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Grammy-nominated drummer and composer, Johnathan Blake, has been working steadily in the contemporary jazz scene for the past 10 years. He has been a first-call drummer for many notable jazz musicians such as Russell Malone, Tom Harrell, David Sanchez, Kenny Barron, Randy Brecker, and Oliver Lake to name a few. His musicianship, professionalism, and positive attitude are a few of the attributes that make him the choice drummer for many. In addition to being a sideman, Johnathan performs with his own group internationally. Johnathan Blake was born in Philadelphia on July 1st, 1976, son of a world- renown jazz violinist, John Blake, Jr

Without Deception

Label: Dare2 Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Porto Alegre; Second Thoughts; Without Deception; Until Then; Speed Trap; Secret Places; Pass It On; Warm Valley; I Remember When; Worry Later; Can Tomorrow Be Brighter (Vinyl only); Mabel (Vinyl Only).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Eric Alexander: Leap of Faith

Read "Leap of Faith" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Eric Alexander è uno dei massimi tenoristi della sua generazione. In oltre quaranta dischi da leader e un centinaio di collaborazioni, ha evidenziato piena adesione al modern mainstream, privilegiando l'esibizione in quartetti o quintetti con la tipica sezione ritmica comprendente un pianista (spesso il suo mentore Harold Mabern) o talvolta un chitarrista (Pat Martino o Peter ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Oded Tzur: Here Be Dragons

Read "Here Be Dragons" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On his previous releases, Like a Great River (Enja, 2016) and Translator's Note (Enja, 2017), New York-based tenor saxophonist Oded Tzur amalgamated Eastern and Western elements and deep, balmy phrasing which drew sincere comparisons to John Coltrane. Not surprisingly, Manfred Eicher took notice and signed the Tel Aviv native to ECM for his third album, Here ...

Leap of Faith

Label: Giant Step Arts
Released: 2019
Track listing: Luquitas; Mars; Corazon Perdido; Hard Blues; Frenzy; Big Richard; Magyar; Second Impression.

Trion

Label: Giant Step Arts
Released: 2019
Track listing:
CD 1:
Calodendrum; Synchronicity 1; Trope (Linda Intro); Trope; One for Honor; High School Daze; No Bebop Daddy.
CD 2:
Bedrum; Good Hope; Eagle; Relaxing at the Camarillo; Blue Heart; West Berkley St.

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The (Jazz) Police

Read "The (Jazz) Police" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

September 2019 will mark the 40th anniversary of “Message in a Bottle," an auspicious opportunity to look back at the seminal work of The Police, through a jazz lens. With both Sting and Andy Summers coming to The Police with jazz in their background and Stewart Copeland being a master of polyrhythmic drumming it's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rachel Caswell: We're All in the Dance

Read "We're All in the Dance" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È una vocalist per un pubblico di nicchia, Rachel Caswell, ma i percorsi che portano al successo internazionale sono complessi e talvolta misteriosi e non sempre riflettono il talento individuale. Al suo promettente debutto discografico del 2003 (Some Other Time) è seguita una lunga parentesi didattica, che l'ha tenuta per oltre un decennio lontana dai riflettori. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Johnathan Blake: Trion

Read "Trion" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

L'edizione di questo splendido saxophone trio con Chris Potter, Linda May Han Oh e Johnathan Blake (due ore di musica riprese il 21 e 22 gennaio 2018 alla Jazz Gallery di New York) la dobbiamo al fotografo Jimmy Katz, fondatore con la moglie Dena dell'etichetta discografica no-profit Giant Step Arts. L'organico nasce dall'esperienza ...

Two From The Giant Step Arts Label

Read "Two From The Giant Step Arts Label" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Giant Step Arts is a non-profit organization and label dedicated to helping jazz musicians create the music they want to without worrying about the pressures of the marketplace. On two of their initial releases, that translates into concert recordings done at New York's Jazz Gallery where the bandleaders are free to work out their ideas in ...


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