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Otis Brown III

Hackensack, N.J. native, drummer and composer Otis Brown III was destined for success in his field. Born not far from Rudy Van Gelder's legendary recording studio, Otis' mother was working as a vocal music teacher/choir director and his father a percussionist at the time of his birth. Hearing music from conception in this fertile, music rich, environment would prove to be invaluable for his future. Since his birth in NJ, Otis has traveled a path that has led to him being one of the most in demand, and well respected musicians in the world of music today. Expressing an early interest in music, Otis began his musical studies at the fertile age of 7

Racing a Butterfly

Label: Bjurecords
Released: 2020
Track listing: Triangular Waves; Racing a Butterfly; Parallel Flying Part 1; Parallel Flying Part 2; Butterfly Interlude; Dancing Butterflies; Cluster; Reworking of a Butterfly; Butterflies Too.

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Roundup Time

Read "Roundup Time" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Although the coronavirus has brought live music to a virtual standstill, recorded jazz has continued to pour out over the last few months. Here is a roundup of several recent releases that deserve some attention. Troy Roberts Stuff I Heard Toy Robot Music 2020 Troy Roberts goes ...

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Anne Mette Iversen Quartet + 1: Racing a Butterfly

Read "Racing a Butterfly" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

A working collective since 2002, Anne Mette Iversen's quartet—saxophonist John Ellis, pianist Danny Grissett, drummer Otis Brown III and Iversen herself on bass—has developed a unique musical language, which transcends typical stigmas of the genre and demonstrates a special sense of light-footedness in navigating through the different bars and meters, all the while evading the self-indulgent. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Anne Mette Iversen: Racing a Butterfly

Read "Racing a Butterfly" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Many can surely recall the sunny, childlike fervor and bounce chasing a butterfly. Whether it was the park behind the projects or a rolling, rural vista, a feeling of wonder and wander settled into our core memory, only to be summoned in up from the subconscious to displace the current. Even if but for a moment. ...

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Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Doug Collette

Discover Jazz Festival Burlington, Vermont June 3-12, 2016 With thirty-two years of history, the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is an avowed tradition, but those who oversee the wide variety of events that take place in Vermont's Queen City for the duration of its multiple nights regularly find a way to inject fresh ...

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Take Five With Ferit Odman

Read "Take Five With Ferit Odman" reviewed by Ferit Odman

About Ferit Odman: Ferit Odman is an on demand and busy jazz drummer based in jny: Istanbul. He started his music studies in Sweden as an AFS exchange student (1999), got a full scholarship to get his B.A. in Music at Istanbul Bilgi University (2001), attended the School For Improvisation workshops in NYC (2004), ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Anne Mette Iversen's Double Life: So Many Roads

Read "So Many Roads" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Originaria della Danimarca, la contrabbassista e compositrice Anne Mette Iversen si è giovanissima trasferita a New York per favorire la propria formazione, per poi spostarsi a Berlino. Dopo aver lavorato a lungo con varie formazioni, in particolare con un suo quartetto, qui si cimenta in un contesto più sofisticato dal punto di vista compositivo e orchestrale. ...

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Trumpeter/Composer John Raymond Takes a New Look At Jazz Tradition On "Foreign Territory"

Trumpeter/Composer John Raymond Takes a New Look At Jazz Tradition On "Foreign Territory"

Raymond's Second CD, out April 28 via Fresh Sound/New Talent, features pianist Dan Tepfer, bassist Joe Martin, and legendary drummer Billy Hart Inspiration doesn’t have to come from reshaping the ground beneath one’s feet; the creative spark can also be ignited by exploring well-trod terrain with fresh eyes. On his sophomore CD, Brooklyn-based trumpeter/composer John Raymond ...


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