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Rodney Green

Some people seek out a career in music, and some just cannot escape it. As an only child growing up in Philadelphia, gospel music and musical instruments surrounded Rodney Green at home and in church, where he spent most of his time. His father was a preacher and organist, and his mother sang in church. Rodney was drawn to the drum kit, and by age three, would climb on the kit play whenever possible. By his early teens, Green was playing drums in church, but outside he was being exposed to other kinds of music like jazz. His older cousin, also a musician, introduced Rodney to jazz, funk, and soul music, and (along with his high school band teacher) started him listening records like, “A Love Supreme,” “Transition,” and “Four More”

Album

Sofijazz

Label: Archival Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Superhero 2. Te Gosto 3. Lies of Handsome Men 4. Happy Talk 5. You're Everything 6. Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most 7. Criticize 8. Outside 9. Batida Diferente 10. Clover 11. Bluez 12. Kisa Pada 13. Sejdefu

Album

West Meets East

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Nickel and Dimed; Manne-Splainin’; Lean and Mean; Mingus Dreams of Billy Strayhorn; Whose Blues; Jack’s Basket; Heart of Winter; Central Avenue Rundown.

Album

Are You Ready?

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Are You Ready?; Blurring the Blues; Dancing in the Sorrow; Dark and Light; Streams in the Desert; Trust; Oh, New York; Letter to a Little Girl.

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Article: Album Review

Jihee Heo: Are You Ready?

Read "Are You Ready?" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Since arriving in New York from Incheon, South Korea, via studies in Amsterdam, pianist/composer Jihee Heo has made a name for herself through a broad spectrum on the jazz scene in Gotham. Heo's debut album, Passion (Heonah Music, 2015), featured strong compositions and arrangements for large ensemble, with experimental elements sprinkled in the mix. With her ...

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Are You Ready?

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 3:28

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Article: Album Review

Adam Shulman Septet: West Meets East

Read "West Meets East" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The “west" here is represented by San Francisco-based pianist and group leader Adam Shulman, the “east" by the other half-dozen members of Shulman's impressive septet. Even though the reasons that led to the alliance are ambiguous, what matters is the payoff, and that is more than admirable from any vantage point. As if ...

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Article: Live Review

Eric Alexander, Steve Davis, John Swana and the Philly All-Stars: Chris’ Jazz Cafe

Read "Eric Alexander, Steve Davis, John Swana and the Philly All-Stars: Chris’ Jazz Cafe" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Eric Alexander, Steve Davis, John Swana and the Philly All-Stars Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA February 22, 2020 This first set on the second night of a two night stand with a packed house featured three superb and well-known hard bop masters backed by a local rhythm section ...

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Article: Interview

Mette Juul: Finding the Musical Sanctuary of Change

Read "Mette Juul: Finding the Musical Sanctuary of Change" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Since she released her debut Coming in from the Dark in 2010, Danish jazz singer and songwriter, Mette Juul, has been on a path of discovery that has seen her in collaborations with many prominent musicians, including drummers Alex Riel and Rodney Green, bassist Jesper Lundgaard and trailblazing trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. Her latest albums Change (2019) ...

Article: Album Review

Erin McDougald: Outside the Soiree

Read "Outside the Soiree" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Grazie a una pubblica sovvenzione sul web, la cantante Erin McDougald è riuscita a pubblicare il quarto album, certamente il più brillante e rappresentativo della sua carriera. L'aveva inciso nel 2010 accompagnata da una formazione stellare comprendente Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman e Rodney Green. Ogni volta che era in grado di produrre il lavoro ...


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