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The Headhunters released Speakers In The House on November 4th through Ropeadope Records, the legendary jazz-funk ensemble's first new album in 11 years. Co-lead by percussionist Bill Summers and drummer MikeClark with support from NEA Jazz Master Donald Harrison on alto saxophone, The Headhunters latest studio effort arrives just in time to celebrate this American music institution's 50th anniversary in 2023, having formed around Herbie Hancock's classic recording, Head Hunters, in 1973. An eight-track set available on Ropeadope Records/Devil Hills Entertainment, highlights from Speakers In The House include the New Orleans' second-line grooves of "Rocking At The Mole House," the world music-influenced jazz-fusion of "Kongo Square" and a modern post-bop re-imagination of the classic Headhunters' composition "Actual Proof," first released on their 1974 album, Thrust

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Take Five With Guitarist Scott Emmerman

Read "Take Five With Guitarist Scott Emmerman" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Scott Emmerman Scott Emmerman is a jazz-rock guitarist whose playing incorporates elements of r&b, jazz, & rock. Born in Chicago, Scott was steeped in the blues at an early age but became enamored with the music of Jimi Hendrix and later began to explore jazz through the music of John McLaughlin. He performed on guitar ...

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The Headhunters

Read "The Headhunters" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer


Back in the early '70s, drummer Mike Clark and bassist Paul Jackson were best friends living in East Oakland, playing flatbed gigs at Black Panther rallies, and generally raising hell. Cooking was not their forte, so the barbecue joint next door became a hangout. Mrs. Jones (of Everett and Jones) asked them to write a song ...

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Article: Album Review

The Headhunters: Speakers In The House

Read "Speakers In The House" reviewed by Chris May


Although it appears to have been self-released in limited numbers in 2019, this Ropeadope release of Speakers In The House is effectively the Headhunters's first album since Platinum (Owl) in 2011. The band continues to be led and produced by its two Herbie Hancock-era members, percussionist Bill Summers and drummer Mike Clark, who together have kept ...

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Article: Rediscovery

Herbie Hancock: Thrust

Read "Herbie Hancock: Thrust" reviewed by Mick Raubenheimer


Haters can hate, but that molten decade sprung between the mid-Sixties and mid-Seventies was a smorgasbord of innovation and adventure in music. While the heady spirit of freedom—and hyper-stimuli of psychedelics—didn't exactly wreak genius upon the average human mind (whose imaginative reach crested at tie-dye shirts, living in tepees, and emancipating body hair), original artists went ...

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Article: Live Review

SPHERES at Nublu 151

Read "SPHERES at Nublu 151" reviewed by Peter Jurew


SPHERES Nublu 151 New York, NY July 8 and August 6, 2019 SPHERES is a jazz collective recently started by keyboardist Jamie Saft and electric guitarist Chuck Hammer playing monthly gigs at Nublu, a loft-club showcase for new music in jny: New York City's East Village. Taking inspiration as well as ...

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Justin Brown: Nyeusi

Read "Nyeusi" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


34 anni, da quindici a New York, Justin Brown è noto per le sue partnership con Ambrose Akinmusire, Vijay Iyer, StefonHarris, Esperanza Spalding, Christian McBride, Thundercat e altri. Come si vede è un batterista dall'ampio spettro stilistico e questo suo debutto discografico da leader lo conferma ampiamente. La musica di Nyeusi è una ...

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Article: Album Review

Mike Walker: Ropes

Read "Ropes" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Ropes is Manchester-based guitarist Mike Walker's second album as a leader and it couldn't be much more different from his fusion-oriented debut Madhouse and the Whole Thing There (Hidden Idiom, 2008). This album is a jazz-with-strings affair and a fine one at that. The mood is mostly gentler, more reflective and more pastoral than on his ...

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Article: Album Review

Rob Dixon: Coast to Crossroads

Read "Coast to Crossroads" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


"The album is called Coast to Crossroads because I'm based in Indiana, the Crossroads state, but I also work a lot on the West Coast and East Coast," explains saxophonist Rob Dixon, who leads this trio session with drummer Mike Clark and seven-string funk guitar maven Charlie Hunter (who also served as producer), plus occasional guest ...

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Article: Album Review

Tony Adamo: Was Out Jazz Zone Mad

Read "Was Out Jazz Zone Mad" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Some African cultures preserved their history not by the written but by the spoken word, kept by oral cultural historians known as griots. On Was Out Jazz Zone Mad, vocalist Tony Adamo aspires to serve in this same role, as a verbal historian of both official and unofficial African-American jazz and blues culture. This type of ...


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