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Godwin Louis

Godwin Louis, alto saxophonist, was born in Harlem, New York and began playing saxophone at age nine. Godwin grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut and Port au Prince, Haiti. Godwin was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Saxophone Competition. He has performed around the globe including: Mali, Senegal, Togo, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Italy, Russia, Azerbaijan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Venezuela, Colombia, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia. Godwin is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute for Jazz Performance. Godwin has studied and performed with Herbie Hancock, Clark Terry, Roger Dickerson, Ron Carter, Al Foster, Jack Dejohnette, Jimmy Heath, Billy Preston, Patti Labelle, Toni Braxton, Babyface, Madonna, Gloria Estefan, Barry Harris, Howard Shore, David Baker, Mulatu Astakte, Mahmoud Ahmed, Wynton Marsalis, and Terence Blanchard just to name a few. In addition, Godwin has performed as a sideman, guest soloist and has conducted clinics and master classes worldwide

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Article: Album Review

Michael Feinberg: Hard Times

Read "Hard Times" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Although the Covid pandemic has been devastating to the artistic community, and certainly jazz musicians are no exception, albums like Michael Feinberg's Hard Times point to the possibility of hopeful resilience. With a top-shelf bunch of colleagues and smart compositions with rhythmically crafty arrangements, the bassist's eighth release is a winner, with a plucky spirit and ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Jared Schonig's Two Takes

Read "Jared Schonig's Two Takes" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Drummer Jared Schonig has tried something different on his first recording as a leader. He has released two albums featuring the same eight original compositions played in two different settings, one with a quintet and one with a big band. The drive and muscular rhythmic pulse of his writing come through in both configurations.

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Hard Times

Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Introduction; Nardis; The Husafell Stone; Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit; Three Flowers; Janky in the Middle; Every. Damn. Day; Lauren’s Song; Monkeys Never Cramp; Outro; Hard Times.

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Early Blue Evening

Label: ArtistShare
Released: 2021
Track listing: Don’t Tell Me What to Do; Feet and Frames; The Holidaymakers; Aircheck; Early Blue Evening; Fanfare on Fairfax; Cork Grease and Valve Oil; Portrait of Joe Temperley; Symphony for Doctor “T”; Theme from The Odd Couple; How Am I to Know?

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Article: Album Review

Andy Farber and His Orchestra: Early Blue Evening

Read "Early Blue Evening" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Saxophonist Andy Farber's New York-based orchestra came together and cut its teeth as the onstage band for three hundred performances of After Midnight, a Broadway revue that paid tribute to Jazz Age nightclub luminaries from Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford and Count Basie to Harold Arlen, Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh. As one might presume from the ...

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Resilience

Label: Soul Cycle Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Resilience; Healing; Push/Pull; Reflection Point; Chorale; Play Date; The Wanderer; Same Mistakes; Meditation on Peace.

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Legacy Holder

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Call; Find My Way; Legacy Holder; Haikus; Major; Seconds & Seasons; Son of Hartford; 29.

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Label: Soul Cycle Music
Released: 2020
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Article: Album Review

Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead: Legacy Holder

Read "Legacy Holder" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Drummer Jonathan Barber's Legacy Holder is a musical missive acknowledging the history that flows before and beyond his time, the ethos of the present, and a need to bind these streams into a single/singular statement or groundwork for himself and those who will follow. It is an album built on intellect, understanding, intuition and, perhaps most ...


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