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Sam Newsome

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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

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Jazz Up Down and Straight Ahead

Label: Swinginback
Released: 2021
Track listing: Back Then True Blood Segment In a New Place Dark Tunnel Bare Bones For Him for Her Switch Up Fort Green Brooklyn Sweet Lorraine Color of Thanks

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News: Crowdfunding Campaign

Support the LINER NOTES indiegogo fundraising campaign

Support the LINER NOTES indiegogo fundraising campaign

As LINER NOTES enters its fourth season in July, I am making an appeal for funding in order to keep it going. I ask you to click here to watch a short video explaining the situation and the motivation for this appeal. I am passionate about LINER NOTES, a podcast that I started in 2018. ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

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. ...

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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.

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Free Wyoming

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

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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

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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

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Article: Year in Review

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 ...

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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 ...


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