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Jeff Hirshfield

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Jeff Hirshfield was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island. He started drum lessons while in elementary school, and in high school he had the opportunity to work with some of the great jazz players, including Zoot Sims, Ray Nance, Charlie McPhearson, and Clark Terry. Except for lessons with Ed Soph and Latin percussionist Frankie Malabe, Hirshfield is essentially self-taught . He began an eleven-year stint of touring in 1977 with Mose Allison, Woody Herman, and several others. In 1988 he settled in New York City and began an active free-lance career and since performed and recorded with John Abercrombie, Fred Hersch, Randy Brecker, Jim Hall, Elaine Elias, John Zorn, Bob Belden and many others.

Album

Baden

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Canto de Ossanha; Canto de Xangô; Tristeza e Solidão; Ao Baden; Bluesa Preta/Asa Branca; Canto de Iemanjá; Refém da Solidão; O Astronauta; Mata Adentro; Berimbau / Consolação; Lapinha; For Bill & Baden.

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Article: Album Review

Frank Kimbrough: Frank Kimbrough 2003 - 2006

Read "Frank Kimbrough 2003 - 2006" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Pianist Frank Kimbrough (1956 -2020) was involved in a good deal of collaboration throughout his career, with the Herbie Nichols Project and, most notably, his twenty-four year, seven CD stint in the piano chair of the Maria Schneider Orchestra, where he elevated an already high altitude music to an even loftier level. Such was Kimbrough's willingness ...

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Article: Album Review

Gui Duvignau: Baden

Read "Baden" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Gui Duvignau has had Baden Powell's sound in his sights for some time now. Born in France and raised in Brazil, the rising-star bassist delved deeply into that legendary Brazilian guitarist's work at the behest of several six-stringer friends. And as he studied guitar too, Duvignau came under the sway of Powell's advanced harmonic concepts, personalized ...

Album

3,5,8

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Volta; '2' ; Yerevan; Minas; Une pensée pour Paris; Vem Logo!; Detuned for Drewes; Somewhat; Right? Wow!

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kaja Draksler, Frank Kimbrough, Berta Moreno, Julien Lourau & More New Releases

Read "Kaja Draksler, Frank Kimbrough, Berta Moreno, Julien Lourau & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week's exploration of new and upcoming releases continues with a special focus on the late Frank Kimbrough through a preview of his posthumous CD Ancestors and some of the best renditions that appear on the monumental tribute conceived by pianist and producer Elan Mehler, Kimbrough, one of the best releases of the year. Punkt vs. ...

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Article: Album Review

Step In: Voilà La Tendresse

Read "Voilà La Tendresse" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Step In is the international trio of Italian pianist Carlo Morena, Chilean drummer Felix Lecaros, and the renowned New York bassist Joe Fonda. Morena and Fonda started playing together in 1990, later adding drummer Jeff Hirshfield and adapting the current trio name. George Schuller later replaced Hirshfield before Lecaros took over the throne. Voilà La Tendresse ...

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Article: Profile

Frank Kimbrough: From Now to Forever—A Remembrance

Read "Frank Kimbrough: From Now to Forever—A Remembrance" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


On December 30, 2020, pianist Frank Kimbrough passed away at the age of 64. True to form, 2020 wreaked havoc until the end. The cause of death was not Covid-19, but the shock at the untimely loss of a revered artist was not any less powerful. Frank Kimbrough had the rare gift of touching ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Frank Kimbrough - The Friends' Mixtape Part 2

Read "Frank Kimbrough - The Friends' Mixtape Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


To celebrate the late Frank Kimbrough, whose untimely passing on December 30, 2020 added another unnecessary layer of grief on a challenging year, we have reached out to some of his long time friends and collaborators asking them to share a track that in their hearts immediately conjured up memories of Frank. It could be one ...

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Article: Interview

Harold Danko: His Own Sound, His Own Time

Read "Harold Danko: His Own Sound, His Own Time" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


The famous sculptor, Henry Moore, hit the nail on the head when he said: “there's no retirement for an artist, it's your way of living so there's no end to it." This statement certainly rings true in the case of pianist and composer, Harold Danko. Even though he has retired from a long and distinguished career ...


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