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Seamus Blake

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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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Conrad Herwig: A Voice Through the Door

Read "Conrad Herwig: A Voice Through the Door" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


In the challenging economic and political climate of present day, it seems that much time is spent on matters of only fleeting importance. Furthermore, it seems that our culture has experienced a paradigm shift that places more emphasis on immediacy and instant fulfillment and less on rumination and appreciation of more profound matters. On the one ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Conrad Herwig: Obligation

Read "Conrad Herwig: Obligation" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Jazz fans tend to be fanatical about those artists that most directly speak to their own musical tastes. Over time, a sense of familiarity with the musical personalities of their iconic favorites becomes entrenched, followed by categorization based on style and genre. Those already familiar with Conrad Herwig's musical endeavors over the past 20 years are ...

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Peter Beets: New York Trio Page Two

Read "Peter Beets: New York Trio Page Two" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


In its relatively short history, American jazz music has established a language that while having some ties to the European tradition is more fully rooted in the rhythms and folk melodies of the African slaves. What is even more significant is the profound impact that the music and musicians have had in breaking social boundaries such ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Seamus Blake: Bellwether

Read "Seamus Blake: Bellwether" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


The music speaks for itself. This timeworn axiom has often served as a suggestion that there's an intangible aspect to music's universal language that is somehow beyond mere words. In some cases this may be true, but on the other hand, this outlook has occasionally in the past served as a viable excuse for justifying music ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Opus 5: Introducing Opus 5

Read "Opus 5: Introducing Opus 5" reviewed by Josef Woodard


The Evident Charms and Secret Powers of Five For all the myriad varieties and contextual possibilities under the rubric of what makes for a valid jazz group, there is something distinctively powerful and tradition-enriched about the number five. Smaller groups tighten up the focus on individual voices involved, and often frame a specified protagonist leader, while ...

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Roots

Label: Prophone Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Visions; Who Are You?; Devil May Care; Fly Away; Always And Forever; The Jody Grind; Waltz For Debby / Monicas Vals; The Meaning Of The Blues; What Now?; Nature Boy; Better Days Ahead; Jej Portret (Her Portrait)

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ARCeology: The Music of MSM Schmidt

Label: Blue Canoe Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Red and Gold; Swing; Quartet; Qin Shi; Si Kitu; Mirrors; Clark Kent; Falling,

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The Extra Something

Label: CAM Jazz
Released: 2022
Track listing: Blue Afternoon; The Extra Something; Atoms; The Real You; Entropy; Song For Kenny; Five Plus Five

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Misha's Wishes

Label: Criss Cross
Released: 2022
Track listing: Fire Horse; Strike Up the Band; Misha's Wishes; There Was A Birch Tree In the Field, So What; Lost in Her Eyes; Just A Scale; Give Me Five; Hope and Despair; Comrade Conrad; Are You With Me.


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