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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

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Orlando le Fleming "It's real out here"

Read "Orlando le Fleming "It's real out here"" reviewed by Leo Sidran

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Troy Roberts: Days Like These

Read "Days Like These" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Days like these, when you have the opportunity to hear Troy Roberts fronting an all-star organ group, are pretty nice. Roberts--one of the most underappreciated tenor saxophonists on the scene, a mainstay in organ kingpin Joey DeFrancesco's band and an erstwhile sideman for drummer Jeff “Tain" Watts--shows a particular affinity for this format. A complete artist ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

At A Korean Jazz Picnic, No Need To Know The Music

Read "At A Korean Jazz Picnic, No Need To Know The Music" reviewed by Arthur R George

That jazz appeals to younger audiences, is fun, and not so serious, is more than a mere notion, materializing in, of all places, South Korea. The Jarasum Jazz Festival created there by promoter In Jae Jin has become one of the largest in Asia by hosting a multi-day event which features camping, western and Korean performers, ...

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Björk: Jazz Muse & Hyperballadeer

Read "Björk: Jazz Muse & Hyperballadeer" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

If jazz is, as someone put it, the sound of surprise, then it makes complete sense that countless musicians have become enamored with the music of Björk. Like the most innovative jazz musicians, Bjork is a restless artist who tries to continuously reinvent herself, often blending familiar sources in completely unprecedented ways, and deliberately challenging the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bruford-Borstlap: Sheer Reckless Abandon

Read "Sheer Reckless Abandon" reviewed by John Kelman

One of the great joys of music can be that of distance: coming back to a piece of music, a musician/group or a discography, even, years later to rediscover it anew. While returning to music after a break of months, years...even decades...is not always a revelation, it's likely true that, if the music was appealing the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

The Branford Marsalis Quartet at Jazz Standard

Read "The Branford Marsalis Quartet at Jazz Standard" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Branford Marsalis Quartet Jazz Standard New York, NY February 20, 2019 The Branford Marsalis Quartet came into jny: New York's Jazz Standard in late February to showcase The Secret Between The Shadow And The Soul, their first new album release in seven years and, in marking the special ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gene Jackson Trio Nu Yorx: Power Of Love

Read "Power Of Love" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Born in Philadelphia in 1961, Gene Jackson had already determined by his late teens to become a professional drummer. He attended Berklee College of Music where his classmates numbered Branford Marsalis, Cindy Blackman, Terri Lyne Carrington and Jeff “Tain" Watts to name just a few. He's worked with many major players in jazz including Dave Holland, ...


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