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Michael Karn

   Tenor saxophonist/Bassist Michael Karn has been involved in the New York jazz scene for more than 25 years, and in that time he has worked with many of the music world’s most creative artists. Born on July 12, 1966, Michael began playing jazz in high school, winning awards at several competitions and appearing in the 1984 New York High School All State Jazz Ensemble. From there it was on to New York University, where he studied saxophone with Joe Lovano, and performed with the school's top ensemble, led by Jim McNeely. Upon graduating Michael immediately joined the Ray Charles Orchestra, touring the United States, Europe, and Japan

Battle Lines

Label: Blue Canteen Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ignominy; Battle Lines; Loopholes; Thank You, Dziekuje; Bebop Operations; Bootlickers Blues; Lullaby For Lori And John; Churn; Steeplechase; #Social Loafing; Sir John.

Battle Lines

Label: Blue Canteen Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ignominy; Battle Lines; Loopholes; Thank You, Dziekuje; Bebop Operations; Bootlickers Blues; Lullaby For Lori and John; Churn; Steeplechase; #Social Loafing; Sir John.

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Steve Fidyk: Battle Lines

Read "Battle Lines" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Battle Lines, the inaugural release of Steve Fidyk's Blue Canteen Music label, bears the stamp of a rhythm section capable of adroitly assuming multiple identities. During large portions of three amiable, bop-oriented tracks, “Bebop Operations," “#Social Loafing" and “Sir John," Fidyk's drums, bassist Michael Karn and pianist Peter Zak move the music along without any fuss ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Fishwick/Alex Garnett Quartet: Marshian Time Slip

Read "Marshian Time Slip" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

If the record label's name and the vinyl album's gorgeous retro sleeve aren't enough of a clue, the first few bars of “The Wrath Of Karn" make it clear. Marshian Time Slip is a contemporary slice of hard bop, from four excellent practitioners of the art. From cool, slow-burning and moody ensemble pieces to fast-paced, explosive, ...

In Focus

Label: Creative Sources
Released: 2000

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Karn Quintet: In Focus

Read "In Focus" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Michael Karn’s maiden voyage as a leader reveals an accomplished tenor saxophonist who is capable of shaping the sound of a quintet like a veteran. His playing is influenced by Coltrane, Mobley, Gordon, and Henderson, but nonetheless has attained an impressive degree of individuality. Similarly, the band’s sound can be placed in the modern mainstream, and ...


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