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Tony Levin was born in Boston on June 6, 1946. He grew up in the suburb of Brookline and began playing upright bass at 10 yrs old. In high school, he picked up tuba, soloing with the concert band. He also started a barbershop quartet. But he primarily played classical music on the upright, most notably performing at the White House with Marvin Rabin's Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra for John and Jackie Kennedy. He then attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and played in the Rochester Philharmonic. Also at the school was Steve Gadd, now a renowned drummer, who introduced Tony to playing a higher level of jazz and rock

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Jones / Skolnick / Grohowski / Motzer: PAKT

Read "PAKT" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Recent internal polling serves to prove that most actively conscious homo sapiens are seriously seeking out a few more hours of headspace a day. With that comes the need to fill it with anything but blinks, tweets, notifications or the incessant slate of current events. And with that comes a soundtrack: equal measures invention, noise, humor, ...

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Article: Album Review

Chris Trinidad: Chris Trinidad y Canción Tagalog

Read "Chris Trinidad y Canción Tagalog" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


The quiet beauty of Chris Trinidad y Cancion Tagalog illustrates the subtleties between volume, power and intensity. The musician credits on its inner jacket list instruments with quite curious names, including three types of bata drums (okonkolo, itotele and iya) plus bombo and guagua among the percussion instruments, and with bandurria and octavina among ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Tributes, Tapestries, Trombones and Tempests

Read "Tributes, Tapestries, Trombones and Tempests" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Vasko Atanasovski Adrabesa Quartet Phoenix MoonJune Records 2020 Phoenix captures the voice of one of Eastern Europe's most acclaimed and creative musical ensembles, the Adrabesa Quartet founded and led by Slovenian maestro Vasko Atanasovski, and amplifies this unique voice throughout MoonJune Records' global distribution network. Phoenix ...

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Tubby Hayes: Free Flight

Read "Free Flight" reviewed by Chris May


Tenor saxophonist, flautist, vibraphonist and composer Tubby Hayes, who died at the unconscionably young age of thirty-eight in 1973, was that rare thing among the first generation of British jazz musicians in the 1960s—a player who was taken seriously by the hippest American musicians and audiences. He visited New York in 1961 and 1964 for well-received ...

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Article: Profile

Roy McCurdy: From Cannonball to the Rochester Music Hall of Fame

Read "Roy McCurdy: From Cannonball to the Rochester Music Hall of Fame" reviewed by Scott Gudell


When we placed a call from New York to Los Angeles in the early part of 2021, the articulate and vibrant drummer Roy McCurdy answered and quickly connected us back to the 1950s. He told us about his hometown of jny: Rochester, New York, his early days performing with Chuck Mangione and Gap Mangione and how ...

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Free Flight

Label: Jazz In Britain
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD1: I’ve Got You Under My Skin; Trane’s Blues; Someday My Prince Will Come; Seven Steps To Heaven (incomplete). CD2: Trenton Place; Lady Celia; I Thought About You; Sienna Red (incomplete).

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Moving Through Worlds

Label: Little Hartley Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Calling County Clare; Bushfire Moon; Prayer For Rain; All That is Left; Aqua 1; Prelude in E Minor (Chopin, #4); Desert of Crystal; Tolling of the Fire Bell; Aqua 2; Passing Of Midnight; Moving Through Worlds; For the Roses (Solo Piano); Song For Louise; Twilight Moment.

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Secrets & Lies

Label: Inside Out Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Before I Met You; The Trouble With Angels; Fools Mandate; The Rotters Club is Closing Down (a song for Pip); Uncertain Times; It Would All Make Sense; Secrets, Lies & Broken Memories; Under Lock & Key; The Borders We Traded; Trading Borders; Separation.

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Article: Profile

Nancy Kelly: A Dynamic And Determined Voice

Read "Nancy Kelly: A Dynamic And Determined Voice" reviewed by Scott Gudell


Nancy Kelly has been singin,' swingin' and scattin' for a long time. Her first musical path took her into the world of classical music when she started playing by ear at age three and her mother guided her to piano lessons by age four. The Beatles arrived a decade later and she abruptly shifted her allegiance ...


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