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Sean Smith Bassist and Composer Artist Biography Bassist Sean Smith has been an integral part of the international jazz scene for more than 20 years. He has appeared in many of the major jazz festivals, concert halls, and clubs all over the world. Sean has performed with Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Clark Terry, Johnny Griffin, Lee Konitz, Art Farmer, Tom Harrell, Jacky Terrasson, Bill Charlap, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Mark Murphy, Jimmy Scott, Andy Bey, and many others. Sean is also a prolific composer whose works have been played and recorded by such artists as Phil Woods, Mark Murphy, Bill Charlap, Gene Bertoncini, Leon Parker, and Bill Mays

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Article: The Jazz Life

Some Kind Of Normal—The new, East Coast Jazz Festival

Read "Some Kind Of Normal—The new, East Coast Jazz Festival" reviewed by Peter Rubie


Todd Barkan is a Jazz Club owner, which is a bit like saying Sonny Rollins is a saxophonist. It doesn't really tell you very much unless you already know about them. But it's a start. After a year of the plague (Covid-19 in case you're in doubt), being a club owner is not unlike being a ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

Ten on Cellar Live

Read "Ten on Cellar Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


That crafty Canadian Cory Weeds was onto something with the creation of his Cellar Live and now Cellar Music label. He reveals himself as a man for all seasons in being a confident saxophonist, music historian, and archivist with his new label Reel to Real (in cooperation with that maestro of the catalog, Zev Feldman. With ...

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Humanity

Label: Cellar Live Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: A Good Thing; Song for a New Day; Irving; End of the Line; Humanity; Samba for Evandrea; A Whole New You; Tears; Jobimiola; Spring Standard.

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Article: Album Review

The Humanity Quartet: Humanity

Read "Humanity" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger


This release is from four veteran, first-call jazz instrumentalists who are all concerned about the worldwide loss of humanity (hence, the title of both the quartet and the CD), and wanted to demonstrate what can happen when grown-ups truly connect. As co-producer, bassist, and composer Sean Smith explains in his articulate and passionate liners, ..."the Humanity ...

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Article: Album Review

The Humanity Quartet: Humanity

Read "Humanity" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Music with a message? With a name like the Humanity Quartet and a CD titled Humanity, one might certainly presume no less. Music designed to help save the world from itself? Well, that's an exceedingly tall order. The Humanity Quartet, bassist Sean Smith writes, was indeed created with such a lofty goal in mind, “recognizing the ...

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Article: Live Review

Kurt Elling With The Keith Ganz Trio at Jazz Standard

Read "Kurt Elling With The Keith Ganz Trio at Jazz Standard" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Kurt Elling With The Keith Ganz Trio Jazz Standard New York, NY July 31, 2016 If there's any genre of music that's truly built on the idea of spur-of-the-moment change, it's jazz. And so, in that very spirit, we had this performance. The audience that came down to hear ...

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Article: Live From New York

Darius Jones, Mara Rosenbloom, Christian McBride, Tom Harrell & Leon Parker

Read "Darius Jones, Mara Rosenbloom, Christian McBride, Tom Harrell & Leon Parker" reviewed by Martin Longley


The Darius Jones Quintet/The Mara Rosenbloom Trio Ibeam June 13, 2016 This appealing double bill made a Monday night visit to Ibeam a certainty, even if only for a select-sized audience. This musician-orientated room in the Gowanus part of Brooklyn is completely dedicated to the activity of performance, without a ...

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Article: Interview

Bill Kirchner: Finding Music's Intimacy

Read "Bill Kirchner: Finding Music's Intimacy" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


The extremely accomplished Bill Kirchner--composer, arranger, saxophonist, writer, editor, teacher--enjoys a career anyone would be proud of. He's played with important musicians, led outstanding groups and had his arrangements played by top-shelf musicians and bands. In 1996, he won a Grammy for Best Album Notes for the revered Columbia/Mosaic re-issue Miles Davis and Gil Evans: The ...

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Article: Album Review

Art Lillard's Heavenly Band: Reasons to Be Thankful

Read "Reasons to Be Thankful" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Although drummer Art Lillard's Heavenly Band makes its home about as far from heaven as one could plausibly roam--New York City, to be precise--the music it produces on Reasons to Be Thankful (recorded in 2000 and released six years later) evokes at times an empyrean vibe, thanks in part to blissful arrangements by Lillard and guitarist ...


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