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Michael Cain was born April 2, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, shortly thereafter. He first started playing the piano at the age of four and was quickly improvising and composing. The following year he began studying classical music, although by the age of ten it was jazz that became predominant, as well as an interest in integrating several kinds of popular music. Michael went on to attend several universities starting with the University of North Texas. Although initially a jazz major, he found that classical music was occupying more of his time and switched to that major

Sola

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015
Track listing: Orun; Esu Dance; In the Front Door; Mais Uma Noite; Wogg; Ne Se Fia; The Sin You’ve Been Looking For; My Moyo.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Cain: Sola

Read "Sola" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In his long and well-established career, keyboardist/composer Michael Cain has often flown under the radar. Dating back to 1991, Cain was part of the bassist Anthony Cox's impressive quartet which included saxophonist Dewey Redman drummer Billy Higgins in its initial formation. His fine piano trio outing Circa (ECM, 1997) with trumpeter Ralph Alessi and saxophonist Peter ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Brian Landrus' Kaleidoscope: Mirage

Read "Mirage" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Thus far, every recording by low-end multi-reed artist Brian Landrus has been refreshingly different. The NEC grad burst on to the scene a few years back with Forward (Cadence Jazz Records, 2008) a richly textured free-leaning acoustic jazz album created with a large ensemble of seasoned jazz veterans such as pianist Michael Cain and drummer Bob ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ralph Alessi: Baida

Read "Baida" reviewed by John Kelman

With 2013 heading into fall, it's a good time to take stock of a label that has all too often been (falsely) accused of minimizing the country where jazz began. Excluding reissues, this year's ECM regular series releases represent about thirty percent American leadership; given jazz's increasingly global nature, hardly a bad number--and better still, when ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Marvin Sewell: Stepping Up to the Plate

Read "Marvin Sewell: Stepping Up to the Plate" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]Marvin Sewell might be the greatest guitarist you've never heard of. I first met Sewell at a recording session in 1995. (Sewell, saxophonist Gary Thomas, and I improvised over hip-hop tracks for two days; these sessions were edited into what become Thomas' ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Landrus Kaleidoscope: Capsule

Read "Capsule" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Brian Landrus is a striking baritone saxophonist and appears to have become a full-time bass clarinetist as well. Landrus is unique and unlike anyone else in his tribe because he appears to have a genuine and very deep passion for the bass registers of the world. For all that is known he hears sounds that most ...

Solo

Label: Native Drum Music
Released: 2011
Track listing: Kammotion; Prayer; Gerald; The Question; Last Waltz.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Landrus Kaleidoscope: Capsule

Read "Capsule" reviewed by Dave Wayne

After exploring post-bop and free-ish jazz with his first two CDs, multi-reed player Brian Landrus extends his stylistic range into the realm of electric jazz with Capsule. Despite listing Fender Rhodes and electric guitar among the CD credits, Capsule is not really a fusion record. Rather, it's a jazz recording with some electronic instrumentation, along the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Landrus Kaleidoscope: Capsule

Read "Capsule" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On Capsule his second album on his own BlueLand label, baritone saxophonist and reed multi-instrumentalist, Brian Landrus pushes the boundaries of jazz and explores a more fusion-like style inspired by Motown and other related genres. Contributing to this electric sound is the addition of Nir Felder to the rhythm section whose Jimi Hendrix-like ...


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