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Visionary composer and tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis’s bravest, yet most palpable artistic feat, Days Of FreeMan, opens with a poignant and profound introductory monologue from a maternal sage. She says, “The best thing of living is living who you are. You can’t be somebody else; you gotta be what God gave you to be and who you are. You look in the mirror and see yourself and say ‘I’m James Brandon Lewis.”’Next, bass and drums congeal around the sapphire melodic motif of “Brother 1976,” recalling one of those jazzy jewel-like hooks from a 1990s Native Tongue hip-hop jam

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Jesup Wagon

Label: Tao Forms
Released: 2021
Track listing: Jesup Wagon; Lowlands of Sorrow; Arachis; Fallen Flowers; Experiment Station; Seer; Chemurgy.

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Article: Radio

Devin Gray, Benoit Delbecq and Oh! Canada

Read "Devin Gray, Benoit Delbecq and Oh! Canada" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


With this show's air date falling on July 1st, Canada Day, I decided I best get all patriotic, eh, and program a wide variety of Canadian artists in the second half to celebrate Canadian jazz. In the first part there are tunes from new releases by Benoit Delbecq, the trio of Devin Gray, Ralph Alessi and ...

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Article: Radio

Mario Pavone, Broken Shadows, Dan Rosenboom & Maria Grand

Read "Mario Pavone, Broken Shadows, Dan Rosenboom & Maria Grand" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


The much-respected and much-loved bassist Mario Pavone passed away in May. With great strength and fortitude and supreme dedication to the music he loved, he completed two full albums earlier this year. You'll hear a couple of tracks from one of the recordings Blue Vertical, released by Out Of Your Head Records. R.I.P. Mario. It was ...

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Article: Radio

Harold Danko, Count Basie & James Brandon Lewis

Read "Harold Danko, Count Basie & James Brandon Lewis" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From the young and talented \ we begin the 704th Episode of Neon Jazz with a track off James Brandon Lewis's Live at Willisau done some years back, but released in 2020. We also look into some impressive singers & performers releasing new music including Shelly Rudolph and Emi Makabe. We also include some big band ...

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New albums from Taubenhouse, Carney, Lewis, and Booth and more!

Read "New albums from Taubenhouse, Carney, Lewis, and Booth and more!" reviewed by Bob Osborne


All recent releases this time around with the third volume in the Moments In Trio series from Yaniv Taubenhouse leading the way. There is also free improvisation mixed with modal jazz from Zane Carney, as well as the stunning new album from James Brandon Lewis. Original music and a unique ensemble sound that pushes at the ...

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Article: Radio

James Brandon Lewis, Jaimie Branch, & Dave Rempis

Read "James Brandon Lewis, Jaimie Branch, & Dave Rempis" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Chalk up another great recording from saxophonist and composer James Brandon Lewis. Jesup Wagon for Tau Forms marks another step on what seems to be a steady climb to the top of current saxophonists. Like last year's great Live At Willisau, JBL has drummer Chad Taylor with him along with Kirk Knuffke, Christopher Hoffman and the ...

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Article: Album Review

James Brandon Lewis: Jesup Wagon

Read "Jesup Wagon" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Most listeners have long since moved saxophonist James Brandon Lewis from the rising star category to one labeled virtuoso. But then, pianist Matthew Shipp signaled this status when he mentored Lewis early on and certainly bassist William Parker ordained his arrival by recording with the saxophonist on his major label debut, Divine Travels (Okeh, 2014). Parker ...

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The Unstoppable James Brandon Lewis

Read "The Unstoppable James Brandon Lewis" reviewed by Eric Gudas


Tenor saxophonist, composer, and writer James Brandon Lewis is driven by a restlessness that makes him one of his generation's standout players of, and thinkers about jazz. Although he was voted Rising Star Tenor Saxophonist in the 2020 DownBeat Magazine International Critic's Poll, most might say, after listening to his recent releases, that his star has ...

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Article: Album Review

James Brandon Lewis & Red Lily Quintet: Jesup Wagon

Read "Jesup Wagon" reviewed by Vic Albani


Erano anni che il jazz attendeva un lavoro come questo. Splendido nella totale sua interezza, capace di riportare “il jazz nel jazz" dopo tanti anni e tante nuove incisioni che i critici hanno valutato con attenzione e spesso incensate come lo sforzo creativo del guardare avanti, pur “rimanendo nobilmente avvinghiati alla tradizione" e via di conserva. ...


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