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Eric Plaks

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Eric Plaks - pianist - has lived his entire adult life in Harlem, where he has split his time between teaching music in the New York City public school system and his own performing and recording projects. Eric can be heard live regularly throughout the NYC area, including in his monthly engagement at The Shrine in Harlem, where he directs one of the city's top innovative large ensembles, the 14-member Shrine Big Band. Eric's discography to date includes two discs on Cadence/CIMP, Live at Bronx Community College (2013, recorded in 2009), and The Eric Plaks Five (2015, recorded in 2008)

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Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake, Dennis González, Clean Feed Records & Zoh Amba

Read "Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake, Dennis González, Clean Feed Records & Zoh Amba" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


I missed the original release by Fred Anderson and Hamid Drake of their From The River To The Ocean in 2007, but I'm catching up to this brilliant piece of work. The recording has been made available again on bandcamp.com. It's one of the features of this episode, as is O Life, O Light Vol. 1 ...

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Myra Melford, Eric Plaks & Music For Ukraine

Read "Myra Melford, Eric Plaks & Music For Ukraine" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Myra Melford's new recording, For The Love Of Fire And Water, is an excellent one. It's a multi-part suite performed by Melford, Ingrid Laubrock, Mary Halvorson, Tomeka Reid and Susie Ibarra. It's one of the feature recordings in a decidedly internationally-flavored show. New York pianist Eric Plaks contributes music from four of his groups, German saxophonist ...

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Exploring New Directions with Mark Lockheart, Jorge Rossy, Daniel Carter and more

Read "Exploring New Directions with Mark Lockheart, Jorge Rossy, Daniel Carter and more" reviewed by Bob Osborne


Exploring new directions in jazz from around the world, this show has recent releases from Mark Lockheart, Jorge Rossy, Daniel Carter, Joaquin Muro, Nicholas Bridgmen, Pepa Päivinen and Mario Laginha. There is also music from the outstanding trio of Whit Dickey, William Parker, and, Matthew Shipp. The show kicks off with the funky sounds of the ...

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Cuong Vu, Phil Schurger, Cluttertones and More

Read "Cuong Vu, Phil Schurger, Cluttertones and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Check out some great music from new releases, from the avant-garde/Middle Eastern/North African fusion of Ensemble Fanaa, to trumpeter Cuong Vu's quartet with Bill Frisell; from Chicago guitarist Phil Schurger to New Orleans drummer Billie Davies; from poet Vince Bell to pianist Ran Blake with singer Christine Correa. Plus a set from three excellent German groups ...

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The Eric Plaks Five

Label: Cadence Jazz Records
Released: 2015

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The Shrine Big Band - Swamp Music

Label: Ducaine Records
Released: 2013

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Eric Plaks with Strings

Label: Ducaine Records
Released: 2007

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Eric Plaks - Rooftop Reveries

Label: Ducaine Records
Released: 2004


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