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Steve Davis is widely regarded as one of today's leading improvisors on the trombone. His lyrical, hard-swinging style first gained him broad recognition during the 1990's while working with the bands of jazz legends Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, Chick Corea's acclaimed sextet Origin and the renowned cooperative sextet, One For All. Born in Worcester, MA in 1967, Steve was raised in Binghamton, NY and graduated in 1989 from The Hartt School's Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz (University of Hartford). It was Mc Lean's guidence and recommendation that helped Davis land his first major gig with Art Blakey in NYC in Dec 1989

Golden Year

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Golden Year; Braeburn; May This Be Love; Night Ride; Orange Feathers; Sinhá; Hypnagogia; Con Alma; El Gran Birane; Lake Sebago; Tua Imagem.

Onward & Upward

Label: Onyx Music Label
Released: 2020
Track listing: Forth and Back; Sonora; Onward & Upward; Waltz For Etienne and Ebony; Red Black and Green Blues; Un Poco Haina; Sudan Blue; Portrait of Lord Willis; Tricks of the Trade; El Grito; Along Came Benny.

The Movement Revisited

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Overture The Movement Revisited; Sister Rosa Prologue; Sister Rosa; Rosa Introduces Malcolm; Brother Malcolm Prologue; Brother Malcolm; Malcolm Introduces Ali; Ali Speaks; Rumble In The Jungle; Rosa Introduces MLK; Soldiers (I Have A Dream); A View From The Mountaintop; Apotheosis November 4th 2008.

Mabern Plays Mabern

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Mr. Johnson; The Iron Man; Lover Man; The Lyrical Cole-Man; Edward Lee; It's Magic; The Beehive; Rakin' and Scrapin'.

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Tony Davis: Golden Year

Read "Golden Year" reviewed by Kyle Simpler

Tony Davis definitely knows how to get things done. At 25, he has already earned a Master's Degree and is involved in musical education. He has played and recorded with some of the most notable jazz musicians around, including the group, Works for Me. With Golden Year, his first solo album, Davis captures the energy of ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Chad Taylor Trio, Rob Burke & Jeff Albert

Read "Chad Taylor Trio, Rob Burke & Jeff Albert" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

A look at some of the early music and the lives of two recently departed free jazz greats, Giuseppi Logan and Henry Grimes is this episode's feature. From New Orleans, new tunes from trombonist Jeff Albert, Aussie saxophonist Rob Burke and trumpeter Paul Williamson, Chicago guitarist Tim Stine and drummer Chad Taylor and his trio are ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor, Samuel Blaser & Marc Ducret and more

Read "James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor,  Samuel Blaser & Marc Ducret and more" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Mark this one down on your “must-get" list: Live in Willisau by saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and drummer Chad Taylor. It's on Intakt Records, captured live at the annual Willisau Festival in Switzerland. Excellent recording, one that zooms to my favourites of 2020 list. This episode is filled with music from new releases from pianist Alexander ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

John Swana: Philly Gumbo

Read "John Swana: Philly Gumbo" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in June 2000. In addition to being one of the finest contemporary jazz trumpet players, John Swana is a human being who is spontaneously authentic and refuses to play a false role. Having reached the ripe old age of 38, John has ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Christian Sands: Be Water

Read "Be Water" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

A small opus which rises from within, “Intro," unassuming title and all, begins Be Water, a true wealth of music which pianist Christian Sands has designed to flow not only like the awe-inspiring, fear-inducing title element, but like mercy, freely and without boundary. And so it does. For next is “Sonar," a romping festival ...


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