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Live at Room at the Top

Label: Reel To Real
Released: 2022
Track listing: Three And One; Civilization and its Discontents; Patrice; Oleo;'Tis

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Pepper Adams: Live at Room at the Top

Read "Live at Room at the Top" reviewed by Edward Blanco


The late, great baritone saxophonist Park Frederick “Pepper" Adams III may be gone but he is certainly not forgotten, as Live at Room at the Top reveals in a spellbinding and blistering engagement documented but not released until now. Recorded at the University of Alberta Student Union at the Top, in September 1972, Adams and the ...

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Pepper Adams: Live at Room at the Top

Read "Live at Room at the Top" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Recorded live in Alberta, Canada, in late September, 1972, Live at Room at the Top hits a top spot. Brought to light by intrepid saxophonist Cory Weeds and his archival Reel to Reel label (part of his Cellar Music Group) Pepper powers his way to the front of the bandstand poised, muscular and insistent with a ...

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Pepper Adams and the Tommy Banks Trio: Live at Room at the Top

Read "Live at Room at the Top" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


In a foreword by Jim Merod to Gary Carner's biography of Pepper Adams “Reflectory: The Life and Music of Pepper Adams," he describes Adams as follows: “Pepper was essentially alone in his magnificent command of his big horn's imposing challenges. He set a standard for its lyric power and boisterous allure." In ...

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Understanding

Label: Reel To Real
Released: 2021
Track listing: Disc One: Side A: Prelude to Understanding; Side B: Understanding.
Disc Two: Side C: Billie's Bounce; Side D: Zoltan.
Disc Three: Side E: Taurus Woman; Side F: Taurus Woman (Continuation); The Theme.

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Westward Bound!

Label: Reel to Real
Released: 2021
Track listing: Vendetta; Beepdurple; Happily Dancing/ Deep Harmonies Falling; My Romance; Triplin' The Groove; Autumn Leaves; Who Can I Turn To?; Beau-TY; Blue N' Boogie.

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Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's 2021 Sonic Delights

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's 2021 Sonic Delights" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Jazz is not a competitive sport and “Best Ofs" are misnomers. End of the year listicles have no bearing on the artistic standing of the albums they include, or on those they neglect, just like a five star review doesn't make the album it graces any better than it already is. But, apparently, humans ...

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Roy Brooks: Understanding

Read "Understanding" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Il doppio compact di Roy Brooks pubblicato da qualche giorno (anche in lussuoso triplo vinile e in versione digitale) non è solo un tributo a uno dei massimi batteristi dei decenni sessanta/ottanta. Registrato il 1° novembre 1970 a Baltimora, presenta uno dei concerti più esaltanti del jazz contemporaneo, un hard bop intriso d'avanguardia—in particolare John Coltrane—che ...

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Harold Land: Westward Bound!

Read "Westward Bound!" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes


One can't help but wonder how large the stage may have been for tenor saxophonist Harold Land had he not tethered himself to the west coast for the majority of his career. In 1954 Land moved from Santa Monica to Los Angeles and quickly earned himself a place in the immensely popular Clifford Brown/Max ...

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Roy Brooks: Understanding

Read "Understanding" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Roy Brooks was a preeminent hard-bop drummer who early on participated in seminal recording dates led by Horace Silver, Yusef Lateef and Sonny Stitt. In this release entitled Understanding, produced by Cory Weeds and Zev Feldman for Reel To Real Records, Brooks is documented live by The Left Bank Jazz Society at The Famous Ballroom in ...


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