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In the current jazz environment, the art of jazz expression and the world of formal education are fully intertwined. Serious dedication to either path takes powerful commitment, but fully pursuing both demands a level of diligence and focus that is immensely challenging. Jeff Denson is a man who is meeting that challenge. Fully immersed in both worlds since the late 1990s, the bassist/composer has balanced a full career as sideman and leader while taking a full course of studies leading to his doctorate. In addition to maintaining an intense performing and touring schedule in the U.S. and Europe while in school – including a long relationship with legendary saxophonist Lee Konitz that continues to this day – Jeff has also taught extensively all over both continents. Today he is a full professor at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, California and the Director of its Outreach Program designed to develop the Bay Area’s most talented musicians while making the local scene a productive and fertile environment for jazz

The Table Trio: Live at Art Boutiki

Label: Self Released
Released: 2020
Track listing: Blue in Green, Bury the Hatchet, Trump Change, Mask, A Prayer Forward,

Between Two Worlds

Label: Ridgeway Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Sucre; Song of a Solitary Crow; En Trois Temps; Generation; Nostalgic Farewell; Listen Up; Madrid; Lost and Found; Between Two Worlds; Azur.

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Three Guitarists: Michael Musillami, Kristen Bromley, and Romain Pilon

Read "Three Guitarists: Michael Musillami, Kristen Bromley, and Romain Pilon" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The more adventurous and abstract forms of jazz guitar get a lot of attention these days, but these three releases prove that mainstream guitar players still have a lot to say. Kristen R. Bromley Trio Simply Miraculous Self-produced 2019 Perhaps the most amazing thing about this CD is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Denson, Romain Pilon, Brian Blade: Between Two Worlds

Read "Between Two Worlds" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

American bassist Jeff Denson and French guitarist Romain Pilon not only became professional acquaintances, but also great friends, when they began their studies at the much-revered Boston Berklee College of Music at the end of the last century. On Between Two Worlds the two celebrate their twenty years of on-and-off collaborating, with leading drum wizard Brian ...

Outside My Window

Label: Ridgeway Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Grace; In Your Eyes; For A Brand New Day; Have We Really Gone This Far?; Through The Mist; Bird Alone; Fell On Black Days; Outside My Window.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alan Hall: Heroes, Saints and Clowns

Read "Heroes, Saints and Clowns" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Ratatet, the sextet led by drummer Alan Hall, doesn't seem to quite fit into a musical box of any style or shape. One of the San Francisco Bay area's most respected musical performers and educators, Hall assembled this uniquely constructed ensemble from fragments of previous engagements: He previously played in a trio called Electreo with Paul ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Heartbeats Full of Soul

Read "Heartbeats Full of Soul" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy Let Your Light Shine On MPS 2018 One of the best parts of Let Your Light Shine On is how it plucks out musical threads from throughout the galaxy (more on that later) and knits them together into truly groovy, soulful cloth. But ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Denson: Outside My Window

Read "Outside My Window" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Bassist Jeff Denson has been showing his abilities as a singer on several recent recordings. He performed a couple of The Beatles' songs on the San Francisco String Trio's May I Introduce To You and did Jeff Buckley's “So Real" on the Negative Press Project's Eternal Life: Jeff Buckley Songs and Sounds. Here he devotes an ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Negative Press Project: Eternal Life

Read "Eternal Life" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There are few people in music who have become more famous through a very small body of work than Jeff Buckley. At the time of his death by accidental drowning in 1997, the singer-songwriter's recorded legacy consisted of one live EP of cover tunes and one studio album, Grace. Nevertheless his multi-octave voice and the ethereal ...


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