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Sam Newsome

Samuel Augustus Newsome was born on April 28, 1965 in Salibury, MD. He is the youngest of three boys. He began playing music at 12 years old when his family relocated to Hampton, VA. By the time he was 15 years old he began playing professionally around town with local R & B bands along with his high school classmate bassist James Genus. It was during high school that he became serious about studying jazz and began taking lessons after school with saxophonist Steve Wilson. It was Steve who introduced him to recordings of jazz legends such as Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Sonny Rollins. In 1983, after graduating high school, Sam received the Kool Jazz Festival scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass

Solo Recordings for Non-Traditionalists

Read "Solo Recordings for Non-Traditionalists" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On January 24, 1975, a Bösendorfer 290 Imperial concert grand piano was to be wheeled onto the stage of the Cologne Opera House. Instead, a rehearsal piano, smaller, beaten-up, and out of tune, was the only instrument available to then twenty-nine-year-old piano prodigy Keith Jarrett. The pianist was not in much better shape than the piano. ...

Chaos Theory

Label: Autoprodotto
Released: 2020
Track listing: Chaos Theory No. 1; Tel Aviv; Sonic Polarity; Marching Towards; Chaos Theory No. 2; Urban Location; Boiler Room Aesthetics; Solo No. 1; Seven Points Of Reference; Chaos Theory No. 3; Bubble Mute Boogie; Solo No. 2; Solo No. 3; Chaos Theory No. 4; Solo No. 4.

Sonic Journey: Live at the Red Room (Solo Concert)

Label: self-release
Released: 2020
Track listing: (1) Sonic Journey, No. 1: Monster Talk (2) Giant Steps (3) Sonic Journey, No. 2: Peace and War (4) Sonic Journey, No. 3: Amazon Nuances (5) Misteriso (6) Sonic Journey, No. 4: The Echo of Wood (7) Monk's Dream (8) Sonic Journey, No. 5: Low Frequencies

Subspace Interception: Live at the Women from Space Festival

Label: Self-produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: (1) Subspace Interception (2) Subspace Geometry (3) Subspace Malfunction

Free Wyoming

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Big Horn; Owl Creek; Black Hills; Wind River.

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John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020

Read "John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020" reviewed by John Pietaro

It would be a fool's errand in a covid-damaged society to attempt a peaceably gathered year's end “Best of" list, in jazz or any other genre or medium. But artists of jazz and all avant gardes have been especially susceptible to the considerable financial ebbing and health concerns of this period. Discussing this concept with my ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

SN Trio: Free Wyoming

Read "Free Wyoming" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

There is a lot of movie going on: The night boatman at the moors, fifty foot ants, a crisis in chaos, gulls, babies, dark climes, eccentric mimes . . . Whatever you can fancy while listening to the unruly codes of saxophonist Sam Newsome and his equally idiosyncratic, first-time rhythm section of bassist Matt Smiley and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Something Else! Festival 2019

Read "Something Else! Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Something Else! St. John the Evangelist Church Hamilton, Ontario June 20-23, 2019 I must confess that I spend very little time in churches, so I would not normally be inclined to spend the first weekend of summer in one. But sometimes exceptions must be made, and such an exception ...

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OGJB Quartet & The Last Poets

Read "OGJB Quartet & The Last Poets" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's no way to use geographical borders to define this music called jazz. For instance, the Freequestra from Slovenia: led by acclaimed guitarist Samo Salamon— the ensemble wends its way with power and emotion through Salamon's new Free Sessions Vol.2, a rollicking excursion through the avant-garde. Or in the case of OGJB, a quartet of four ...


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