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Lenny White

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Leonard White III is best known for playing in Chick Corea's Return to Forever and being one of the forerunners of jazz-rock/funk. White was born in New York City. A self-taught, left- handed drummer on a right-handed kit, he began his career in local groups, and playing regularly with Jackie McLean in the late 1960s. In 1969, he first appeared on Miles Davis' historic recording on Bitches' Brew and later in 1970 he played with Freddie Hubbard on Red Clay before joining Corea's Return to Forever and Azteca in 1972. A year after, Azteca dissolved and he became dedicated to RTF. For five years, he recorded a number of albums with Return to Forever including the award winning "No Mystery" and "Romantic Warrior

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Article: Liner Notes

CTI Acid Jazz Grooves by Various Artists

Read "CTI Acid Jazz Grooves by Various Artists" reviewed by Arnaldo DeSouteiro


The CD you are holding in your hands is a very special compilation. It's the celebration of CTI as one of the most “sampled" labels on Earth! For the past ten years, many CTI tracks have been cut up, sampled, scratched and looped to create new songs for a new audience. Many of the selections on ...

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Article: Live Review

Noah Haidu Trio with Buster Williams & Lenny White at Jazz Alley

Read "Noah Haidu Trio with Buster Williams & Lenny White at Jazz Alley" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Noah Haidu Trio with Buster Williams & Lenny White Jazz Alley Seattle, Washington May 21, 2024 Pianist Noah Haidu is in jazz terms, a “new voice," even though he has been releasing notable recordings as a leader for well over a decade now. While his recordings have featured his modern, original ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A look back at 1975 with Miles Davis, John Abercrombie and Billy Cobham

Read "A look back at 1975 with Miles Davis, John Abercrombie and Billy Cobham" reviewed by Len Davis


Some hard-edged music from Miles Davis's Agharta, John Abercrombie and Jan Hammer's Timeless and Lenny White's Venusian Summer. Billy Cobham's Shabazz and the funky sounds from Herbie Hancock's Manchild. The powerful sounds of The Mahavishnu Orchestra's Visions Of The Emerald Beyond, Return To Forever's No Mystery and Stanley Clarke's Journey To Love. Playlist Miles ...

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Article: Live Review

Kenny Barron Residency at SFJAZZ Center

Read "Kenny Barron Residency at SFJAZZ Center" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


Kenny Barron Residency SFJAZZ Center San Francisco February 1-4, 2024 Popularly dubbed an “elder statesman" of jazz, pianist Kenny Barron, needs no introduction to aficionados of contemporary American music. At 80, he is still actively playing, composing, mentoring, teaching, and releasing music (including two duets with Dave Holland). Barron joined ...

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Article: Album Review

Gerald Cannon: Live At Dizzy's Club: The Music of Elvin & McCoy

Read "Live At Dizzy's Club: The Music of Elvin & McCoy" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In June 2022, bassist Gerald Cannon assembled an all-star septet to perform compositions by his late friends and musical colleagues, drummer Elvin Jones and pianist McCoy Tyner, in concert at Dizzy's Club in New York City. It is a respectable blowing session, with capable solos by all hands, albeit a tad less than one might expect ...

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Article: Album Review

Eddie Henderson: Witness To History

Read "Witness To History" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Make no mistake: it is the hot buttered soul, “Shaft"-like theme of “Scorpio Rising" that first snags one's attention. But once snagged, the old cool sets in and Witness To History, trumpeter Eddie Henderson's self curated soundtrack, unwinds with a wicked fervor. A deep, wicked joy. Henderson--who has pretty much seen it all from ...

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Article: Album Review

Gerald Cannon: Live At Dizzy's Club: The Music of Elvin & McCoy

Read "Live At Dizzy's Club: The Music of Elvin & McCoy" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


In the heart of the jazz universe, bassist Gerald Cannon pays homage to a couple of legendary figures Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner with his album Live at Dizzy's Club: The Music of Elvin & McCoy. Not only is the recording an acknowledgement of the many years Cannon spent playing with Elvin and McCoy, but it ...

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Unalome

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Stairways; Estate; Tayamisha; In the Middle of a Rainbow; The Wisdom of Silence; 42nd Street; I've Got the World o a String; Here's to Life.

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Witness To History

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Scorpio Rising; Why Not?; Sweet and Lovely; It Never Entered My Mind; Freedom Jazz Dance; I'm Gonna Miss You, My Darling; Totem Pole; Born to Be Blue.


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