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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”

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.

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Ten on Cellar Live

Read "Ten on Cellar Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

That crafty Canadian Cory Weeds was onto something with the creation of his Cellar Live and now Cellar Music label. He reveals himself as a man for all seasons in being a confident saxophonist, music historian, and archivist with his new label Reel to Real (in cooperation with that maestro of the catalog, Zev Feldman. With ...

Ten Artists: April 2019

Read "Ten Artists: April 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Claudia Vorbach Is There a Time? Phoneector 2018 Claudia Vorbach follows up Come Down Easy (Phoneector, 2016) with these 14 smart original compositions infused with the swagger of a confident composer/singer. At first blush, Vorbach sounds like a relaxed Nora Jones, playfully whimsical and vocally daring. Vorbach sings with an assured ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Andrés Vial: Sphereology Volume One

Read "Sphereology Volume One" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Pianist Andres Vial has been working on this Sphereology project since 2005, when he organized a Thelonious Monk music festival in his Montreal hometown. “My band played four nights of Monk's music there," he recalls. “I transcribed about fifty of his tunes for those gigs, and the festival ran for four years." “Even though ...


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