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Johnathan Blake

Johnathan Blake, one of the most accomplished drummers of his generation, has also proven himself a complete and endlessly versatile musician. Blake’s gift for composition and band leading reflects years of live and studio experience across the aesthetic spectrum. Heralded by NPR Music as “the ultimate modernist,” he has collaborated with Pharoah Sanders, Ravi Coltrane, Tom Harrell, Hans Glawischnig, Avishai Cohen, Donny McCaslin, Linda May Han Oh, Jaleel Shaw, Chris Potter, Maria Schneider, Alex Sipiagin, Kris Davis and countless other distinctive voices. DownBeat once wrote, “It’s a testament to Blake’s abilities that he makes his presence felt in any context.” A frequent presence on Blue Note records over the past several years, Blake has contributed his strong, limber pulse and airy precision to multiple leader releases from Blue Note artists including Dr

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Isabela

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Invocation; Noam; The Lion Turtle; Isabela; Love Song For The Rainy Season.

Album

Live From Summit Rock In Seneca Village

Label: Giant Step Arts
Released: 2022
Track listing: Falling In; Landscape With An Obelisk (Flinck); Kalispel Bay; Self Portrait (Rembrandt); Program For An Artistic Soiree (Degas).

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Article: Album Review

Jason Palmer: Live From Summit Rock In Seneca Village

Read "Live From Summit Rock In Seneca Village" reviewed by Jack Bowers


With Covid-19 generally having had its way in recent years, shuttering many venues at which jazz musicians were accustomed to performing, it is a pleasure to hear an actual concert with a real live audience--even if the group is a piano-less quartet striving to hold its listeners' interest through five extended numbers whose collective playing time ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Seneca Village Concerts

Read "The Seneca Village Concerts" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


For much of 2020 and 2021, the coronavirus pandemic brought a screeching halt to virtually all live music performances in this country. To combat that, some individuals in various locales arranged series of live open-air performances. One was recording engineer and photographer Jimmy Katz who curated a series of live outdoor jazz performances in New York ...

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Article: Album Review

Jason Palmer: Live From Summit Rock In Seneca Village

Read "Live From Summit Rock In Seneca Village" reviewed by Mark Corroto


It must have been a feeling of great happiness and triumph in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic for musicians to actually perform for an audience. A live, in-person audience that is, not a Zoom session from a home studio. That joyous feeling is quite evident on Jason Palmer's Live From Summit Rock in Seneca Village ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Anat Cohen, Weather Report, Craig Taborn and Much More

Read "Anat Cohen, Weather Report, Craig Taborn and Much More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show includes a wide array of jazz musicians from the present and recent past including Anat Cohen, Donny McCaslin, Weather Report, Henry Threadgill and Roy Haynes. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Sextet of ...

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Article: In Pictures

A Tribute to Dr. Lonnie Smith

Read "A Tribute to Dr. Lonnie Smith" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


The great master of the Hammond B3 organ, Dr. Lonnie Smith, passed away in September 2021 at 79. Smith enjoyed a more than 50-year career at the vanguard of soul jazz. His influence extended far beyond that genre to electronic, hip-hop, and funk artists. Smith remained at the peak of his powers as a musician and ...

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Article: Interview

Oded Tzur: A Thrilling New Saxophone Colossus

Read "Oded Tzur: A Thrilling New Saxophone Colossus" reviewed by Chris May


Oded Tzur's 2020 album, Here Be Dragons, the Tel Aviv born, New York based tenor saxophonist's first release on ECM, triggered an eruption of purple prose. Critics competed to see who could convey the most enthusiasm. A few even suggested that the Tzur quartet was the inheritor of the mantle of the classic John Coltrane quartet. ...

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Article: Album Review

Oded Tzur: Isabela

Read "Isabela" reviewed by Chris May


Oded Tzur's 2020 album, Here Be Dragons, the Israeli-born, New York-based tenor saxophonist's first release on ECM, triggered an eruption of purple prose. Critics competed to see who could convey the most enthusiasm. A few even suggested that the Tzur quartet was the inheritor of the mantle of John Coltrane's classic quartet. That might have been ...


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