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John Raymond

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John Raymond is making a name for himself as one of the most promising, genre-bending musicians in jazz today. With a singular voice as a trumpeter, flugelhornist and composer, Raymond is “steering jazz in the right direction” (Downbeat Magazine) by pushing its boundaries, seamlessly incorporating indie-rock, folk and electronic influences into his music. “This is jazz, yes, but jazz with an open mind." (Something Else). He has performed with jazz artists such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Billy Hart, Linda Oh, and Dave King, and has also recorded or performed with Sara Bareilles, Cory Wong and S

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Head Towards The Center

Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Where Am I?; Power Fall; Mantrois; Around, Forever; Mr. Hope; Between The Bars; Distant Signal; Sweet Spot; Head Towards The Center.

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Article: Album Review

Kind Folk: Head Towards The Center

Read "Head Towards The Center" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Kind Folk is a quartet consisting of trumpeter John Raymond, alto saxophonist Alex LoRe, bassist Noam Wiesenberg and drummer Colin Stranahan. They recorded their first album in 2018, then went their separate ways for various reasons. They finally reconnected in June 2021 and came up with the simmering blend of jazz, rock and folk sensibilities that ...

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Small Wonders

Label: Shifting Paradigm Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Ominous Skies; Sundials; Glass Houses; Civil Dawn; A Beautiful Life; The Void; Mixed Signals; Apple Jacks; Maya Song.

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The Void

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Label: Shifting Paradigm Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 07:54

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Article: Album Review

Zacc Harris Group: Small Wonders

Read "Small Wonders" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Accompanied by the hugely conversant John Raymond on trumpet and flugelhorn, saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, Expressionism-steeped pianist Bryan Nichols and the fluid viscosity of rhythm brothers bassist Chris Bates and drummer JT Bates, Zacc Harris—whose tonal voyage could be immediately likened to that of John Scofield (if only Harris didn't harken and manage all his influences so ...

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Article: Album Review

Zacc Harris Group: Small Wonders

Read "Small Wonders" reviewed by Mark Corroto


There is a theme of currents to the music of Small Wonders, although it is not stated in the titles. Minneapolis guitarist Zacc Harris pours the music from this album into your ears, metaphorically speaking. At times it is a cascade, in other places just a trickle. Either way, listeners are encouraged to float along, and ...

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Article: Interview

Trio Grande: Three instruments, three nationalities, one supergroup

Read "Trio Grande: Three instruments, three nationalities, one supergroup" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


An incessant stream of new artists, new ideas, revisitations of old ideas and ever-shifting technological inventions continues to push jazz onward, forward into the 21st Century. While most of today's music began taking root and developing in the turbulent jazz topographies of the last century, each new interpretation, extension and redesign today adds a new perspective, ...

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Article: Album Review

Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band: The Intangible Between

Read "The Intangible Between" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Pianist Orrin Evans has a deep understanding of the unshakeable bond between fellowship, humanity and the creative process. That knowledge has guided him through creating a remarkable catalog of music as both a leader and sideman, along the way, experiencing the fellowship of a collective of musicians he often refers to as “The Village."

Article: Album Review

Luke Gillespie: Moving Mists

Read "Moving Mists" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Insegnante di piano jazz all'Indiana University e leader di un trio, Luke Gillespie ha mostrato in altri dischi di saper rileggere con inventiva il songbook jazzistico, aggiungendo personali doti d'autore. Vive e opera lontano da New York in una dimensione apparata ma il suo pianismo non è inferiore a quello di artisti più noti. Nel suo ...


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