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Luther Gray

Jazz drummers, in general, are philosophers when contrasted with the dumb jock model often attributed to boomer era fossil rock. Mr. Gray is a thinking drummer with an expansive kindliness about him that shifts to striking capacities of concentration when he engages his kit. One commonality I find with this run of drummers is their embrace of flow. Outside now a fat offshore slop front is busy soaking Boston and all the sounds of rain, downpour, focused splashing below the bad roof gutter, car tires mildly hydroplaning on Hampshire street and a syncopation of drippings adds up to some counterpart of flow drumming. Luther also has water cascades, whitewater rapids and quiet frog splashes in vernal pools worked into the repertoire. Faucet splashes from urban sinks, a slow dripping leak and a morning shower are in there too as well as the various rounds of waves at oceanic edges...flow. 1.What brought you to music? "When I was a kid my folks had a big furniture cabinet with the record player inside and the speakers built into the corners and a horrible record collection

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Against All Odds

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Against All Odds; Flowering; Waiting; Dear Gaia; No Name Days; Threnody; Angst

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Article: Album Review

Jared Sims: Against All Odds

Read "Against All Odds" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Any tenor saxophonist with the surname Sims is certain to draw the attention of a seasoned reviewer, if only out of curiosity. The first name in this instance is Jared, not Zoot (well, not John). As it turns out, Sims has an impressive resume as a performer, writer, educator and leader; Against All Odds is at ...

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Against All Odds

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 04:15

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Article: Album Review

Jeff Platz / Max Goldman / Brendan Carniaux: With Orbit

Read "With Orbit" reviewed by Mark Corroto


If we had to categorize the sounds of Jeff Platz, Max Goldman, and Brendan Carniaux, we might call it sneaky music. Not sneaky as in deceitful, more like wily or sly. Partly composed, mostly improvised, With Orbit trades in the art of sleight of hand. For instance the opening track “Lost To History" leads off with ...

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Cutout

Label: Driff Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1 Hyphen | Pandelis Karayorgis (6:34) 2 Cutout | Nate McBride (10:46) 3 Chainsaw Pedicure | Jorrit Dijkstra Tenet | Jeb Bishop (12:13) 4 Shadow | Pandelis Karayorgis Bird Call | Jeb Bishop Chickadee | Nate McBride (15:18) 5 Sand Pile | Pandelis Karayorgis (10:11) 6 Neumes | Pandelis Karayorgis Jowls | Luther Gray (13:36)

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CliffPools

Label: Driff Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Weft; Blue Shadow; Plateau; Scale the Firmament; Cocoon; Undertow; Warp; Formed Shed; Catapult; Self-Headed.

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Dijkstra, Bishop, Karayorgis, McBride & Gray: Cut Out

Read "Cut Out" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Sei tracce per dieci temi complessivi, quattro di Pandelis Karayorgis, greco, due di Nate McBride, americano di Chicago, e Jeb Bishop, lui di Raleigh, North Carolina, e uno a testa di Jorrit Dijkstra, olandese, e Luther Gray, di New Orleans, compongono questo bell'album, ricco, solido, a tratti persino rutilante, in cui i due fiati si danno ...

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New albums from Webber Morris Big Band, Alex Massa, Wayne Wallace, and Vanderlei Pereira

Read "New albums from Webber Morris Big Band, Alex Massa, Wayne Wallace, and Vanderlei Pereira" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show four great albums and some other fantastic music in-between: Wayne Wallace delivers dazzling new compositions and classic jazz standards, using the expanded sonic palette of an orchestra to highlight the strengths of his core conjunto. Underneath it all is an effortlessly instructive survey of Latin rhythms, from the familiar to the ...

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Pandelis Karayorgis Double Trio: CliffPools

Read "CliffPools" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Visit any dog park and you'll notice canines need no instruction on how to play together. Chasing the ball, chasing each other, or investigating a pond is quite instinctive for our furry friends. Apologies for equating the master musicians heard on CliffPools with a pack of dogs, but a ferocious struggle for dominance this is not. ...


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