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Kenneth Salters

Kenneth Salters started his musical studies at age eleven when he began playing trombone in the sixth grade, but quickly switched to percussion a year later. Kenneth continued to grow in the field of percussion playing in different ensembles in high school including marching band, symphonic band, jazz ensemble, and the community's youth orchestra. In 1999, Kenneth attended the University of South Carolina on a percussion performance track. He initially had a hard time focusing on a specific genre as he played in virtually every ensemble the university had to offer from drumset for the show choir, to lead pan in the steel orchestra, to playing in the pit for the university's operas

Immigration Nation

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Immigration Nation; Contradictions Within; Divergent Paths; Flight; Second Chance; The Unexpected; The Privileged Few; A New Vernacular; Survival of the Fittest; A Deepening Sense; Belonging; Chant.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Charlie Porter: Immigration Nation

Read "Immigration Nation" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Jazz has always carried with it a social narrative with historical ebbs and flows reliant on the polarizing issues of its time. With Immigrant Nation (OA2, 2019), Portland based trumpeter Charlie Porter embraces the forever narrative of American immigration, the historical force of humanity that has formed and enriched this country from its beginnings. The linear ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Brad Whiteley: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It's not stretching the imagination to wonder where and how New York City fits the myriad of excellent jazz players who call the city home. They come, gratefully, from everywhere, bringing with them fresh ideas, odd twists on the tried and true and a creative energy that lights this most fertile diaspora. Making comparisons ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Brad Whiteley: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Pianist Brad Whiteley has had a lot of varied experiences in his career. He has played with rock artists like Regina Spektor and David Byrne and improvisers like Dave Liebman and Cameron Mizell. He's also worked on film soundtracks and played in the pit band of a Broadway show. That eclecticism is reflected in Presence--his second ...

Blood & Bone

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: The Ship; Road Trip; The Shadow Of Your Ghost; Dandelions; Anymore; Lullaby Girl; Summer Solstice; Bo Ba Bo; Choices; Solitude In A Song; Runaway Child; The Truth; I'm A Traveler; Blood And Bone.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joanna Wallfisch: Blood & Bone

Read "Blood & Bone" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Put quite simply, Blood & Bone is both the sound of a broken heart laid bare and the sonic summation of a journey toward its reconstruction. It's an album informed by the gravitas of naked truth, finding vocalist Joanna Wallfisch creating and delivering a singular blend of poise, pain, and passion with startling clarity.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jonathan Saraga: Journey to a New World

Read "Journey to a New World" reviewed by Troy Dostert

It's been five years since Jonathan Saraga's debut release, First Vision, but the trumpeter's sophomore album was worth waiting for. Saraga's precise and passionate technique, combined with thoughtful, well- constructed compositions (and a couple nicely-arranged cover tunes) make for a stimulating listen that rewards on a number of levels. The record's title captures the feel of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Cameron Mizell: Negative Spaces

Read "Negative Spaces" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Cameron Mizell is not a well-known guitarist but he is a talented one. Working with just keyboards and drums on this CD he goes on an expansive excursion through the realms of jazz, progressive rock, funk and country. Just the first four tracks, which actually run together without a break, he goes through New ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Matthew Sheens: Untranslatable

Read "Untranslatable" reviewed by Ian Patterson

With his impressive debut Every Eight Seconds (Self Produced, 2012) garnering universally positive reviews, Australian-born, New York-based pianist Matthew Sheens returns with an even meatier, juicier follow-up. Every Eight Seconds introduced an original composer, one whose melodic and rhythmic ideas championed narrative over virtuosity. There's perhaps more of Sheens the Downbeat poll-winning pianist this time out ...


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