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Article: Album Review

Michael Dease: Give It All You Got

Read "Give It All You Got" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell once discussed his views on playing music by making a point that, “you are unique, be yourself, put out that thing that is you, then use your work ethic and produce great music." Trombonist Michael Dease embodies the spirit of Burrell's statement. Dease is a dedicated musician who is rapidly making a ...

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Freedom

Label: Dreamers Collective
Released: 2020
Track listing: Triumph 2; Drumterlude 1; The Peacock; Drumterlude 2; Farmboy; Drumterlude 3; Floating; Marrakech; Freedom;The Fugitive; Drumterlude 4; Dare To Dream; Get Up; Drumterlude 5; Soccer Game; Epilogue.

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Take Five with Markus Rutz

Read "Take Five with Markus Rutz" reviewed by Markus Rutz


Meet Markus Rutz Markus Rutz plays trumpet with bluesy, soulful style and a tone that has been called gorgeous. He composes music from his home base in jny: Chicago, Illinois where he also performs modern jazz. As described by Downbeat's J.D. Considine, with his “big, dark tone and a fluid ease to his phrasing," trumpet player, ...

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Ferenc Nemeth: Freedom

Read "Freedom" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Like a playground for improvisation, Hungarian drummer Ferenc Nemeth's newest recording abounds with joy and, in accord with the album title, a strong sense of Freedom. Not only does Freedom continue the bassless concept of his 2012 release Triumph (Dreamers Collective), but the New York-based percussionist allows himself to tap his intuition, often leading to simpler ...

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Greg Tardy

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“Music is an expression of the soul and I always try to speak through my horn,” says Gregory Tardy. “I once heard an older musician say ‘it is better to be felt than to be heard’. I never forgot that. That is my approach to playing any style of music.” Born into a musical family, Gregory Tardy began his musical career studying classical clarinet. In high school, Gregory excelled in music, winning many awards and scholarships offers. While studying with renowned clarinetists Russell Dagon and Jack Snavely, Tardy began preparing for a symphony career. Over time, he began to be asked to play saxophone, to fill in missing gaps in various ensembles

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Article: Live Review

38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival Hart Plaza Detroit, Michigan September 1-4, 2017 Those of us who have been following jazz music for a long time know that there are definite changes in the landscape these days that are having a major impact on the music scene. For starters, we recently have ...

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Article: New York Beat

Jazz at Lincoln Center: The Search for Original African Music

Read "Jazz at Lincoln Center: The Search for Original African Music" reviewed by Nick Catalano


Although jazz emerged as an art form around the turn of the Twentieth century in the southern United States, its roots extend backward over several centuries. The music largely developed from a synthesis of many African and European forms that was achieved through the institution of slavery. Blacks were captured or purchased from specific “factory" areas ...

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Gregory Tardy: The Truth

Read "The Truth" reviewed by Matthew Miller


Of the many stars to have emerged on the jazz horizon during the '90s, one of the most disciplined, emotive and perhaps underrated is the multifaceted Gregory Tardy. The Truth finds him leading a stellar quintet with trumpeter Marcus Printup, pianist Helen Sung, the propulsive bassist Sean Conly, and the talented drummer Jaimeo Brown.

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Gregory Tardy: Abundance

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An abundance of conceptual borrowing characterizes Gregory Tardy’s first release for Palmetto. Tardy cut his debut album nearly ten years ago and has been a not unknown figure on the jazz scene for the past six. His path has crossed with a number of recognizable names: Andrew Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Jay McShann. Evidently heavily influenced by ...

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Article: Album Review

Gregory Tardy: The Hidden Light

Read "The Hidden Light" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Predjudice on the Shortfall. I tend to be fairly cautious when approaching recordings that are ostensibly spiritually or religiously conceived or motivated. I have found that Divine Inspiration does not always equate to listenable music. It is a sticky wicket to address spiritual inspiration with the music, but it is not a musician's personal motivation I ...


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