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James Hurt

James Hurt, born on May 8, 1967 in Memphis, Tennessee in the historic Orange Mound Community, credits his mom for his early exposure to blues, jazz, and soul music. James became dedicated to the drums by age twelve. At age fifteen, James auditioned as a percussionist and was accepted into Watkins Overton High School of the Creative and Performing Arts. At age sixteen James did his first session as a recording engineer. Musically, James is genre bender who approaches music as a journey in sound. Though James studied percussion while attending TSU, his harmony, counterpoint, form and analysis and applied piano instructor Dr

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures: Glare of the Tiger

Read "Glare of the Tiger" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Back in the late 1960s/early 70s, maybe we weren't ready for it. The Beatles explored psychedelia and Indian music, as did a plugged-in Miles Davis. Then came John McLaughlin's Shakti, Don Cherry, Yusef Lateef, and Joe Zawinul's Weather Report, to name a few heads of state. The music they played, which now might be filed under ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hu Vibrational: The Epic Botanical Beat Suite

Read "The Epic Botanical Beat Suite" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Epic Botanical Beat Suite--the fourth release from percussionist Adam Rudolph's ever-evolving Hu Vibrational--is a trance-inducing rhythmic trip. Rudolph, the man behind the bulky Go: Organic Orchestra and the Moving Pictures Octet, has always been adept at creating distinct outfits. Hu Vibrational has served as his vehicle for blending African rhythms, minimalistic tides, ...

Sonic Mandala

Label: Meta Records
Released: 2013

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Tri-Centric Orchestra Commissioning Series at Roulette

Read "Tri-Centric Orchestra Commissioning Series at Roulette" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

The Tri-Centric Orchestra Roulette Tri-Centric Orchestra Commissioning Series Brooklyn, NY Sept. 24-25, 2013 Addressing the audience at Roulette on Sept. 24, halfway through the first of two nights of the Tri-Centric Presenting Series, trumpeter and foundation executive director Taylor Ho Bynum acknowledged the influence of Artistic Director and spiritual godfather ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Jacksonville Jazz Festival Line-up

The City of Jacksonville is proud to announce an exciting lineup of performances for the 2011 Jacksonville Jazz Festival scheduled for Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, May 29. All festival performances and elements are free and open to the public unless otherwise listed. This year's festival will continue the tradition of jazz in Jacksonville with a ...

Abbey Lincoln: Through the Years 1956-2007

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2010

NEWS: RECORDING

Jacques Schwarz-Bart Featuring Stephanie McKay: 'Rise Above' on Dreyfus Jazz August 31

Soulful sax man Jacques Schwarz-Bart makes his Dreyfus Jazz recording debut with Rise Above, an eclectic blend of jazz and neo-soul featuring the stirring vocal stylings of former Brooklyn Funk Essentials singer Stephanie McKay. Rise Above is an epic culmination of this son of a Black Guadeloupean mother and a French Jewish father's diverse experiences. “The ...


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