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Ralph Bowen

Saxophonist Ralph Bowen has made his mark on the New York jazz scene for over three decades, while bringing his "casual perfectionism" to clubs, concert halls, and festivals worldwide. Bowen's discography of over 70 titles includes associations with Orrin Evans, Michel Camilo, Horace Silver, Renee Rosnes, Kenny Garrett, Steve Wilson, Kenny Davis, Michael Mossman, Ralph Peterson Jr., Anthony Branker, and Jared Gold. His seven solo CDs (Movin' On, A Morning View, Soul Proprietor, Keep the Change, Five, Dedicated, Due Reverence, and Power Play) feature a wide variety of top shelf musicians including trumpeters John Swana and Ryan Kisor; pianists Jim Beard and Orrin Evans; Organist Sam Yahel; guitarists Peter Bernstien, Jon Herington, and Adam Rogers; bassists John Patitucci, Anthony Jackson, Charles Fambrough, Reuben Rogers, and Kenny Davis; and drummers Ben Perowski, Bill Stewart, Brian Blade, Antonio Sanchez, Gregory Hutchinson, Donald Edwards, and Dana Hall.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

John Swana: Philly Gumbo

Read "John Swana: Philly Gumbo" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in June 2000. In addition to being one of the finest contemporary jazz trumpet players, John Swana is a human being who is spontaneously authentic and refuses to play a false role. Having reached the ripe old age of 38, John has ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bill O'Connell and The Afro Caribbean Ensemble: Wind Off The Hudson

Read "Wind Off The Hudson" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bill O'Connell has had plenty to say with his piano in recent times, basically knocking out a session a year for the Savant imprint. And with an exploration within the solo format, a trip with an augmented trio, and ventures promoting a medium-sized conglomerate of heavy-hitters, he's certainly traversed quite an expanse there. But, as Wind ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michel Camilo: Essence

Read "Essence" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In numerology, the number 25 is connected to wisdom and an air of curiosity. Both traits, not surprisingly, speak directly to this pianist at the moment he delivers a dynamic big band album--his 25th release to date--a full quarter century after his first leader effort to explore this format. Essence's playlist spans decades, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Matt Davis: Big Family, Big Picture

Read "Matt Davis: Big Family, Big Picture" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If there's a defining trait to be found in the value system guiding guitarist Matt Davis and his music, it's most definitely a healthy respect and admiration for kith and kin. A love of community and belonging drives nearly every aspect of this artist's life, including his flagship ensemble, Matt Davis' Aerial Photograph, and it speaks ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Dease: Reaching Out

Read "Reaching Out" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Somebody has to be the keeper of the flame, right? In jazz, an art form that has only recently passed the century mark, that responsibility has seemed to diminish in importance. It's not that music schools aren't churning out graduates versed in the traditional repertory, and post-modern players aren't constantly pushing the envelope of possibilities. It's ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jim Ridl: Opening Doors in the Big Apple

Read "Jim Ridl: Opening Doors in the Big Apple" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Something fresh and vital is in the air when a truly creative musician is about to release a new album. Jim Ridl's Door in a Field: Volume II: Songs of the Green River, an independent release, is full of surprises and rich in musical ideas. The album is set to be released in early Fall, and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Anthony Branker & Imagine: Beauty Within

Read "Beauty Within" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The “Rising Star" status isn't confined to fresh music school graduates. Dr. Anthony Branker, Educator--who, for twenty-seven years, was engaged in a big way with Princeton University's jazz program--has achieved a recent “rising star" tag as a composer. This after releasing seven top notch CDs for Origin Records, including the masterful Uppity (2013). “Composer/Musical ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jae Sinnett: Zero To 60

Read "Zero To 60" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The title of this record is something of a double entendre, referencing both the arrival of a milestone birthday for drummer-composer Jae Sinnett and the specific decade that helped influence his outlook on music, art, and life in general. But don't let that information fool you. This isn't some nostalgia-filled date with flower power filigree. This ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Bob DeVos Quartet at the 12th Annual OSPAC Jazz and Brew Fest

Read "Bob DeVos Quartet at the 12th Annual OSPAC Jazz and Brew Fest" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Bob DeVos Quartet Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center 12h Annual Jazz and Brew Fest West Orange, NJ September 19, 2015 A loud, protracted rumble, not unlike the sound of aircraft hovering overhead, briefly marred the second selection of a set by guitarist Bob DeVos' Quartet. It took a minute ...


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