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Russell Ferrante

Well known as the keyboardist for the group Yellowjackets, RussellFerrante was born in San Jose, California in 1952,and began studying piano at the age of 9 years old. His early musical experiences revolved around the church where his father was the choir master. His interest in jazz and improvisation was kindled in high school and shortly thereafter he began performing with various R&B and jazz groups in the San Francisco Bay Area. The bay area was an exciting place to be in the early 70’s with musicians freely combining musical styles. This exposure to seemingly every kind of music helped prepare Russell for his professional career which began in 1973

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Label: Blue Canoe Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 06:13

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Tom Kennedy: Stories From Behind and Beyond The Bass

Read "Tom Kennedy: Stories From Behind and Beyond The Bass" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Tom Kennedy has never considered himself a prospector, but surely has tapped into a goldmine. As if releasing a hotshot new record wasn't enough, the world class jazz and fusion bassist is in compositional bliss with a bevy of new material yet to be recorded. Kennedy and I talk at length about his new writing technique ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Russell Ferrante Trio: Inflexion

Read "Inflexion" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Pianist, composer and arranger Russell Ferrante has been on the jazz scene for decades. He has worked with everyone from Lee Ritenour to Joni Mitchell to Al Jarreau to Bobby McFerrin to Eric Marienthal and many more. However, he is best known as a founding member of The Yellowjackets back in 1977, along with Robben Ford ...

Inflexion

Label: Blue Canoe Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Stick-to-it-iveness; Network Mutuality; Inflexion D; Rhythm-a-ning; Ishahan; Inflexion A; Spoons;; I Do; 57 Chevy; How Deep is the Ocean; We Shall Overcome.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jimmy Haslip: Red Heat

Read "Red Heat" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Music is our universal language. A message can be conveyed spiritually to a multitude of cultures and processed at innumerable human levels. Red Heat (originally released in 2000) is a rare and priceless gem that engages the masses with purely relatable emotions and feelings. It targets and strikes your core with purposeful marksmanship. This ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Bailey’s Bundle – Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part IX

Read "Bailey’s Bundle – Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part IX" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Yilian Cañizares and Omar Sosa Aguas Ota Records 2018 Pianist/composer Omar Sosa has established himself as a pioneer at the edge of Cubano-Caribbean music. Sosa teams with violinist/vocalist Yilian Cañizares for a breezy and sensual stroll through 11 original, for lack of a better term, world music compositions that are as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet: Diablo en Brooklyn

Read "Diablo en Brooklyn" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Gabriel Alegría is proud of the first five recordings by his Afro-Peruvian Sextet, but he's more proud of his sixth, Diablo en Brooklyn, than the rest. First, it's his first Sextet release completely recorded in Peru. Second, it reprises in-concert versions of band originals released on previous albums plus a twelve-minute hothouse expedition through the Gershwins' ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble: On the Road

Read "On the Road" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble was indeed On the Road in recent years, performing the first eight of the fourteen numbers on this impressive album at the 2017 Elmhurst College (IL) Jazz Festival, the others at the Montreux and North Sea (Netherlands) Jazz Festivals in 2011. If you are puzzled by the lack of audience ...

Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey

Read "Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Afro-Cuban All Stars Absolutely Live II DM Ahora! Productions 2017 You can find many groups who call themselves “Afro-Cuban All Stars." But few have the pedigree of this ensemble led by vocalist Juan de Marcos, co-architect of the legendary Cuban roots Buena Vista Social Club sessions (1997, Nonesuch/Elektra) ...


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