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Francesca Tanksley

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Jeff "Siege" Siegel Quartet: London Live

Read "London Live" reviewed by Troy Dostert


An enticing record from four under-recognized jazz veterans, Jeff “Siege" Siegel's London Live features drummer Siegel and his long-standing partners pianist Francesca Tanksley and tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay, plus new addition bassist Uli Langthaler, for eight expansive, well-played tracks that combine healthy respect for the jazz tradition with a hint of an adventurous edge.

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Article: Interview

Billy Harper: A Life of Persistence and Improvisation

Read "Billy Harper: A Life of Persistence and Improvisation" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


On stage, Billy Harper puts his lips to the tenor saxophone, stands relatively erect and sings through his horn; a strong, angular, muscular sound. There little physical gesticulation, belying the effort it takes to express feelings and emotions through the instrument. But Harper's creative statements demand attention. Over the last few years, a lot ...

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Billy Harper: Blueprints of Jazz, Vol. 2

Read "Blueprints of Jazz, Vol. 2" reviewed by George Kanzler


Tenor saxophonist Billy Harper has been keeping the jazz fires kindled by the ritualistic, incantatory side of the classic John Coltrane Quartet stoked and burning bright for over a quarter-century. Here Harper's working quintet, augmented by a second bassist, presents a program redolent of the processional and the chant. Over it all, Harper's coruscating, brawny tenor ...

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Article: Live From New York

August 2009

Read "August 2009" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Frank KimbroughBirdlandNew York City July 14, 2009When Frank Kimbrough made his leader debut at Birdland (Jul. 14th), easily one of the best piano showcase rooms in New York, there was no doubt he would meet the lofty standard maintained at the club by such fellow pianists as Steve Kuhn and ...

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Jeff "Siege" Siegel: Live in Europe

Read "Live in Europe" reviewed by Karen Hogg


Drummer/composer Jeff Siegel's Live in Europe presents highlights from two radio shows recorded overseas in 2005. Siegel's quartet--tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay, pianist Francesca Tanksley and bassist Danton Boller--perform four of Siegel's compositions as well as tunes by Tanksley and Lindsay. Lindsay's opening “Elvin's Circle" is a moody, propulsive tribute to the great drummer ...

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Journey

Label: DreamCaller
Released: 2003
Track listing: Into the Light; Dance in the Question; In Grace; Trickster; Simple Heart; Journey Without Distance; Earnestly, Tenderly; Prayer; Never Defeated.

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Francesca Tanksley: Journey

Read "Journey" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes


After years of playing as an acclaimed side musician and serving as a mainstay in the Billy Harper Quintet, pianist Francesca Tanksley has finally made her debut with Journey. Joining her on this trio set are her fellow rhythm section players from Harper's quintet, bassist Clarence Seay and drummer Newman Taylor Baker. All ...

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Francesca Tanksley: Journey

Read "Journey" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Resemblances can sometimes cloak reality. It took me a while to get over the fact that Francesca Tanksley looks like my childhood piano teacher. (That sort of musical Freudianism can be hard, you have to understand.) It also took me a while to get over the way her music downright drips with the raw essence of ...

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Journey

Label: DreamCaller
Released: 2002
Track listing: 1. Into The Light 2. Dance In The Question 3. In Grace 4. Trickster 5. Simple Heart 6. Journey Without Distance 7. Earnestly, Tenderley 8. Prayer 9. Never Defeated


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