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Jay Epstein

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A jazz drummer with an extensive career, Jay has played in many diverse jazz groups. After graduating from college in Minnesota, he studied polyrhythmic concepts in New York with Barry Altschul, the drummer in Chick Corea's Circle. He has lived in Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Miami, Minneapolis, and played in house bands for 5 years on several cruise ships. His CD "Long Ago" featuring bassist Anthony Cox & pianist Bill Carrothers, has garnered luminous reviews in the national press. Recently he’s returned from his 6th European tour. Some of the notable artists he has performed with include Barney Kessel, Roseanna Vitro, Manfredo Fest, Sheila Jordan, Terry Gibbs, Greg Abate, Claudio Roditi, Gary Foster, Kim Richmond, Vinny Golia, JoAnne Brackeen, Ernie Watts, Wayne Johnson, Karrin Allyson, Kenny Werner, Howard Levy, Toots Thielmans, Avashai Cohen, and Sarah Vaughan.

Album

Triage

Label: Shifting Paradigm Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Anniversary #1; Blue Talisman #2; Evan More Than Before #3; Happy Ants #4; In The Light #5; At What Price Happiness #6; Jim's Theme #7; Jinx #8; Wysteria #9; Temple Of Truth #10; Living The Happy Dream #11

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Article: Radio

New in 2019 - An Eclectic Mix

Read "New in 2019 - An Eclectic Mix" reviewed by Bob Osborne


An eclectic mix of recent releases covering a wide variety of styles and influences. Playlist Sarathy Korwar “Mumbay (feat. MC Mawali)" from More Arriving (Leaf) 00:00 Chris Lomheim, Michael O'Brien, Jay Epstein “Blue Talisman" from Triage (Shifting Paradigm) 06:00 Marc Copland “Gary" from Gary (Illusions Music) 14:00 Mark Dresser Seven “Black Arthur's Bounce ...

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Article: Album Review

Chris Lomheim - Michael O'Brien - Jay Epstein: Triage

Read "Triage" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Triage refers to the process of weeding-out, deciding about what gets eliminated, on the one hand, and what stays, on the other. In the context of this album, its title can be interpreted as the process these three musicians have gone through during the course of over twenty years of collaborating, captured on the eleven original ...

Article: Album Review

Bill Carrothers: Red Planet

Read "Red Planet" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


Prendete un trio chitarra, basso e batteria di stanza a Minneapolis (luogo con più di una suggestione musicale) abituato a giocare con i generi (folk, rock, jazz, classica, americana?) aggiungete un pianista difficilmente etichettabile e mai banale come Bill Carrothers e avrete un' idea del disco in questione. Solo un'idea s'intende perché poi l'ascolto rivela una ...

Album

Tall Tales

Label: Shifting Paradigm Records
Released: 2015

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Article: Album Review

Firebell: Impossible Vacation

Read "Impossible Vacation" reviewed by Jeffrey Uhrich


With their impressive debut release, Impossible Vacation, Firebell establishes itself not only as a stellar post-bop modern electric guitar/bass/drum jazz trio, but also as a unified and innovative band , drawing upon the wealth of experience and musical sensibility of its three members. Firebell consists of three veteran musicians that have been playing together ...

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Article: Album Review

Chris Lomheim: Timeline

Read "Timeline" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Minnesota pianist Chris Lomheim in 2013 began applying for grants for the funding of a new project when he realized that 2014 would mark the twentieth anniversary of his very first trio CD And You've Been Waiting (IGMOD Records, 1994). As such, the pianist decided to move forward with or without grant funding and put together ...


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