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Jazz this week: Regina Carter, Jeff Beck, STL Free Jazz Collective, and more

Jazz this week: Regina Carter, Jeff Beck, STL Free Jazz Collective, and more

View more events at stlouis.jazznearyou.com. This week's calendar of jazz and creative music performances in St. Louis is book-ended by two performers - perhaps the most famous living jazz violinist, and a legendary rock guitarist—who both have successfully stretched the boundaries of their respective musical genres. In between, there are a number of noteworthy shows from ...

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Funk Factory

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014
Track listing: Funk Factory; Cha Bow Wow; Fly Away; FunkNasty; Fast Cars; Manic Meltdown; Popeye's Nightmare; Moon Dreams; Late Night Party On Mars; It's A Jungle Out There.

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Chilled Brass

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014
Track listing: Wade in the Water; Midnight Rendezvous; Walk on By; Happy Vibe; The Long Goodbye; Secret Island; Slow Grind; Boogaloo for Zelda; Sneaky Old Pete; Soft Touch; Clint's Big Boots; Song for Isabel.

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Jim Manley: Funk Factory

Read "Funk Factory" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


When the great Renaissance sculptor and artist Michelangelo assumed the commission to create his giant, David, he knew he was working with a piece of marble that not only had significant taroli, i.e., imperfections, but also that had been abandoned by two prior artisans. While trumpeter Jim Manley's Funk Factory might not wind up in the ...

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Jim Manley: Chilled Brass

Read "Chilled Brass" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Some years back as part of an iconic advertising campaign, Absolut Vodka (via its ad agency, TBWA) developed a series of magazine and poster ads that also included one dear to musicians, especially trumpeters. A gorgeous black-background shot of a gleaming silver trumpet with Absolut “bottles" as its valves. It was titled “Absolut Jazz." Chilled Brass ...

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Short Stories & Tall Tales

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2013
Track listing: Short Stories & Tall Tales; Last Call (What the Hell?); Holes in the Story; Skating on Thin Ice; Dreaming Out Loud; Shout It Out; Sorry to Say; Sparky’s Tune; Ur Soul Funky; Along for the Ride; She’s in My Orbit; State of Confusement; When You Least Expect It; Where Did It All Go Wrong?

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Article: Album Review

Jim Manley: Short Stories & Tall Tales

Read "Short Stories & Tall Tales" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Back in the 60s, there was a classic James Bond film starring Sean Connery entitled Goldfinger (United Artists, 1964). The key antagonist in the action-packed film was a character named “Auric Goldfinger." He had less than the Midas touch. Conversely, St. Louis-based trumpeter Jim Manley does indeed have that touch as he shines on Short Stories ...

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Brass Poison Too

Label: Victoria
Released: 2012
Track listing: In Style and Rhythm; Night in Tunisia; L-Dopa; Michelle; Coloring Outside the Lines; Beirut; Semi-Sweet; Court of the Crimson King; King Cobra; Gotta Be One Like This; Listen Here; Blue Rondo a la Turk; Libertango.

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Article: Album Review

Jim Manley: Brass Poison Too

Read "Brass Poison Too" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Trumpet players who dwell in the altissimo range of the instrument face multiple dilemmas: they must maneuver the purely physical demands of playing in that extreme register (challenging), perform impeccably (difficult) and display musical grace and ease in doing so (incredibly difficult). Complicating matters, there are always the ghosts of Maynard Ferguson, Bill Chase and others ...


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