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Keith Brown

Keith L. Brown is a pianist, composer, arranger, and educator. Born in Memphis and raised in Knoxville, TN, Keith began playing piano and bass at an early age. Raised in a musical family, both Keith's parents played music and many of his aunts and uncles are exceptionally musically talented as well. His father Donald Brown is a world-renowned jazz pianist/composer having performed with many greats and his mother Dorothy is also a pianist and plays various woodwind instruments. Keith first learned to play songs of R&B artists like Stevie Wonder by ear and then started classical piano lessons at 8yrs old

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African Ripples

Label: Space Time Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: African Ripples Epigraph; Truth and Comfort; NAFID; Just You, Just Me; 512 Arkansas St.; African Ripples Part I; African Ripples Part II; Queen; Come Back as a Flower; 118 & 8th; What’s Left Behind; Song of Samson; Eye 2 Eye with the Sun; Prayer for My Nephews; African Ripples.

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Article: Album Review

Keith Brown Trio: African Ripples

Read "African Ripples" reviewed by Troy Dostert


In-demand pianist Keith Brown has ample experience as a sideman and a couple solid leader dates under his belt. But his African Ripples has the distinctive feel of a “statement" record, setting forth the full expanse of his creative vision with bold flair. Inspired by the classic Fats Waller piece first recorded in 1934, the album ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Past Grapplin'

Read "Past Grapplin'" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Since the seventies, it's arguable that most jazz musicians work in “old" idioms (even if they mix and match them in new ways), but this episode's artists each take on aspects of jazz's past that seem, well, more past than most. Sometimes the commitment to the older idiom is complete, sometimes it comes and goes, but ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Omar Sosa, Southern Energy Ens., Dominique Fils-Aimé, Keith Brown - Mixtape

Read "Omar Sosa, Southern Energy Ens., Dominique Fils-Aimé, Keith Brown - Mixtape" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Two hours are so quick to fill and one has to often leave out several tracks that would deserve attention but, for a reason or another (length, similarities to other selections, need for variety and flow etc.), don't find the right spot in the playlist... To partially remedy this situation we have a “companion mixtape" series ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Life Goes On - Celebrating Jazz Master Carla Bley On Her 85th Birthday

Read "Life Goes On - Celebrating Jazz Master Carla Bley On Her 85th Birthday" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates the birthdays of Jazz Masters Carla Bley in the first hour and Betty Carter in the second, plus new releases from Ruben Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquestra, Rebecca Kilgore and the Keith Brown Trio. Other birthday shoutouts include Virginia Mayhew, Karin Krog, Nadje Noordhuis, Kate Reid and Grace Kelly, among others. Thanks ...

Album

Connect

Label: Gearbox Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Blue Soul; Emperor March; Copasetic; Suspicion.

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News: Recording

Charles Tolliver's 'Connect' Featuring Buster Williams, Lenny White And More! First Release In 13 Years!

Charles Tolliver's 'Connect' Featuring Buster Williams, Lenny White And More!  First Release In 13 Years!

New York-based trumpeter, composer and educator Charles Tolliver presents Connect, his first studio album in 13 years. There's no title track on the new album from Charles Tolliver, but the name—Connect—isn't some ethereal abstraction: it's an invitation. Release date: July 31st. “I wanted the music to connect in these times," explains the trumpeter-composer, a 50-plus-year music ...

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Article: Album Review

Charles Tolliver: Connect

Read "Connect" reviewed by Chris May


Put out more flags. Connect, the first release from trumpeter Charles Tolliver in over a decade, is a monster. From the Saturday-night goodtime opener “Blue Soul" through to the intense, Spanish tinged, serpentine closer “Suspicion," the album finds Tolliver still at the top of his game in a recording career which began in the mid 1960s. ...

Album

Swingin' Back

Label: Space Time Records
Released: 2019


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