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Sam Dillon

Sam Dillon is a saxophonist, woodwind player, composer and teacher based in New York. In 2013 Sam was selected as a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition. As a semifinalist, Sam performed at The Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. for Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, Bobby Watson and Jane Ira Bloom. Most notably, Sam has performed at Carnegie Hall, Jazz @ Lincolin Center, Symphony Space, Smoke Jazz Club, The Iridium, Yoshi's Jazz Club, Smalls Jazz Club, The 55 Bar, The Zinc Bar, The Kitano Hotel, Cornelia Street Cafe and live on WBGO 88.3 FM

Kinetic

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Kinetic; The Unveiling Of A Mirror; The Sphinx; Until The Real Thing Comes Along; Word Travels Fast; Wollongong; Nica's Dream; On The Street Where You Live; Midnight Beat; Closure.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The 8-Bit Big Band: Backwards Compatible

Read "Backwards Compatible" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It's about time a big band turned its gaze to and focused its attention on the many memorable songs and melodies spawned by—video games? While it's true these make-believe themes may brook no comparison to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, the Gershwin brothers, Cole Porter or even Neil Diamond, they are at least Backwards Compatible. And ...

Truth

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Hudson; What If; Here’s That Rainy Day; Frost; Red; On a Clear Day; The Last Hour of February; It Could Happen to You.

Solid Moments

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Barreling Through; Silver Bullet; Over The Fence; Snow Child; Event Horizon; Maxwell Street; You And I; The Move; Ashes; Dock's House; Motion; Theme For Kareem.

2 Part Solution

Label: Cellar Live
Released: 2020
Track listing: Two Bass Hit; Love Letters; The Cardiff Giant; Lo Joe; Kids Are Pretty People; Samba de Orfeu; Two Part Solution; 54 Thing; Frame For The Blues.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Frank Basile / Sam Dillon Quintet: 2 Part Solution

Read "2 Part Solution" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If recent albums serve as an accurate guidepost, hard bop is making a broad and most welcome comeback. In the wake of high-octane albums by Adam Shulman, Gary Dudzienski, Cory Weeds (who doubles as producer-in-chief at Cellar Records), Marshal Herridge, the TNEK Jazz Quintet, Jerry Bergonzi, Keith Oxman, John Sneider and others comes 2 Part Solution, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Frank Basile: 2 Part Solution

Read "2 Part Solution" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

One might have expected there would be a plethora of baritone sax / tenor sax recordings following the standout 1959 Verve release Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster. Not so, although the two principals were involved in a follow-up album in 1960 for HiFi Jazz entitled Jimmy Witherspoon With Mulligan and Webster at The Renaissance. The Frank ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Various Artists: Tales Of Wonder: A Jazz Celebration Of Stevie

Read "Tales Of Wonder: A Jazz Celebration Of Stevie" reviewed by Kyle Simpler

There aren't many songwriters who have reached a level of success comparable to Stevie Wonder. He is one of the most important figures in American music, and to celebrate his 70th birthday, Posi-Tone records is releasing Tales of Wonder: A Jazz Celebration of Stevie. This compilation, performed by some of the label's excellent roster of musicians, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Seth Weaver Big Band: Truth

Read "Truth" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Truth, the debut album by New York-based trombonist / vocalist Seth Weaver, has its ups and downs, most of which involve the leader himself. The “ups" enter the picture thanks to Weaver's five far-better-than-average compositions, the “downs" whenever he chooses to sing, as he does on three of eight numbers. Luckily, the pluses far outweigh the ...


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