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Eric McPherson

Born and raised in New York, Eric was immersed in music from birth on: Richard Davis, his godfather and an icon among jazz bassists, was present at his birth. It was Richard who suggested he be named after Eric Dolphy. Before Eric was three months old, his mother--a superb dancer-choreographer deep in the jazz scene--was taking him, strapped to her back, to rehearsals and performances. Her wide orbit of friends included lots of drummers, major jazz artists like Max Roach, Michael Carvin, Charles Moffett and Freddie Waits. Small wonder that Eric was beating on pots and pans before he could walk

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Seneca Village Concerts

Read "The Seneca Village Concerts" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


For much of 2020 and 2021, the coronavirus pandemic brought a screeching halt to virtually all live music performances in this country. To combat that, some individuals in various locales arranged series of live open-air performances. One was recording engineer and photographer Jimmy Katz who curated a series of live outdoor jazz performances in New York ...

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Article: Album Review

Stephan Crump: Rocket Love

Read "Rocket Love" reviewed by Troy Dostert


One of the most versatile bassists of his generation, Stephan Crump has proven repeatedly that he can do pretty much anything on his instrument. He can lock down some ferocious grooves with Vijay Iyer as a part of the pianist's trio on Accelerando (ACT, 2012) and Break Stuff (ECM, 2015). But he's no stranger to free ...

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Wandersphere

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Wnadersphere I, CD 1: Super Organism; An Invitation to Disappear. Wandersphere II, CD 2: Old Growth; Possible Pictures.`

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Article: Year in Review

John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2021

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2021" reviewed by John Sharpe


Whether due to pent up creative energy or release schedules making up for lost time, more terrific music has come my way than for several years, in spite of the last twelve months. From the 200 or so discs that I heard in 2021, here are ten new issues (in the order I came across them), ...

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Article: Album Review

Borderlands Trio: Wandersphere

Read "Wandersphere" reviewed by John Sharpe


Like a billionaire with money to burn, the Borderlands Trio frequently launch into space, and hit the jackpot in doing so. On this double disc set, the threesome—comprising bassist Stephan Crump, pianist Kris Davis and drummer Eric McPherson—luxuriate in the wide open vistas of four expansive improvisations of between nineteen and forty-two minutes. The decision to ...

Article: Live Review

Sesto Jazz 2021

Read "Sesto Jazz 2021" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Sesto Fiorentino (FI) Sesto Jazz 2021 Giardino del Teatro della Limonaia 31.7-2.8.2021 Sebbene ritardato dalla pandemia (le precedenti edizioni si svolgevano in marzo), Sesto Jazz—breve rassegna di tre date alle porte del capoluogo= toscano—si è svolta anche quest'anno, confermando la qualità delle proposte artistiche, che stavolta prevedevano un incrocio tra il ...

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Article: Album Review

Stephan Crump: Wandersphere

Read "Wandersphere" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Let's play a game. Call it “Is it improvised or composed?" Today's contestants are the Borderlands Trio, comprised of bassist Stephan Crump, pianist Kris Davis, and drummer Eric McPherson. Their release Wandersphere, recorded in December, 2020, consists of four tracks on two CDs. Four lengthy tracks, the shortest nearly twenty minutes and the longest at forty-one ...

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Article: Album Review

Borderlands Trio: Stephan Crump / Kris Davis / Eric McPherson: Wandersphere

Read "Wandersphere" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


It begins so quietly, whispering out of silence like a ghost. The creaking door of Stephan Crump's arco bass, the hiss of Eric McPherson's brushes, the parsimonious delicacy of Kris Davis' piano notes. This is what opens Disc one of this two CD outing by the Borderlands Trio. The tune's following half hour's worth of improvisational ...

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Article: Interview

A Conversation with Jackie McLean

Read "A Conversation with Jackie McLean" reviewed by AAJ Staff


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in October 1998. All About Jazz: You grew up in the same neighborhood as Bud Powell. How did he impact your life? And, what was Bud Powell the man like? Jackie McLean: He certainly lived in the vicinity of my ...


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