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Freddie Bryant

t the start of his career the great guitarist Kenny Burrell wrote, “Freddie Bryant is a brilliant young guitarist and composer.” Since then he has shown his versatile skills in jazz, classical, Brazilian and other world genres. Freddie is currently in demand in the New York jazz scene. He worked with Ben Riley for over a decade with the Monk Legacy Septet (Memories of T on Concord Records) and The Ben Riley Quartet (Grown Folks Music on Sunnyside Records). He has been a member of the Mingus Orchestra since the millennium and has toured and recorded with Tom Harrell (Paradise on RCA). His own group, KALEIDOSCOPE whose CD, Live Grooves…Epic Tales is on the HiPNOTIC record label features grooves from around the world including Brazil, Cuba and New Orleans as well as influences from blues, gospel, India and the Middle-East. His latest CD Monk Restrung is an exciting project featuring the compositions of Thelonious Monk with Freddie’s trio of guitar, bass and drums with guest appearances of three of the finest guitarists in jazz: Howard Alden, Peter Bernstein and Romero Lubambo. 2014 marked the release of Bryant’s seventh CD, Dreamscape: Solo, Duo, Trio which features the stellar cast of Chris Potter – reeds and Scott Colley – bass as well as the leader playing four guitars: Telecaster, Jazz arch-top, classical and 12-string

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ENSO

Label: Sonic Image
Released: 2022
Track listing: Ombre of Time; Untethered; Pivot; Cycles; The Soundless Song; The Sound; Ringo Oiwake; Hope Pretended to Sleep; Rise Above; Life; Gossamer's Touch

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Freddie Bryant's Upper Westside Love Story

Read "Freddie Bryant's Upper Westside Love Story" reviewed by David Bixler


In this episode of LINER NOTES I speak with guitarist, composer, and now lyricist Freddie Bryant about his song cycle Upper Westside Love Story. With the help of vocalist Carla Cook and soloists Regina Carter, Steve Wilson, and Donny McCaslin, Freddie pays homage to his New York City childhood neighborhood and takes the listener on a ...

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Article: Album Review

Joris Teepe: In The Spirit Of Rashied Ali

Read "In The Spirit Of Rashied Ali" reviewed by Mark Corroto


In politics, as well as music, the revolutionaries rarely govern. With the exceptions of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Marion Brown, and Rashied Ali exemplify this theory. Thankfully, those fighting in the trenches alongside the insurgents, like Joris Teepe, are determined to keep their memory and spirit alive. The Dutch-born New York ...

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Article: Album Review

Akua Dixon: Akua's Dance

Read "Akua's Dance" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


My ears are not accustomed to hearing cello as the lead instrument in an ensemble, and so Akua's Dance by cellist and baritone violinist Akua Dixon took some getting used to. Dixon took quite a circuitous route to her third release: After graduating from New York's Fame High School of the Performing Arts, then ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Jazz in Its Present Tents

Read "Jazz in Its Present Tents" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Jazz sets up camp throughout different geographies--and centuries. Bossacucanova The Best of Bossacucanova Six Degrees Records 2016 Few bands have built upon the legacy of their chosen field the way that Bossacucanova has advanced the music of their native Brazil. Their story begins about two ...

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Article: Album Review

Akua Dixon: Akua's Dance

Read "Akua's Dance" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Lyricism and elegance are two words that come to mind while describing cellist Akua Dixon's third release under her own leadership, Akua's Dance. Two sessions comprise this engaging album on one of which Dixon plays, the rarely heard, baritone violin. The joyous ambience and the instrumentation, Dixon accompanied by guitar, bass and drums, are ...

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Article: Album Review

Akua Dixon: Akua's Dance

Read "Akua's Dance" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


A visage of joyousness fills this album cover. Cellist Akua Dixon, with back arched and eyes closed, can't contain herself. A knowing smile washes over her face as she bathes in the light with cello in hand. It's a picture that perfectly illustrates the artist's place in the moment: Dixon has reached a point of supreme ...

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News: Recording

"Akua's Dance," Third CD By Cellist / Composer / Arranger Akua Dixon, To Be Released February 10

"Akua's Dance," Third CD By Cellist / Composer / Arranger Akua Dixon, To Be Released February 10

With her sublime new album, Akua’s Dance, cellist Akua Dixon brings her sumptuous sound to the foreground on an array of material encompassing exquisite balladry, the music’s deepest roots in African and African-American culture, and instrumental pieces gleaned from Dixon’s opera-in-progress. Her label Akua’s Music will release the new CD on February 10. “The music moves ...

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Article: Interview

Gideon King: New York and Music

Read "Gideon King: New York and Music" reviewed by Sammy Stein


Gideon King is a New York City boy. He was born and raised in the city. He is a composer, guitarist and producer and has worked with some of the finest musicians. He has been involved in projects which cover a range of music genres including pop, funk, jazz and fusion and has produced and collaborated ...


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