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Jon Cowherd

Although Mercy is Jon Cowherd's first album under his own name, the esteemed pianist/composer/arranger/producer is already firmly established as one of the jazz world's most accomplished, expressive and in-demand young musicians. The Kentucky-born, New Orleans-schooled, New York-based Cowherd is best known for his long-running partnership with drummer/bandleader Brian Blade, with whom he co-founded the Brian Blade Fellowship, whose acclaimed, influential albums showcase Cowherd's stellar keyboard work and singular compositional skills. When not recording and touring with the Fellowship, Cowherd has worked extensively with a broad array of players and singers from the jazz, pop and rock worlds. Brian Blade Fellowship Band His impressive resume aside, Mercy is the most compelling example yet of Jon Cowherd's remarkable sensitivity, inventiveness and versatility

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Pride and Joy

Label: Le Coq Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Grand Mesa; Little Scorpio; The Colorado Experiment; Honest Man; Pride & Joy; Plainfield; Chickmonk; Quilt City Blues.

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Little Scorpio

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Label: Le Coq Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 04:42

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Article: Catching Up With

Nate Smith: A Drummer's Life

Read "Nate Smith: A Drummer's Life" reviewed by Mark Robbins


Nate Smith can't sit down! After headlining with two of his bands at the 2022 Newport Jazz Festival, The Fearless Flyers and Nate Smith + Kinfolk he is off to New York for a one week run at the Blue Note followed by jny: Los Angeles, Europe and then back to the United States where he ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts to Harold Arlen, Nina Simone and Nancy Wilson

Read "New Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts to Harold Arlen, Nina Simone and Nancy Wilson" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from vocalist Liz Terrell, guitarist Ron Jackson and pianist Wendy Kirkland with birthday shoutouts to Harold Arlen (who wrote with several fine women lyricists) in the first hour and Nina Simone and Nancy Wilson in the second hour, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by ...

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Article: Interview

Meet Brian Blade

Read "Meet Brian Blade" reviewed by Craig Jolley


This article was first published at All About Jazz in April 2000. Musical background I started playing when I was thirteen in church. My father was the pastor. My brother, Brady, who was five years older (he still is) was the drummer. He left for college so it became my duty to take over ...

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Kinfolk 2: See The Birds

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Altitude ft. Joel Ross & Michael Mayo; 2. Square Wheel ft. Kokayi & Michael Mayo; Band Room Freestyle ft. Kokayi; Street Lamp; Don't Let Me Get Away ft. Stokley; Collision ft. Regina Carter; Meditation: Prelude; Rambo: The Vigilante ft. Vernon Reid; I Burn For You ft. Amma Whatt; See The Birds ft. Joel Ross & Michael Mayo; Fly (For Mike) ft. Brittany Howard.

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Solace

Label: Mullsoul Music Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Grind; Shanna Shuffle; For Michael; Satin Doll; Mane Tronk; Kinda Green; Like Rahsaan.

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News: Crowdfunding Campaign

Support the LINER NOTES indiegogo fundraising campaign

Support the LINER NOTES indiegogo fundraising campaign

As LINER NOTES enters its fourth season in July, I am making an appeal for funding in order to keep it going. I ask you to click here to watch a short video explaining the situation and the motivation for this appeal. I am passionate about LINER NOTES, a podcast that I started in 2018. ...

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Article: Album Review

Remy Le Boeuf: Light as a Word

Read "Light as a Word" reviewed by Jordan Penney


Light as a Word is the debut full-length album from saxophonist and composer Remy Le Boeuf as a leader, and it moves fluidly in liminal spaces. Its format and its performers—a sextet that includes piano, guitar, double bass, drums and tenor and alto sax—are firmly in a jazz idiom. But the songs themselves are more through-composed ...


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