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Seamus Blake

New York based tenor saxophonist/composer Seamus Blake is recognized as one of the finest and most creative young players in jazz. John Scofield , who hired him for his “Quiet Band,” calls him “extraordinary, a total saxophonist.” In February 2002, he took first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in Washington D.C. As the winner, he performed with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. Seamus Blake was born in England and raised in Vancouver, Canada. At age 21, while still a student at Boston's prestigious Berklee College, he was asked to record with legendary drummer Victor Lewis

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First, Ohm’s Law (musically)

Read "First, Ohm’s Law (musically)" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Starting out, a 'physics lesson' courtesy of Seamus Blake, Hank Mobley & Tain! We revive our R&B compare and contrast feature with Ivory Joe Hunter versus Jimmy Smith. Centennials? Of course: Bird and Dave Brubeck (solo)! Along the way, John Patitucci, Bud Powell, Gregory Agid and Anat Cohen, as well as our continuing chronological celebration of ...

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Whirlwind Recordings: Celebrating 10 years

Read "Whirlwind Recordings: Celebrating 10 years" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

This year London-based label Whirlwind Recordings is celebrating its 10th anniversary and looking back at a decade, during the course of which the label has grown to become an important brand in the jazz scene and beyond, with over 140 top-tier albums released under its name so far. The distinguished mark, which Whirlwind has established over ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

AuB: AuB

Read "AuB" reviewed by Chris May

Twin-tenor frontlines are almost as old as jazz itself. Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane's meeting on the title track of Rollins' Tenor Madness (Prestige, 1956) may be the starting point for some listeners, but AAJers do not need reminding that the tradition was popular in live performances as far back the 1920s. Later, with the arrival ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The New York All-Stars: Live Encounter

Read "Live Encounter" reviewed by Chris May

Some things live forever and take-no-quarter hard bop is one of them... If you time travelled back to jny: New York City circa 1958 and wandered into the Half Note or Five Spot, Live Encounter contains the sort of music you might have heard. Tough, emotionally-rich jazz with no-fuss head arrangements, extrovert horn solos and a ...

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Kevin Brady

“Brady is worth keeping an eye on” Downbeat U.S. “Brady is an impressive drummer with strong chops, impeccable taste, creative & most notably, terrific tone” All About Jazz U.S. Kevin Brady is a professional musician from Dublin, Ireland with over twenty years experience performing and recording both nationally and Internationally. He started his musical studies from an early age performing on both piano and trumpet. His interest in drumkit studies began at The Newpark Music Centre in Dublin and he later attended the Drummers Collective in New York, were his teachers included Kim Plainfield, Bobby Sanabrias and Gene Jackson

Guardians Of The Heart Machine

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2019
Track listing: Guardians Of The Heart Machine; Vaporbabe; Sneaky D; I’m Okay; Lanota; Wandering Aengus; Betty In Rio; Blues For The Real Human Beings; The Blasted Heath.

Live Encounter

Label: Ubuntu Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Encounter; Naima; Incazzato; Still; Second Impressions; Heartaches; Eddie Harris.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Various Artists: Newvelle Muri

Read "Newvelle Muri" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Swiss drummer/percussionist and composer, Stephan Diethelm lived in Zimbabwe for several years and was musically influenced by the African rhythms he heard. He had appeared on four albums when he launched the Muri Series, an ongoing succession of concerts that began in 2002, sometimes called Musig im Pflegidach. Pflegidach is a monastery that dates to the ...

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Out To Dinner?

Read "Out To Dinner?" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Featured this time around is a great new album from “supergroup" Out to Dinner featuring Behn Gillece, Michael Dease. Tim Green, Boris Kozlov and Rudy Royston. Also featured a great meeting between Terkel Nørgaard and Ralph Alessi plus a selection of other excellent new music including a preview of the long awaited release of Miles Davis ...


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