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Gary Thomas

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Saxophonist and flutist Gary Thomas established himself in the 1980s as one of the most jarring soloists of his generation, especially against somewhat chaotic backdrops such as the electronic-tinged accompaniment of guitar, keyboards, bass and drums on Seventh Quadrant (1987) and Code Violations (1988). He kept antagonizing the tradition of jazz with By Any Means Necessary (1989), featuring (among others) alto saxophonist Greg Osby, keyboardist Geri Allen, guitarist John Scofield, bassist Anthony Cox and percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, and The Kold Kage (1991), that experimented with synthesizer, turntable and rapping, always displaying a passion for uncharted territories. A member of Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition band and Thomas has worked with John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Jim Hall, Dave Holland, Wayne Shorter, Ravi Coltrane, Cassandra Wilson, Wallace Roney, Miles Davis, Steve Coleman, as well as numerous other premier jazz musicians. He currently serves as Director of Jazz Studies at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore.

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The Red Door

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Red Door; Weezy; Phoebe's Stroll; The Good Life; Big Small; Dexter's Tune; Amazing Grace; Feed The Fire; All The Things You Are; Smoke Rings; They Won't Go When I Go; I Have The Feeling I've Been Here Before.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Hip-Hop Jazz Thing @50 - Part 1

Read "A Hip-Hop Jazz Thing @50 - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Hip-Hop's birthday has been officially identified as August 11, 1973 and many initiatives marking its fiftieth anniversary are already under way. Should you catch yourself wondering--as a jazz fan--about how jazz and hip hop influenced one other... you may find a few clues on this program. And since you're in a celebratory mood, you can also ...

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Song of the Day

Weezy

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Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 07:11

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Article: Album Review

Orrin Evans: The Red Door

Read "The Red Door" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


A most generous craftsman, composer and bandleader, pianist Orrin Evans never fails to bring out the best of whoever he chooses to create with. The Red Door is gratefully, and gracefully, no exception to that rule. Whatever musical setting Evans chooses to practice his sinewy, r'n'b inflected post-bop in--sideman, big band, trio, quartet, duo, ...

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Article: Album Review

Orrin Evans: The Red Door

Read "The Red Door" reviewed by Dave Linn


Orrin Evans released his debut album for quintet, “Justin Time," in 1996, at the age of 21. Over the next 25 years, Evans released over 20 albums in all shapes and sizes. From trio to standard ensembles to large bands and big bands, Evans' history included a ten-year stint as a member of the Mingus Big ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Guitar Shaman Ron Bosse Kicks Off Tour Showcasing Jeff Lorber-Produced Hit Album 'Burning Room Only'

Guitar Shaman Ron Bosse Kicks Off Tour Showcasing Jeff Lorber-Produced Hit Album 'Burning Room Only'

Jazz Improvisation + Rock & Roll Abandon = Deep Thrills Ron Bosse is taking his hit album Burning Room Only on the road with a band featuring jazz fusion pioneer and Grammy Award winner Jeff Lorber, who produced and played keyboards on all tracks on the set. A high-octane instrumental album at the intersection of jazz, ...

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Article: Liner Notes

George Colligan: Ultimatum

Read "George Colligan: Ultimatum" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Unlike classical music, where so much of the performance is based on an authentic interpretation of the material, jazz has always been more about inventiveness and the musician's quest to find an original voice. Additionally, some of the most innovative artists in the genre have been known not only for their instrumental prowess, but also for ...

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Article: In Pictures

Gary Thomas with the John Toomey Trio at Robin Hixon Theater

Read "Gary Thomas with the John Toomey Trio at Robin Hixon Theater" reviewed by Mark Robbins


Saxophonist Gary Thomas has been called “one the most original saxophone voices of his generation" and not only is he in high demand in jazz but has worked with some of the top rap artists and orchestras performing today. More than just a first-call sideman, Thomas has recorded 11 albums as a leader. Two ...

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Article: Album Review

John McLaughlin: The Montreux Years

Read "The Montreux Years" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Montreux Jazz Festival and John McLaughlin have shared a special bond since the English guitarist first performed at the internationally renowned Swiss festival in 1972, with The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Since then, the ever-searching McLaughlin has returned numerous times, with almost every formation he has ever led. This double vinyl or single-CD release is effectively a sampler, ...


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