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Lenny Pickett

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Lenny Pickett possesses THE Saxophone sound of a generation. LP has been the Bandleader on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (SNL) since 1995, after gaining fame with TOWER OF POWER. His renowned skill in the altissimo (high) register of his Tenor Sax and his relentlessly soulful approach create an inimitable, distinctive voice. Lenny is self-taught - He joined TOP at age 18, and has appeared on-stage and on recordings with many pop and R&B artists like David Bowie, Joe Cocker, Talking Heads, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Rod Stewart and Little Feat. Lenny is a professor in the Jazz Studies department at New York University, and, when his schedule permits, performs clinics and concerts worldwide

Album

Heard by Others

Label: Orenda Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Nogent-Le-Rotrou Alto Clar Fractured Water 1-5-13

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Article: Profile

Ain’t Nothing Stopping Us Now: The Tower Of Power Story

Read "Ain’t Nothing Stopping Us Now: The Tower Of Power Story" reviewed by Jason Elias


For over 50 years Tower of Power has been the favorite of those who love R&B/soul, funk and sophisticated jazz. While the band is often known for its revolving door of lead singers, the band's founders, Emilio Castillo (saxophone) and Stephen “Doc" Kupka (baritone sax) have remained their constant. The Bay Area band's first album East ...

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Article: Live Review

Tower of Power at the Paramount Theatre

Read "Tower of Power at the Paramount Theatre" reviewed by Steven Roby


Tower of Power Paramount Theatre Denver, CO August 11, 2023 Debuting in 1968 as The Motowns, the gritty horn-led band paid its dues by playing San Francisco Bay Area clubs and county fairs while developing its signature funk style. Their tight horn section and foot-stomping rhythms set them apart from their ...

Album

The Power Station Sessions

Label: Autumn Hill Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: 48th Street; Big Man On Mulberry Street; Asbury Daze; Black Cow; It Won't Be Long; Runnin'; Global Warming; Knocks Me Off My Feet; Hey, Pocky Way.

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Little Feat: Waiting For Columbus, The Super Deluxe Edition

Label: Rhino
Released: 2022
Track listing:
CD 1: Original Album: Join the Band (Live at Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC, 8/10/77); Fat Man in the Bathtub (Live at Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC, 8/10/77); All That You Dream (Live at Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC, 8/10/77); Oh Atlanta (Live at Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC, 8/10/77); Old Folks Boogie (Live at The Rainbow, London, England, 8/4/77); Time Loves a Hero (Live at The Rainbow, London, England, 8/4/77) Day or Night (Live at The Rainbow, London, England, 8/4/77); Mercenary Territory (Live at The Rainbow, London, England, 8/4/77); Spanish Moon (Live at Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC, 8/10/77).
CD 2: Original Album: Dixie Chicken (Live at The Rainbow, London, England, 8/4/77); Tripe Face Boogie (Live at The Rainbow, London, England, 8/4/77); Rocket in My Pocket (Live at The Rainbow, London, England, 8/4/77); Willin’ (Live at Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC, 8/10/77); Don’t Bogart That Joint (Live at Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC, 8/10/77); A Apolitical Blues (Live at The Rainbow, London, England, 8/4/77); Sailin’ Shoes (Live at Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC, 8/10/77); Feats Don’t Fail Me Now (Live at Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC, 8/10/77).
CD 3: Live at Manchester City Hall (7/29/77): Walkin’ All Night;* Skin It Back;* Fat Man in the Bathtub;* Red Streamliner;* Oh Atlanta;* Day at the Dog Races;* All That You Dream;* On Your Way Down;* Time Loves a Hero;* Day or Night.*
CD 4: Live at Manchester City Hall (7/29/77): Rock And Roll Doctor;* Old Folks Boogie;* Dixie Chicken;* Tripe Face Boogie;* Willin’/Don’t Bogart That Joint;* Feats Don’t Fail Me Now;* Rocket In My Pocket;* Sailin’ Shoes;* Teenage Nervous Breakdown.*
CD 5: Live at The Rainbow, London, (8/2/77): Walkin’ All Night;* Fat Man In The Bathtub;* Red Streamliner;* Oh Atlanta;* Day At The Dog Races;* All That You Dream;* Mercenary Territory; On Your Way Down;* Skin It Back; Old Folks Boogie.
CD 6: Live at The Rainbow, London, (8/2/77): Rock And Roll Doctor;* Cold Cold Cold;* Dixie Chicken;* Tripe Face Boogie;* Willin’/Don’t Bogart That Joint;* Feats Don’t Fail Me Now;* Rocket In My Pocket; Spanish Moon;* A Apolitical Blues ;* Teenage Nervous Breakdown.*
CD 7: Live at Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C. (8/10/77): Walkin’ All Night;* Red Streamliner;* Fat Man In The Bathtub; Day At The Dog Races;* All That You Dream; On Your Way Down; Time Loves A Hero;* Day Or Night;* Skin It Back.*
CD 8: Live at Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C. (8/10/77): Oh Atlanta; Old Folks Boogie;* Dixie Chicken;* Tripe Face Boogie;* Feats Don’t Fail Me Now;* Rocket In My Pocket;* Sailin’ Shoes;* Teenage Nervous Breakdown.*
*previously unreleased

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News: Education

Eastman School of Music Appoints Christine Jensen as Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Media

Eastman School of Music Appoints Christine Jensen as  Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Media

The Eastman School of Music has recently announced Christine Jensen as Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Media. Saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen has been described as “an original voice on the international jazz scene… [and] one of Canada’s most compelling composers,” by Mark Miller of the Globe and Mail. Christine will make the move from ...

Album

50 Years of Funk and Soul

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Stroke '75; Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us; You Ought to Be Havin' Fun; Soul with a Capital S; Stop; You're so Wonderful; Just When we Start Makin' It; On the Serious Side; Soul Vaccination; What is Hip; Do You Like That?; Drop It in the Slot; Can't You See?; Maybe It'll Rub Off; Don't Change Horses; Squib Cakes; On the Soul Side of Town; Diggin' on James Brown; So Very Hard To Go; Knock Yourself Out; You're Still a Young Man; Souled Out.

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Article: Album Review

Tower of Power: 50 Years of Funk and Soul

Read "50 Years of Funk and Soul" reviewed by John Pietaro


In the realm of power funk and jazz-rock, Tower of Power was an original voice, one carved from a unique place within an exceptionally heady moment. And this convergence of forces, clearly, has yet to cool some 53 years hence. Horns? They've carried up to six at a time, to hell with diminished door ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Michael Gregory Jackson, Francesca Remigi & Oles Brothers

Read "Michael Gregory Jackson, Francesca Remigi & Oles Brothers" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This show reminds me of a calzone stuffed with just about every imaginable filling. Appropriately, there's a wonderful new release from Italian drummer Francesca Remigi and her band Archipelagos. This is definitely one of the finest debuts of 2021—deep, contemporary and socially aware. The very respected guitarist, Michael Gregory Jackson, is also debuting his Frequency Equilibrium ...


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