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James Davis

James Davis began playing the trumpet at age 11. He showed great interest in music throughout his early years of development, eventually participating in the Texas All-State Jazz Ensemble his last two years of high school. James continued his musical endeavors at the University of Texas at Arlington, pursuing a Batchelor of Music Degree and experiencing a wealth of diverse performance opportunities. He continued his education at the University of North Texas receiving a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance. At UNT, James had the opportunity to tour and record with some of the nation’s finest young musicians in the Grammy nominated One O’clock Lab Band and the UNT Wind Symphony

Album

Sketches

Label: ear&eyes Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Beginnings; New Three; Shape Twenty; Sketch Two; No Straight Lines; Shape Twenty-One

Album

Pollinator

Label: Woolgathering Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Clown Drum; So Long, Toots; Dropping' In; Jelly; Cakes; Soup Talk; Feed; Clover.

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Article: Album Review

Matt Ulery: Pollinator

Read "Pollinator" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


What a wonderful lift to an otherwise dismal year is Pollinator, Chicago based bassist Matt Ulery's unabashed revelry in swing jazz circa King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton. Add a few pops, skips and other random surface noises to the sound of these eight unbridled, hothouse Ulery compositions and you'd swear you were sitting in and ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Eclectic Sounds of ears&eyes

Read "The Eclectic Sounds of ears&eyes" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Whereas some record labels try to limit their aesthetic to a certain sound, others take pride in challenging the conventions of genre. Matthew Golombisky, the founder of ears&eyes Records, belongs to the latter category. His philosophy is very clear, as he points out in the label profile that can be read on this site: “My motto ...

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News: Recording

Bassist / Composer Matthew Golombisky Releases 12 Aural "Short-Stories" With Close Music Cohorts / Improvisers On This Cassette Release

Bassist / Composer Matthew Golombisky Releases 12 Aural "Short-Stories" With Close Music Cohorts / Improvisers On This Cassette Release

All About Jazz writer Jakob Baekgaard recently called Matthew Golombisky a modern “renaissance man”. He is a forward moving, fast acting, and busy artist. Between his acoustic/electric bass performing, commissioned compositions (including his work on Australian singer/songwriter Via Tania’s latest album, featuring his Tomorrow Music Orchestra, his film scoring contributions to Argentine director Alejo Domínguez’s feature ...

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Article: Record Label Profile

ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World

Read "ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Those who feel that jazz has run out of steam, that there is nothing new to say, should encounter bassist and renaissance man, Matthew Golombisky, who runs the Chicago-based label ears&eyes. The name says it all. Golombisky is interested in what is going on around him. He is not only curious about music, but also passionate ...

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Article: Album Review

Andrew Hadro: For Us, The Living

Read "For Us, The Living" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Abraham Lincoln had one eye on the past and the other on the present and future when he gave his famous Gettysburg Address. In that speech, celebrating its sesquicentennial when this album was recorded in 2013, Lincoln spoke of honoring the fallen, furthering what they started, and looking forward to “a new birth of freedom." As ...

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Article: Album Review

The Elec Tet: Shiny Metal Objects

Read "Shiny Metal Objects" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The Elec Tet started out as a fusion tribute band, but it quickly outgrew that designation. Drummer Ben Scholz originally formed the group as a vehicle to explore the sounds of now-classic '70s fusion outfits, but something else happened along the way: originality eclipsed imitation in The Elec Tet. Now, on the band's debut album, Scholz ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Ian Torres Big Band: January

Read "Ian Torres Big Band: January" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In the interest of brevity, the name of Chicago-based trumpeter Ian Torres' debut album as shown above has been abridged. For the record, the complete title is January: The Birth and Development of the Ian Torres Big Band. The “Birth" is depicted in the first five numbers, recorded in 2008-09, “Development" in the last half-dozen, recorded ...


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