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Behn Gillece: Still Doing Our Thing

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2020 was an unusual year to say the least, much in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This resulted in global restrictions, causing people to make drastic changes in everyday life. The situation was particularly challenging for musicians. For one thing, live performances were on hiatus, creating new problems for players who relied on performing live. ...

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Christopher Burnett: The Standards, Vol. 1

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Modern jazz can certainly take a variety of different forms, but standards still remain the foundation for many players. With The Standards Vol. 1, Christopher Burnett brings modern and traditional elements together in an excellent meeting. His approach is to bring a traditional approach to each song, whether it's a well-loved favorite or an original composition. ...

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Bruce Springsteen: Boss-A-Nova: Springsteen Plays Jazz

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Bruce Springsteen is nothing short of a rock legend, but his talent isn't limited solely to “three chords and the truth." During his career, Springsteen has managed to break away and explore different styles. Take, for example, his 1982 album, Nebraska (Columbia), which was something of a departure into the folk music world. Although he continued ...

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Justin Page: Lost and Found

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All too often in life, people find themselves reminiscing about their past accomplishments, only wishing they could go back in time to pick up where they left off. Unfortunately, many never get the opportunity to try again. New York-based drummer Justin Page, however, is an exception. The album, Lost And Found, is an excellent comeback for ...

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Nick Lombardelli: Secret Suite

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It's easy to see the influence of blues and popular music in jazz. After all, many jazz standards were originally popular songs, and blues is where jazz music originated. Classical music, though, has also featured prominently in jazz, but it doesn't always get the same level of recognition. However, some of the greatest jazz musicians and ...

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Michael Dease: Give It All You Got

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Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell once discussed his views on playing music by making a point that, “you are unique, be yourself, put out that thing that is you, then use your work ethic and produce great music." Trombonist Michael Dease embodies the spirit of Burrell's statement. Dease is a dedicated musician who is rapidly making a ...

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John Walsh: Irlandalucía

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Flamenco music might not be the first thing that one would associate with Ireland, but John Walsh hopes to change that mindset. A classically trained Irish guitarist, he is quickly making a place for himself among the major flamenco artists. Irlandalucía is said to be the first flamenco album to be released by an Irish musician, ...

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Out To Dinner: Play On

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Record producers don't always get the same amount of attention as the musicians featured on an album, but their role and influence is vital in the recording process. Take The Beatles' producer, George Martin, for example. His involvement brought the music to a new level. This is also the case with Blue Note co-founder Alfred Lion, ...

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Diego Rivera: Indigenous

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The old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words" might be a cliché, but it also contains an element of truth. Some of the most powerful messages come across without relying on words. And when it comes to music, lyrics are not always needed to convey a message. Such is the case with Diego Rivera's ...

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New Faces: New Sounds

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It's refreshing to see younger artists gaining recognition in jazz circles. The energy and performances of such players often adds a sense of vitality to the music, and Posi-Tone Records has been at the forefront of bringing many of these emerging artists to the mainstream. In 2017, for example, Marc Free, the owner and producer of ...


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