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Gavin Templeton

Gavin Templeton is a Los Angeles based saxophonist, woodwind player, composer and educator. Gavin spent his formative years in Reno, Nevada. He began studying classical violin at five years old, but switched to the alto saxophone a few years later. His saxophone teacher introduced him to the music of Charlie Parker, which deeply affected him. Gavin felt an instant affinity with bebop music. He memorized Parker tunes and performed them for friends, family, and at his saxophone teacher’s gigs when he would be invited up to the bandstand. Gavin's professional career began in his teens

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The Baba Orchestra: Marigold

Read "Marigold" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A distanza di due anni dal sorprendente debutto con Another Ride on the Elephant Slide Lauren Elizabeth Baba pubblica un nuovo album con la sua orchestra californiana di 17 elementi, registrato come il precedente in studio. L'incisione presenta una lunga opera ispirata alla storia familiare della bandleader e commissionata dalla Los Angeles Jazz Society.

Vinny Golia Sextet: Trajectory

Read "Trajectory" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Walking in the canyons of a big city like New York or in the old-growth forests of California Redwoods, it is almost impossible to acquire perspective. One cannot stand back far enough to take in the enormity of the scene. It is best to embrace the hugeness and enjoy the experience. The same can be said ...

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Jon Armstrong: Burnt Hibiscus

Read "Burnt Hibiscus" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Now firmly ensconced as the Director of Jazz Studies at Idaho State University, Jon Armstrong may just be a little homesick. Well, more than a little. After all, Pocatello is a far cry from the multi-cultural hustle and bustle of his hometown of Los Angeles. It's not surprising that Armstrong's new album, Burnt Hibiscus is a ...

Ballast

Label: Orenda Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Contact; Strong Ties; If Only; Zeros, Ones; The Program; Waiting Room; Tether; Vexillum; Fortresses; Canto CVIII.

In Series

Label: Nine Winds Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Know Why; Inbox; Bug; Karina; The Other Shoe; Palms; Volley.

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Gavin Templeton: In Series

Read "In Series" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

Tenerezza e vigore, delicatezza e fermezza sostanziano la natura di In Series. Affrontando sistematicamente l'ascolto dell'album del sassofonista Gavin Templeton affiorano episodi autenticamente ispirati che, pur non prescindendo dai consolidati precetti che normano il jazz moderno, consegnano al fruitore momenti di indubbia raffinatezza musicale. “Karina," ad esempio, ha la sinuosità intrigante di una ballad tradizionale; ...

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Gavin Templeton: Ballast

Read "Ballast" reviewed by Dave Wayne

A native of Reno, Nevada, alto saxophonist Gavin Templeton is emerging as one of the leading voices of Los Angeles' suddenly burgeoning modern jazz scene. If the music on Ballast, his fourth album as a leader, is any indication, Templeton might just be on his way to becoming one of the leading voices in modern jazz, ...

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Jon Armstrong Jazz Orchestra: Farewell

Read "Farewell" reviewed by Dave Wayne

I am beginning to wonder if every jazz musician has, in some dark corner of their psyche, a suppressed ambition to lead a big band. Economically unfeasible, logistically impossible--but artistically gratifying--a big band is perhaps the ultimate way to make manifest one's greatest musical ambitions. You get to conduct, pick your own solos, compose and arrange ...

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Daniel Rosenboom: Astral Transference / Seven Dreams

Read "Astral Transference / Seven Dreams" reviewed by Robert Bush

L.A. trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom seems to gravitate towards music that challenges on multiple levels, and his latest recording Astral Transference/ Seven Dreams, a sprawling, two-disc transcription of a live concert at the Blue Whale is nothing if not wildly ambitious. “Astral Transference," is the single composition that takes up the entirety of ...


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