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Peter Epstein

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Peter Epstein began his career in 1984 in Portland, Oregon where he apprenticed with resident musicians Nancy King and Glen Moore. In 1992, after four years of studying jazz and various world music genres at California Institute of the Arts, Peter earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and relocated to New York City. Since then he has appeared on over 30 recordings and toured in more than 20 countries with artists including Bobby Previte, Brad Shepik, Ralph Alessi, Michael Cain, Medeski, Martin, & Wood, Mike Stern, Jim Black, Ravi Coltrane, and many others. As a leader, Peter has released four albums for MA Recordings. His most recent album for MA, Old School, features Peter Erskine on drums and Scott Colley on Bass

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Article: BackTracks

Ethnic Embraces

Read "Ethnic Embraces" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


For the fourth installment in the continuing BackTracks series, we take a look at some notable releases that infuse their jazz with stylistic spice indigenous to different regions of the world—namely North Africa, the Iberian peninsula and the Balkans. As BackTracks was on a hiatus of sorts (and because these recordings seemed to emerge in matched ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Giancarlo Schiaffini & Sergio Armaroli and Kopasetic artists

Read "Giancarlo Schiaffini & Sergio Armaroli and Kopasetic artists" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Deconstructing one of the original deconstructers of jazz, Thelonious Monk, is no easy task, but the Italian duo of trombonist Giancarlo Schiaffini and percussionist Sergio Armaroli do exactly that on their new album Deconstructing Monk In Africa. It's one of the more unusual releases of late; you'll hear an excerpt from their extended work. Monk is ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

20 Years of One Man’s Jazz

Read "20 Years of One Man’s Jazz" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This show marks the 20th anniversary of One Man's Jazz which began its radio journey on May 1, 1999 at CKUW 95.9 FM in Winnipeg, eventually shifting to extraterrestrial Taint Radio in 2012. Rather than just play something from my favourite recording list for each of those twenty years (that was too easy), I decided to ...

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Article: Interview

Peter Epstein: Effortless Precision

Read "Peter Epstein: Effortless Precision" reviewed by Stephen A. Smith


This article was first published at All About Jazz in June 2001. Peter Epstein is one of the brightest saxophonists on the New York scene. Since coming to New York from jny: Portland in 1992, he has recorded with Brad Shepik, Ralph Alessi, and a host of others, on more than 30 albums. He ...

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Article: Album Review

Gavin Templeton: Ballast

Read "Ballast" reviewed by Dave Wayne


A native of Reno, Nevada, alto saxophonist Gavin Templeton is emerging as one of the leading voices of Los Angeles' suddenly burgeoning modern jazz scene. If the music on Ballast, his fourth album as a leader, is any indication, Templeton might just be on his way to becoming one of the leading voices in modern jazz, ...

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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 ...

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Article: Album Review

David Ake: Lake Effect

Read "Lake Effect" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Pianist David Ake strikes a pensive pose on the back cover of Lake Effect, foreshadowing a good amount of the music that follows. With his previous album, Ake reveled in the opportunity to keep listener's guessing from song to song and moment to moment. It was a musical gambit that paid off handsomely, making Bridges (Posi-Tone, ...

Album

Polarities

Label: Songlines Recordings
Released: 2014
Track listing: Polarity; Tiny Expanding Universe; Forever Now; Old Yarn; Email From Nigeria; Aholdu; Constance; Hurtle; Stillness.

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News: Education

Brubeck Institute Announces New Series, Take 5 Jazz At The Brew Schedule

University of the Pacific’s Brubeck Institute this week announced its new Brubeck Institute Presents series and the fall schedule for its popular Take 5 Jazz at the Brew series and Take 5 Jam Sessions. Chris Brubeck, Peter Epstein, Steve Allee and Jamie Baum will each play Brubeck Institute Presents dates this fall, with Stefon Harris and ...


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