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Letter from America

Label: Leading Tone Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Under A New Mexico Sky; Radio Free America; Venice Beach Boardwalk; The Battle Of New York City; A Conversation In Central Park; Lady Dynamite; The Pollock Galaxy; Ous Ous; Code (Re)d; Under A New Mexico Sky (Reprise).

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Paul Hemmings Trio with John Tchicai: Letter From America

Read "Letter From America" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Paul Hemmings Trio with saxophonist John Tchicai mixes some styles around on Letter From American, and still comes up with a cohesive set of sounds.“Under a New Mexico Sky" opens the disc with a sludgy rhythm behind John Tchicai's raw, loud saxophone. It sounds like Led Zeppelin, circa 1969, especially when guitarist Hemmings ...

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The Paul Hemmings Trio with John Tchicai: Letter From America

Read "Letter From America" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

When guitarist Paul Hemmings says that he views jazz through a wide angle lens, he is not making an idle boast. He shows just how adventurous a composer he is on this recording, his third as leader. It goes past his two previous recordings--In and Out (Leading Tone, 2003), which had a strong mainstream approach, and ...

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Paul Hemmings: Letter from America

Read "Letter from America" reviewed by Andrey Henkin

It is often necessary to do a cost-benefit analysis when including a “name" on a jazz recording. Will the added recognition be offset either by a lackluster performance that seems purely mercenary or a star shining that much brighter than those around them, creating unevenness? One imagines that guitarist Paul Hemmings has made ...


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