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Born and raised near Philadelphia to a musical family, Joe Chambers heard not only the rock and roll of Louis Jordan and Slim Gaillard, but the classical of Vivaldi, Wagner, Beethoven and Mahler. Drums came early. "I think an instrument picks you. I used to play on post and pans when I was little. I was setting them up like a kit at four years of age, so the instincts were there." More taken with Lester Young and Lionel Hampton than Little Richard, Chambers nonetheless soon joined a band playing all the R&B hits of the day. "We played 'house rock,' horn players walking the bar like Big Jay McNeely and Tiny Bradshaw

Samba De Maracatu

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: You And The Night And The Music; Circles; Samba De Maracatu; Visions; Never Let Me Go; Sabah El Nur; Ecaroh; New York State Of Mind Rain; Rio.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Logan Richardson: To Boldly Go Where No Jazz Has Gone Before

Read "Logan Richardson:  To Boldly Go Where No Jazz Has Gone Before" reviewed by Chris May

In a 2016 interview, jny: Kansas City-born alto saxophonist Logan Richardson said: “Jazz will constantly change because there's constantly a new us, new times. There will always be a fight from the conformists—but they don't represent where the tradition is coming from." Richardson was talking not long after the release of his adventurous Blue Note album, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Joe Martin, Joe Chambers & Roy Eldridge

Read "Joe Martin, Joe Chambers & Roy Eldridge" reviewed by Joe Dimino

New York City bassist Joe Martin has Kansas City roots and is featured on the 689th Episode of Neon Jazz. Following his lead is a great group of musicians whi are constantly releaseing material keeping the world of jazz an innovative artistic medium. They include Patrick Cornelius, Tarik Hassan, Joe Chambers and Gerald Beckett. Enjoy the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joe Chambers: Samba De Maracatu

Read "Samba De Maracatu" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Batterista leggendario, compartecipe di grandi pagine del bop avanzato degli anni sessanta settanta, con Wayne Shorter, Andrew Hill, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson e decine di altri, il batterista Joe Chambers torna in casa Blue Note dopo un'assenza più che ventennale. Nella storica etichetta fondata da Alfred Lion, Chambers era soprattutto un sideman e ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Joe Chambers: Samba de Maracatu

Joe Chambers: Samba de Maracatu

Joe Chambers is one of the most prolific and intriguing jazz drummers and jazz songwriters working today. He's also a superb vibraphonist and percussionist, and he has recorded on piano. Chambers came up in the mid-1960s as an in-demand sideman for the Blue Note label. His first album date was on Freddie Hubbard's Breaking Point! in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joe Chambers: Samba De Maracatu

Read "Samba De Maracatu" reviewed by Chris May

Drummer Joe Chambers was unusual among the drummers who emerged on the Blue Note label in the mid 1960s in that not only did he generate a powerful beat, he wrote strong tunes, too. He played on, and often composed pieces for, albums by such Blue Note luminaries as saxophonists Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson, vibraphonist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Connie Han: Iron Starlet

Read "Iron Starlet" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

At the 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival, pianist Connie Han dazzled the crowd with a superb and well-paced set which was one of the best performances of the weekend. Although her Mack Avenue debut, Crime Zone, had hit the streets in 2018, Han's musical acumen was still hovering below the radar of most jazz listeners. The key ...

Blue Note Records: Lost In Space: 20 Overlooked Classic Albums

Read "Blue Note Records: Lost In Space: 20 Overlooked Classic Albums" reviewed by Chris May

For anyone with a passion for Blue Note, it is hard to conceive of an album that has been “overlooked," let alone twenty of them. For connoisseurs of the most influential label in jazz history, the passion can be all consuming: if a dedicated collector does not have all the albums (yet), he or she will ...

Drummers as Bandleaders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "Drummers as Bandleaders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Drummers have been key members of every band which has changed the course of jazz history, from Max Roach with Charlie Parker to Elvin Jones with John Coltrane and onwards. Yet drummers have been the leaders of a surprisingly small proportion of landmark bands themselves. Chick Webb in the 1920s was the first of the few. ...


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