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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


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Sparrows are Badasses

Label: Shifting Paradigm Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 6:11


New Past

Label: Shifting Paradigm Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Sparrows are Badasses; Avocado; Choro de Familiaris; followfellowflow; Evidence; Tones of Tamuras; Toy Tune; Some Moments are Eternal.


Article: Album Review

JC Sanford with Anthony Cox and Michael Cain: New Past

Read "New Past" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although he has shown himself to be adept in crafting big-band releases such as Views from the Inside (Whirlwind, 2014), trombonist JC Sanford usually works in a pared-down setting, such as his quartet release Keratoconus (Shifting Paradigm, 2019) or, more recently, the two volumes of his trio-based Imminent Standards (Shifting Paradigm, 2021 and 2022). Here he ...

Article: Album Review

Mike McGinnis - Elias Bailey - Vinnie Sperazza: Time Is Thicker

Read "Time Is Thicker" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Conclusa la notevole parentesi con Art Lande e Steve Swallow per l'etichetta Sunnyside (Recurring Dream del 2017 e Singular Awakening del 2018), Mike McGinnis conferma la formula del trio con due nuovi partner, privilegiando il clarinetto rispetto al sax soprano. Dopo ricercati lavori con medie formazioni dove ha espresso originalità come compositore e arrangiatore, McGinnis evidenzia ...



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' ...


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