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Steve Berrios

Steve Berrios is considered by his peers to be one of the top Latin Jazz drummers on the scene. He has recorded and toured with Max Roach and M'Boom, Mongo Santamaria, Randy Weston, Tito Puente, Paquito D'Rivera, Michael Brecker, Grover Washington Jr., Ray Barretto, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Hilton Ruiz, Leon Thomas, Miriam Makeba, Celia Cruz, Nancy Wilson and Kathleen Battle just to name a few. Steve has appeared and participated in film soundtracks such as, "Crimes and Misdemeanors", "Mo' Better Blues", "Jungle Fever", Latin Rhytyms Applied to the Drumset", "Calle 54", and "El Cantante." His second CD, "And Then Some" on Milestone Records was nominated for a Grammy in 1996. Steve was born in Manhattan in 1945

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Article: Big Band Caravan

Bob Mintzer Big Band / Bob Wilber and the Tuxedo Big Band / Joe Chambers Moving Pictures Orchestra

Read "Bob Mintzer Big Band / Bob Wilber and the Tuxedo Big Band / Joe Chambers Moving Pictures Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Bob Mintzer Big BandFor the MomentMCG Jazz2012 Anyone who has followed Bob Mintzer's career knows that the multi-talented saxophonist / educator has always had a special place in his heart for music from south of the border (he even recorded a big-band album, Latin from Manhattan, back in ...

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Article: In the Artist's Own Words

Wayne Wallace: The Thrill of the Grammys

Read "Wayne Wallace: The Thrill of the Grammys" reviewed by Wayne Wallace


I have had the honor of performing on four Grammy-nominated recordings. Mister E, by Pete Escovedo, S.F. Bay, by the Machete Ensemble, Then Some, by Steve Berrios, and Far East Suite, by Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra. This was my second time being a part of a Grammy presentation, but my first as the ...

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Bill O'Connell: Rhapsody in Blue

Read "Rhapsody in Blue" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins


Don't let the title, Rhapsody in Blue, fool you. Pianist Bill O'Connell isn't doing an album-length tribute to Gershwin. The title song is just one of three covers in this ten-track set; he rest are O'Connell originals. “Monk's Cha-Cha" features alto saxophonist Steve Slagle. Dave Samuels follows O'Connell with a solo. Bassist Luques Curtis, ...

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Bill O'Connell: Rhapsody In Blue

Read "Rhapsody In Blue" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Internationally recognized composer/pianist Bill O'Connell has long been associated with Latin jazz, having established and cemented his reputation in the genre with past recordings like Black Sand (Random Chance, 2001) and Latin Jazz Fantasy (Random Chance, 2004). However the classically trained O'Connell is also well adept at playing other forms of jazz, including hard bop and ...

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Bill O'Connell: Rhapsody In Blue

Read "Rhapsody In Blue" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Pianist Bill O'Connell has a varied career as a musician. After studying classical music he found inspiration in jazz and salsa. He shaped his instincts for the latter with Mongo Santamaria with whom he played for two years. From there he gravitated to Sonny Rollins and Chet Baker. This wide spectrum served to expand his skills ...

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Bill O'Connell: Rhapsody In Blue

Read "Rhapsody In Blue" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Pianist Bill O'Connell is no stranger to the world of Latin jazz. O'Connell has played for greats like Mongo Santamaria and Dave Valentin, but his range as an artist has taken him well beyond a Latin-only orbit. He's worked with jazz heavyweights like Sonny Rollins and Chet Baker, too, but his greatest asset isn't his résumé. ...

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Joe Chambers: Horace to Max

Read "Horace to Max" reviewed by Larry Reni Thomas


Drummer/vibraphonist/composer/educator Joe Chambers' Horace to Max is an awesome display of versatility and master musicianship; that's impossible to put away, it gets better with each listen. The distinctive blue-and-black colored cover design is similar to those fine Blue Note records of the 1960s and 1970s. The disc possesses a subtle suggestive theme that can only be ...

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Joe Chambers: Horace To Max

Read "Horace To Max" reviewed by Edward Blanco


In this follow up to the critically-acclaimed The Outlaw (Savant 2006) recording, Joe Chambers tips his hat to colleagues Horace Silver and Max Roach with Horace To Max, paying tribute to mentor Roach and recognizing Silver as one of the most important composers of the post-bop era of jazz. A highly-regarded session drummer of the '60s ...

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Joe Chambers: Horace to Max

Read "Horace to Max" reviewed by John Kelman


Though best known for his drum work on key 1960s Blue Note sessions with artists including vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, pianist Andrew Hill and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, Joe Chambers has gradually built a reputation as an equally distinctive composer and mallet player. Horace to Max is more heavily weighted towards cover material from Shorter, bassist Marcus Miller, ...


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