caravan; Vulnerable; Passion Dance; And Then There Were <3; Resolution; In A Sentimental Mood; Let Me Ask You Something.

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Article: Radio

Lakecia Benjamin in Conversation

Read "Lakecia Benjamin in Conversation" reviewed by Nick Davies


Welcome to the first installment of The Crazeology Radio Show on All About Jazz where I play a mix of new and old tunes with a focus on progressive jazz as well as songs with a beat. This week's show includes an interview with saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin where we discuss her new album Rise (Ropeadope),

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Article: Live Review

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea at the Kimmel Center

Read "Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea at the Kimmel Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea The Music of Thelonious Monk Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Academy of Music Philadelphia, PA April 8, 2018 In the words of Robin Kelley, Thelonious Monk's definitive biographer, Monk was “An ...

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Article: Jazz Bastard

February 2018: The Necks, Vienna Art Orchestra, Elliot Mason

Read "February 2018:  The Necks, Vienna Art Orchestra, Elliot Mason" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


After a January of unusual episodes, the boys are back in the groove for February. Episode 133 features a wide spread of entries, from Juli Wood's tribute to Finnish folk music Synkka Metsa to the Vienna Art Orchestra's energetic homage Duke Ellington's Sound of Love. Alex Sipiagin's Returning also gets a thorough look-in, along ...

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Article: Album Review

Elliot Mason & Cre8tion: Before, Now & After

Read "Before, Now & After" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Jazz has no shortage of albums dealing with the past-present-future continuum--quite the opposite, in fact--but few carry as personal a tone as trombonist Elliot Mason's debut leader date. While speaking to broad concepts in dealing with the music's history and the notion of time taking form as one giant through line, Mason also inserts family ties ...


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