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Jeff "Tain" Watts

Jeff "Tain" Watts is one of the most in demand jazz drummers in the world today. Jeff Watts majored in classical percussion at Pittsburgh's Duquesne University, where he was primarily a timpanist, followed by enrollment at the Berklee School of Music, where he pursued jazz studies alongside such talented players as Branford Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, Greg Osby, Aimee Mann, Steve Vai and Marvin "Smitty" Smith. Jeff joined the Wynton Marsalis Quartet in 1981 and proceeded to win three Grammy Awards with the ensemble. Watts left Wynton Marsalis in 1988. After working with George Benson, Harry Connick

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Genius of Kenny Kirkland - the Companion Mixtape

Read "The Genius of Kenny Kirkland - the Companion Mixtape" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Compiling a radio playlist is both incredibly satisfying and quite frustrating. Two hours are so quick to fill and one has to often leave out a great number of tracks that would deserve attention but, for a reason or another (length, similarities to other selection, need for variety and flow etc.), don't find a natural spot ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Genius of Kenny Kirkland - Part 2

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A classical musical upbringing; a deep knowledge of contemporary classical masters; a career that rapidly saw him develop affinities and life-long collaborations with mainstream and forward-looking jazz musicians, both from the US and from abroad; equally at home with fusion, pop and rock. In sum, Kenny Kirkland epitomized that kind of musician that defies categorization which ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Genius of Kenny Kirkland - Part 1

Read "The Genius of Kenny Kirkland - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

On September 28th, Kenny Kirkland would have turned 65. This week we celebrate his legacy as leader or co-leader, as side-man invited to add power and sophistication to the bands he joined, and as composer, through renditions of his music by peers and contemporary musicians. Among these, pianist Noah Haidu has recently released the first-ever album ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Azar Lawrence Has Paid His Dues...Two times

Read "Azar Lawrence Has Paid His Dues...Two times" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Tenor and soprano saxophonist Azar Lawrence has been one of the most dynamic and spiritually-charged reed players of the post-John Coltrane generation. Lawrence forged his sound in the fires of the Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner bands in the 1970s and, for nearly five decades, he has performed and recorded with the best musicians in the ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Noah Haidu ricorda Kenny Kirkland

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Kenny Kirkland era chiamato dagli amici Doctone (ovvero Doctor of Tone) ed è questo il titolo del progetto multimediale elaborato dal pianista Noah Haidu a più di vent'anni dalla scomparsa. Un ricco tributo della Sunnyside Records consistente in un libro d'interviste, un film documentario e un album di suoi brani eseguiti da Haidu con Todd Coolman ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Essential Michael Brecker

Read "Essential Michael Brecker" reviewed by Jason West

This article was originally published at All About Jazz in November 1999. Michael Brecker's contributions to music are generous and, like the pregnant ideas that flow from his tenor horn, they continue to grow. At 50, the saxophonist has found acceptance in a wide variety of musical settings, having performed with pop stars like ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Orlando le Fleming "It's real out here"

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Bassist Orlando le Fleming on how to get a sound on the bass, why he puts “rhythm before notes," what were the advantages to starting his career in England, when it's to leave New York, who were his mentors, the “jazz struggle" and why “groove comes from culture." Plus, he discusses his experiences working ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

First, Ohm’s Law (musically)

Read "First, Ohm’s Law (musically)" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Starting out, a 'physics lesson' courtesy of Seamus Blake, Hank Mobley & Tain! We revive our R&B compare and contrast feature with Ivory Joe Hunter versus Jimmy Smith. Centennials? Of course: Bird and Dave Brubeck (solo)! Along the way, John Patitucci, Bud Powell, Gregory Agid and Anat Cohen, as well as our continuing chronological celebration of ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Kendrick Scott: Making Walls into Bridges

Read "Kendrick Scott: Making Walls into Bridges" reviewed by Rob Garratt

Kendrick Scott authored one of the most compelling jazz releases of last year with A Wall Becomes a Bridge (Blue Note, 2019), a nuanced meditation on identity, history and prejudice, shepherded under the direction of producer and former band mate Derrick Hodge. Pairing gorgeous, searching improvisatory canvases with break beat interludes and samples from guest DJ ...


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