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Rufus Reid

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Rufus Reid, one of today's premiere bassists on the international jazz scene, with his reputation firmly established in the education arena, now adds composition to his vitae. Rufus participated in the BMI Jazz Composer's Workshop for five years which has empowered him to move more deeply into the composing arena. He won the Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Award for his composition, "Skies Over Emilia." His composition, "Whims of the Blue Bird" is the result of this award's commission. This has led to further commissions. He has written for string orchestra, jazz ensembles large and small, concert band, double bass ensemble pieces and a solo bass composition. Rufus recorded this trio album after several outings with Steve Allee and Duduka Da Fonseca

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Article: Album Review

Michael Dease: Best Next Thing

Read "Best Next Thing" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Like many other talented musicians, Michael Dease always looks for ways to take his music to the next level. He is continually exploring and looking ahead rather than simply resting on his laurels. Because of this passion and determination, he has earned a reputation as a top session player and as a band leader in his ...

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Article: Rising Stars

Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens

Read "Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine Clay Hudson grew up in a family “surrounded by music, and it rubbed off on me." Henry Spencer remembers that in the second grade at St. Luke's School in the West Village, “every student took drum lessons. I was the only one who stuck with it." ...

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Article: Interview

Bill Stewart: Ain't No Funk In Iowa

Read "Bill Stewart: Ain't No Funk In Iowa" reviewed by Mike Brannon


This article was first published at All About Jazz in May 2002. Upon joining The John Scofield group in the mid '80s it seemed like drummer Bill Stewart just appeared out of nowhere. Of course, Scofield and Stewart did a number of tours and studio dates together while word got around about Stewart's unique ...

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Article: Profile

Johnathan Blake: un batterista ai vertici

Read "Johnathan Blake: un batterista ai vertici" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Accolto tra i lavori migliori dell'anno dalle massime riviste internazionali Homeward Bound, è il quarto disco di Johnathan Blake e il debutto con l'etichetta Blue Note. L'album ha finalmente evidenziato le doti di compositore e leader del 45enne batterista di Philadelphia, figlio del violinista John Blake Jr., noto partner di McCoy Tyner, Archie Shepp, James Newton, ...

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Justin Page and Friends: 20/20 Vision

Label: Temporal Acuity Publishing
Released: 2021

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Kimbrough

Label: Newvelle Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Call; C Minor Waltz; Kudzu; Elegy for P.M.; Falling Waltz; Forsythia; Quickening; Whirl; Wings; Hope; Clara's Room; For Duke (Instrumental); Lullabluebye; For Jimmy G.; November; Adrian's Way; Sadness; Helix; The Breaks; 20 Bars; Ancestors; Kids Stuff; Meantime; Capricorn Lady; Waltz for Lee; 727; Beginning; Southern Lights; Regeneration; A & J; Eventualities; Moonflower; Just Suppose; Reluctance (Quartet); Areas (Trumpet, Piano, Bass); The Spins; Sanibel Island; Fubu; Cascade Rising; Over; Blue Smoke; Air; Affirmation; Quiet as it's Kept; TMI; Time Will Tell; Areas (Piano, Bass, Drums); Noumena; Sloppy Seconds; Reluctance (Solo Piano); Grass Valley; Questions the Answer; Lucent; No Radio; For Carla; Ode; St. Mark's Place; Ca'lina; Hymn; Svengali; For Duke (Vocals).

Article: Profile

Frank Kimbrough: Un Ciclopico Omaggio

Read "Frank Kimbrough: Un Ciclopico Omaggio" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Kimbrough è l'ambizioso e ciclopico progetto discografico dedicato a Frank Kimbrough, il grande pianista e compositore scomparso il 30 dicembre 2020 a 64 anni. Prodotto da Elan Mehler della Newvelle Records, è stato realizzato da 67 musicisti che hanno inciso 61 composizioni di Kimbrough in differenti ensemble, dal piano solo al settetto. Molti dei protagonisti sono ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Rufus Reid and Remembering Dr. Lonnie Smith

Read "Rufus Reid and Remembering Dr. Lonnie Smith" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We begin the 721st Episode of Neon Jazz with the legendary bassist Rufus Reid with the song “Sweet Loraine." The jazz world lost an icon, a master and a friend in Dr. Lonnie Smith and we pay tribute to his life through song and an interview conducted with the show some years back. This hour is ...

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Article: Interview

John Clayton: Career Reflections

Read "John Clayton: Career Reflections" reviewed by Schaen Fox


John Clayton is as interesting to talk to as he is an artist of great talent and experience. The former has allowed him to interact with numerous major figures of his time as well as have long tenures performing with aggregations as diverse as Count Basie's band and the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. The latter gives him ...


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