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Iranian-American bassist, Sam Minaie, was born in Reno, Nevada and started piano lessons at age 8. At age 14, he switched to electric and upright bass and was granted numerous command performances in classical bass performance while beginning to also work professionally in all styles of music around the Reno/Tahoe area. Sam was granted a full scholarship and received a Bachelor of Arts in Classical and Jazz Performance at the University of Nevada, Reno. He then moved to Los Angeles where, under scholarship, he received a Masters of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies at California Institute of the Arts. At CalArts, Sam studied with Charlie Haden and African Ewe master, Alfred Ladzekpo as well as a broad range of other world music masters. While in Los Angeles, Sam quickly made a name for himself as one of the most sought-after bassists on the scene and moved to New York in May of 2009

Still Time to Quit

Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2020
Track listing: That's All You Get; Ready, Steady, Here You Go!; Shockingly Effective; Toasty; Valedictorian Driver; Happy Tired; The Nightmares; Bury Me In Times Square.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chris McCarthy: Still Time to Quit

Read "Still Time to Quit" reviewed by Paul Rauch

From 2017 to 2020, composer and pianist Chris McCarthy charted a path as a noted sideman for such notables as Jerry Bergonzi, Ben Allison and Jason Palmer. He was often seen performing with vibraphonist Sasha Berliner and in duet with vocalist Clotilde Rullaud. In short, he has gained a reputation for imaginative and supportive playing.

ARTICLE: JAZZ JOURNAL

Spring 2020

Read "Spring 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz Journal is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note, spotlighting titles that might otherwise go unnoticed. Jaromír Honzák Hard To Understand Animal Music 2020 The airy warm tones of “Francoise Truffaut" constitute an apt commencement for Czech double bassist Jaromír Honzák ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Is it jazz? Perhaps not in the narrowest sense, but each of the releases below arguably retains enough of a foothold in the tradition to justify that description. Maybe we've finally reached the point where the question no longer matters. In any case, what these artists have in common is a commitment to venturing outward in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Andrew Munsey: High Tide

Read "High Tide" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Known equally for his unconventional timing as well as his audio design and production, drummer/composer/producer Andrew Munsey takes charge of his equally unconventional, decade-long Brooklyn quintet and delivers the assertive and ambitious High Tide. Munsey's nine compositions, alive with sparse grooves and slippery time passages morphing from one odd equation to the next collective ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Stephanie Richards: Take The Neon Lights

Read "Take The Neon Lights" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Trumpeter/composer Steph Richards kicks ass and she wants you to know it from the very first cutting, fluttering evocations of Take The Neon Lights' title tune/opener to the near “Taps"-like silence that closes things out, “All the Years of Our Lives." With a colorful CV of playing alongside such boundary-busting, risk-taking players as David ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gavin Templeton: In Series

Read "In Series" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

Tenerezza e vigore, delicatezza e fermezza sostanziano la natura di In Series. Affrontando sistematicamente l'ascolto dell'album del sassofonista Gavin Templeton affiorano episodi autenticamente ispirati che, pur non prescindendo dai consolidati precetti che normano il jazz moderno, consegnano al fruitore momenti di indubbia raffinatezza musicale. “Karina," ad esempio, ha la sinuosità intrigante di una ballad tradizionale; ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ochion Jewell Quartet: Volk

Read "Volk" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Volk, in tedesco popolo, come tutti sappiamo. Il fatto è che i popoli rappresentati in questo album sono diversi (e nessuno ha a che fare con la Germania): Appalachi per il leader del quartetto, il sassofonista Ochion Jewell, marocchino per il pianista Amino Belyamani, iraniano per il bassista Sam Minaie, pakistano per il batterista Qasim Naqvi, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ochion Jewell Quartet: Volk

Read "Volk" reviewed by Budd Kopman

From the opening notes of its introductory overture, “At the End of the World, Where the Lion Weep" which leads to the improvisatory “Pathos/Logos," Volk feels like an important record with a seriousness of intent, precision of execution combined with emotional depth and breadth. A vast sound scape is opened into which we peer, quickly followed ...


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