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Perhaps the most recorded bassist of his generation, Peter Washington has also played an integral part in two of the most important and highly praised jazz trios of the last 20 years, in addition to a "who's who" roster of jazz artists. Born in Los Angeles, California, in 1964, Washington attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in English Literature and played in both the UC Symphony and the San Francisco Youth Symphony. In 1986, while performing in San Francisco with alto saxophonist John Handy, he was asked by Art Blakey to move to New York and join the seminal Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Washington remained with the Jazz Messengers from 1986 to 1989, and during this time was able to establish himself as a ubiquitous, first- call freelance bassist; a position he has occupied to this day. In the early 1990's Washington joined the Tommy Flanagan Trio , called by many "the greatest trio in jazz", and remained until Flanagan's death, in 2002


X-Man in New York

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: I Could Write a Book; Book’s Bossa; The Good Life; Advance Notice; Midnight Waltz; A Night in Verona; The Nearness of You; Tune Up; Blues for JF.


For All We Know

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: For All We Know; Naima; Blackberry Winter; Parker's Mood; Willow Weep For Me; My Funny Valentine; You Go To My Head.


Article: Liner Notes

Reeds and Deeds: Cookin'

Read "Reeds and Deeds: Cookin'" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Chances are that if you're reading these notes right now you're more than a bit familiar with the talents of tenor saxophonists Eric Alexander and Grant Stewart and might even have picked up Wailin' (Criss 1258), their first effort together leading a quintet billed as Reeds and Deeds. As such, it would probably be redundant to ...


Article: Liner Notes

One For All: Blueslike

Read "One For All: Blueslike" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

As the timeworn adage goes, sometimes the best things come from situations where one is asked to function in less than ideal circumstances. When you have little time to analyze things and go with pure instincts, there's an air of veracity and spontaneity to the results that is seldom arrived at by any other means. Although ...


Article: Liner Notes

One For All: Live at Smoke Vol.1

Read "One For All: Live at Smoke Vol.1" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Aside from the musical fireworks that make the enclosed sides noteworthy, there are additional factors that mark Live at Smoke as a major event. For one thing, this “on location" recording is one of the rare live dates to grace the Criss Cross catalog. Furthermore, it serves as a perfect summation up to this point of ...


Article: Album Review

Jim Snidero: For All We Know

Read "For All We Know" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The cover photo on Jim Snidero's For All We Know features the saxophonist holding his horn out in front of his body as if he is offering it to us as a holy relic. Holy it is when he plays it; a relic it is not. The album is Snidero's first recorded offering in ...


Article: Album Review

Xaver Hellmeier: X-Man in New York

Read "X-Man in New York" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Drummer Xaver (X-Man) Hellmeier has been little known to date outside his native Germany and other European countries. One way to help redress that oversight is to surround oneself with some of the most well-respected and talented musicians on the New York scene, which is what Hellmeir has done on his superb debut album, X-Man in ...


Article: Album Review

Francesco Patti, Andrea Domenici, Giuseppe Cucchiara, Andrea Niccolai: A Sound in Common

Read "A Sound in Common" reviewed by Neil Duggan

Album titles can sometimes be mystifying, enigmatic, strange, or in this case, perfectly apt. A Sound In Common links four Italian musicians who share a passion for composing and playing their own brand of swinging contemporary jazz, springing from roots firmly planted in grounded post-bop language. This album, featuring mainly original tunes, is their ...


Article: Live Review

Umbria Jazz Winter 30

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter 30" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz Winter 2023 Orvieto Varie sedi 28.12.2023--1.11.2024 Umbria Jazz Winter, tutto concentrato nel centro storico di Orvieto, è un festival a misura d'uomo. Prestigiose le sue sedi, tutte raggiungibili a piedi in trasferimenti di pochi minuti: il Teatro Mancinelli, prezioso teatro all'italiana della seconda metà dell'Ottocento, il maestoso Palazzo del ...


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