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Marcus Rojas

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"Phenomenal tubist Marcus Rojas" (Whitney Balliet, The New Yorker) is a native of New York City. Considered one of "the best all around tuba players in the world" (Harvey Pekar,Jazziz); among the diverse groups in which he has played are the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, American Symphony, American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New York Pops, EOS, Radio City Music Hall, Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, ensembles led by Gil Evans, George Russell, Jim Hall, Lionel Hampton, Dave Douglas, Wayne Shorter, David Byrne, and P.D.Q

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Rare Metals

Label: Greenleaf Music
Released: 2011
Track listing: Town Hall; Night Growl; Lush Life; Thread; Safeway; My Old Sign.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kresten Osgood, Adriano Clemente & Rempis Percussion Quartet

Read "Kresten Osgood, Adriano Clemente & Rempis Percussion Quartet" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Danish drummer Kresten Osgood has always fascinated me with his versatility, and he's one of those do-everything cats: composer, saxophonist, singer, organizer, media host and rapper. But it's his drumming that gets the spotlight in this show with a peek at back catalogue plus a new release with iconic drummer Ra Kalam Bob Moses and guitarist ...

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Article: Play This!

Michael Blake: Afro Blake

Read "Michael Blake: Afro Blake" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Africa seems to have been a special source of inspiration for Michael Blake, as compositions like “Addis Abeba" (Elevated), “Malagasy" (Combobulate), “Mauritania" (Buzz), “Road to Lusaka" (In the Grand Scheme of Things), “Africa Used to Be Home" (More Like Us) or “Surfing Sahara" (Elevated ) attest. They are all characterized by memorable themes and an instantly ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Marshall Gilkes: Cyclic Journey

Read "Marshall Gilkes: Cyclic Journey" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Wonders never cease with Marshall Gilkes. Having previously reached extraordinary heights as a leader on a breakout quartet set, two standout quintet dates, a pair of essential releases with the WDR Big Band and one stunning trio album, this celebrated trombonist and composer now moves beyond known borders. Directing and fronting a sui generis assemblage merging ...

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Cyclic Journey

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Part I: First Light; Part II: Up and Down; Part III: The Calm; Go Get It!; Part V: Respite; Part VI: Beat the Clock; Part VII: Genre Battles; Part VIII: Musings; Part IX: Cyclic Journey; Bonus Track: Sin Filtro.

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Combobulate

Label: Newvelle Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Henry’s Boogaloo; Combobulate; Focus Pocus; Cuyahoga Valley; Strange Affair; Bills In The Bell; Bob The Bob; Malagasy; The Parting Glass.

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Article: Album Review

Michael Blake: Combobulate

Read "Combobulate" reviewed by Chris May


The instrumentation alone promises something out of the ordinary. Saxophone, two tubas, trumpet, trombone, drums. Then there are the musicians, luminaries of downtown New York jazz. Michael Blake, Bob Stewart, Marcus Rojas, Steven Bernstein, Clark Gayton, Allan Mednard. And within seconds of the needle descending on track one, side one, Combobulate starts delivering on the promise. ...

Article: Album Review

John Ellis, Andy Bragen: The Ice Siren

Read "The Ice Siren" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Dopo Dreamscapes e MOBRO John Ellis e Andy Bragen firmano un altro lavoro d'ampio respiro, che si snoda in equilibrio tra scrittura cameristica, jazz e opera contemporanea. Ellis ha scritto la musica e partecipa come strumentista; Bragen ha composto il libretto, ispirandosi al filone gothic fantasy di autori come Tim Burton ne “La sposa ...

Album

The Ice Siren

Label: Parade Light
Released: 2020
Track listing: Graveyard Visit; Heaven or Hell; Melusina’s Siren Song; She Shows Her Face; Little Man; Cold; Entombed in Ice.


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