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Shawn Baltazor

Drummer/ Composer Shawn Baltazor is a strong new voice amongst a thriving eclectic scene of performers and composers. He attended the renowned Jazz studies program at William Paterson University where he was featured in performance with Wynton Marsalis, Clark Terry, Joe Lovano, Kenny Garrett and Slide Hampton. After graduating with a B.M. Summa Cum Laude from WPU, Baltazor settled in New York City, to actively pursue his musical career. He has studied with numerous notable musicians, including Peter Jarvis, Kevin Norton, Kenny Washington, Bill Goodwin, and Dan Weiss. Baltazor has performed internationally at the Festival International des Musiques Noires d’Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire, the Jazzablanca Festival in Morocco and the Risonanze Festival at the Teatro Fondamenta Nuove in Venice, Italy

Zoo

Label: Rainy Days Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Zoo; Happy Hippo; Post-Wild; New Anthill; Dragonfliesis; The Death of the Last Dinosaur.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Ted Chubb Band at Trumpets Jazz Club

Read "Ted Chubb Band at Trumpets Jazz Club" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Ted Chubb Band Trumpets Jazz Club Montclair, NJ June 21, 2018 The other night I went to Trumpets Jazz Club to check out the Ted Chubb Band without any preconceptions as to what I was about to hear. I was nonetheless interested in answers to some basic questions. Knowing nothing about ...

Lionsong

Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: We've Been Expecting You; Folklore; Pathways; Nostalgia; Chance; With Each Breath; Momentum; A Beautiful Wind; Danse; Adrift; Fantasia; King of Kings.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John Yao Quintet: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

As human beings we tend to take the very notion of presence for granted, be it the presence of a loved one in our lives, the presence manufactured by our own actions as we present ourselves to the world, or the presence of all that comes and goes in our daily existence. For some reason these ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Shawn Baltazor: Lionsong

Read "Lionsong" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

It's difficult to resist the temptation to praise Shawn Baltazor's startling, diverse, incisive, multifaceted drumming at the expense of his equally impressive abilities as a composer and bandleader. Baltazor is one of the legions of young, gifted New York City area artists whose catholic tastes in music are transformed into idiosyncratic, open-ended methodologies, which ultimately engender ...

Lionsong

Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: We've Been Expecting You; Folklore; Pathways; Nostalgia; Chance; With Each Breath; Momentum; A Beautiful Wind; Danse; Adrift; Fantasia; King Of Kings.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Shawn Baltazor: Lionsong

Read "Lionsong" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Never judge an album by its title. That parallel to the book-and-cover adage is worth remembering, as you can never truly know what sits beyond a name or an idea until you give something a listen. Take Lionsong, for example. The roar and thunder that one might associate with the most majestic of wildcats is a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ergo: As subtle as tomorrow

Read "As subtle as tomorrow" reviewed by Vic Albani

Ritengo la Cuneiform una delle migliori e intelligenti etichette musicali esistenti poiché, lavorando su territori spesso assai diversi fra loro, riesce regolarmente a evidenziare new forms e ricerche di spessore in molti lavori di artisti celebrati o meno. È il caso di questi Ergo (che hanno anche un sito che si chiama “ergo ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Walking Distance: Neighborhood

Read "Neighborhood" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If any group can turn the concept of ebb and flow into a fully realized art form, it's Walking Distance. This New York-based foursome thrives on architectural schemes connected to the expansion and contraction of musical materials, presenting sounds that can appear disjointed, yet demonstrating congruence in their expression(s) all the while. Different players push and ...


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