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Karriem Riggins

If jazz and hip-hop passionately and cleverly intertwined with one another, the hybrid result would be a musically gifted lovechild. Or, perhaps, if ones bloodline is to blame father, Emmanuel Riggins is a musician and used to perform with guitarist Grant Green a musical rarity is nonetheless the result. Whatever the reason, whatever the description, a musical talent by any other name is still well a musical talent. And such a musical talent has manifested itself into musician, producer Karriem Riggins. Born August 25, 1975 in Detroit, MI, Riggins parents realized their son was gifted at an early age: not only would Riggins dig through his parents record collection as a young child but he would also accompany his father to the studio and play with instruments in the likeness of a musical great

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2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Umbria Jazz 2019 - Prima parte

Read "Umbria Jazz 2019 - Prima parte" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz 2019 Perugia, varie sedi 12-21.7.2019 “Numeri da record assoluto quelli di UJ19: oltre 40.000 paganti con un incasso che ha superato 1 milione e 600mila euro." Con queste parole di evidente soddisfazione si apre il comunicato diramato nella conferenza stampa conclusiva del festival umbro. Indubbiamente a Perugia il ...

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Orrin Evans: The Evolution Of Oneself

Read "The Evolution Of Oneself" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Simply put, if there was no Philadelphia sound, there would be no Orrin Evans. The pianist, hailing from The City of Brotherly Love, finds plenty of Philly passion on this busy trio recording, his 25th as a leader or co-leader. Here he teams up with Detroit drummer and former roommate (back in the day) Karriem Riggins, ...

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Theo Croker: Afro Physicist

Read "Afro Physicist" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Nel terreno d'incontro tra neo-bop, soul e fusion, il giovane trombettista e compositore Theo Croker mostra vivo talento e freschezza d'idee. Non è azzardato prevedergli un'imminente luminosa carriera e questo “Afro Physicist"--prodotto da Dee Dee Bridgewater e pubblicato dalla Okeh--si caratterizza come un lavoro fantasioso e maturo. Nipote di Doc Cheatham, Theo ha ...

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Detroit Jazz Festival 2013

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2013" reviewed by Steve Bryant

Detroit Jazz FestivalDetroit, MIAugust 30-September 2, 2013You have read the news and heard the stories on radio and TV. Detroit is bankrupt and going into ruin. However, Gretchen Valade definitely doesn't appear to believe the hype, as she managed to fashion the Detroit Jazz Festival (DJF) into one of the largest, most star-studded ...

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Karriem Riggins: Alone Together

Read "Alone Together" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Drummer Karriem Riggins has performed with or arranged for vocalist Betty Carter, pianist Oscar Peterson and bassist Ray Brown; he sat in the drummer's chair on pianist Mulgrew Miller's excellent Live at Yoshi's, Volume One (MAXJAZZ, 2004) and Two (MAXJAZZ, 2005). Hell, he even plays on ex-Beatle bassist-vocalist Paul McCartney's Kisses on the Bottom (Hear Music, ...

Alone Together

Label: Stones Throw Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: Intro; Round The Outside; From Detroit/Belle Isle; Moogy Foog It; Oooooooooaaaaaaa; Stadium Rock; Alto Flute; Orbiiz; Up; Forward Motion; Esperanza; Africa; Harpsichord Session; Water; Double Trouble; A7 Mix; Ding Dong Bells; Belle Isle Reprise; daOOOOOH!!; Tom Toms; Because; F_rd Jingle; Boy Is Doin' It Right; Summer Maddness S.A.; Back In Brazil; Live At Bert's; No Way; 6-40; I Need Love; K. Riffins; Voyager I 5000; Bring That Beat Back (Next Time); Matador; J Dilla The Greatest.

Alone/

Label: Stones Throw Records
Released: 2012

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Marcus Belgrave: Preserver of Jazz

Read "Marcus Belgrave: Preserver of Jazz" reviewed by Shannon J. Effinger

If you trace the careers of many of today's jazz artists, you'll discover that they all converge around one man--trumpeter Marcus Belgrave. He gave Karriem Riggins his very first drum set. Ray Parker, Jr. got his first gig thanks to him. He even took a then 15- year-old James Carter to Europe for the first time. ...


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