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“A prime mover in the current Brooklyn jazz scene” (Time Out-New York) and "one of New York’s great jazz drummers and composers.” (Capital New York), Rob Garcia continues to be a strong presence in the New York and international jazz scene as a sideman and bandleader. He has collaborated with such stellar artists as Joe Lovano, Sheila Jordan, Dave Liebman, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Myra Melford, Joseph Jarman, Catherine Russell, Kris Davis, John Bunch, Anat Cohen, Vince Giordano, Reggie Workman and Wycliffe Gordon. He has played on over 70 albums including Grammy winners. Rob has released 8 critically acclaimed albums as a bandleader and 5 as a co-leader which feature such artists as Joe Lovano, Noah Preminger, Kate McGarry, Dan Tepfer, John O’Gallagher, Gary Versace, Joe Martin, John Hebert, Dave Kikoski and Mike Formanek

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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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Illumination

Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2020

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Article: Album Review

The Doggy Cats: Daikon Pizza

Read "Daikon Pizza" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Daikon Pizza from pianist Tetsuro Hoshi and The Doggy Cats may never be anyone's idea of essential listening or on anyone's best-of list of desert island must-haves. It might not even sell north, south, east or west of Sunny's Bar, the band's main performance space, in Red Hook, Brooklyn. For jazz-phobic pet lovers and ...

Article: Album Review

Noah Preminger Rob Garcia Dead Composers Club: Chopin Project

Read "Chopin Project" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Quartetto a doppia firma, questo “club dei compositori morti," con Noah Preminger che ribadisce la sua predilezione per l'organico a quattro, ma agisce qui con una chitarra al posto della tromba (Jason Palmer), confermando peraltro al contrabbasso Kim Cass. Del resto il gruppo, come detto, non è solo suo, con Rob Garcia che—a voler completare il ...

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Drum Solos For Dancers Only

Label: Connection Works Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Savoy Steps; Balboa Cavern; Bay Sea Plank; For Hoppers Only; Wide Road; Americana Thrill; Honey Soft Shoe; Swing In The Corner; Cowbell Boogie; Railway Shuffle Blues; Nothing Can Be Done; Benny's Beat; Elastic Boogie.

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Article: Album Review

Rob Garcia: Drum Solos For Dancers Only

Read "Drum Solos For Dancers Only" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


There's more than enough artistry, craftsmanship and ingenuity in Rob Garcia's Drum Solos For Dancers Only to please the sedentary jazz aficionado. Although the thirteen tracks are intended to spur bodies in motion, his drumming merits scrutiny on purely musical terms. For the most part Garcia executes swinging rhythms much like the ones that drove the ...

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Article: Year in Review

Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2018

Read "Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Despite (or in defiant response to) the difficulties of the streaming age, 2018 has seen another musical bumper crop--especially for those of us who particularly love the sound of the piano. There were enough top-notch offerings to make a list at least twice as long, but these have been the most frequent and satisfying staples in ...

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Article: Interview

Phillip Johnston: Back From Down Under

Read "Phillip Johnston: Back From Down Under" reviewed by Ken Dryden


IntroductionPhillip Johnston is best known to many jazz fans as co-founder of The Microscopic Septet, though the saxophonist and composer has led many groups of his own and co-led others, including Big Trouble, The Transparent Quartet, Fast 'N' Bulbous and The Spokes. In addition, Johnston has composed and performed numerous soundtracks for both silent and modern ...

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Article: Album Review

Andy Biskin: Songs from the Alan Lomax Collection

Read "Songs from the Alan Lomax Collection" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Alan Lomax's (1915-2002) field recordings and research heightened our awareness of folk music, i.e. Americana. He reintroduced many of us to our cultural origins where other musical genres received their humble beginnings. Shortly after graduating college, clarinetist, composer Andy Biskin was Lomax's research assistant. And here, the artist revisits the aura of Lomax's lifelong plight and ...


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