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Art of the Messenger

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Art of the Messenger; Bird's Word; Ode to the Patient Observer; Across the Ocean; Don't Forget to Ask; Something to Say; Oh; The Owl; Who Cooks for You; Heed the Call; Serenata for Bela.

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Carlos Vega: Art of the Messenger

Read "Art of the Messenger" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Tenor saxophonist Carlos Vega is a steeped-in-the-tradition fan of early bebop, displaying his passion for the genre with his nods to alto saxophonist Charlie Parker on Bird's Ticket (2016) and Bird's Up (2017), both on Origin Records. With Art Of The Messenger he shifts his focus to Art Blakey, the drummer who led the Jazz Messengers ...

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Article: Album Review

Carlos Vega: Art of the Messenger

Read "Art of the Messenger" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In case you didn't quite catch the “message" subtly embedded in the title of Chicago-based tenor saxophonist Carlos Vega's new recording, Art of the Messenger, here is a brief reminder that it was drummer Art Blakey who formed the Jazz Messengers in the mid-1950s and led the celebrated hard-bop ensemble until his death in 1990. The ...

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Art of the Messenger

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
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Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow: Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow

Read "Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Chicago-based saxophonist Shawn Maxwell has produced an excellent run of straight ahead CD releases in the past decade, sets like his two self-produced discs, Originals (2006) and Originals II (2008), and Maxwell's House (Chicago Session LTD, 2010) before he changed his game up with Shawn Maxwell's Alliance (Chicago Sessions LTD, 2015), a shift away from mainstream ...

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Peter Lerner: Continuation

Read "Continuation" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Nothing unflattering can be said about Chicago-born and -based guitarist Peter Lerner's latest album, Continuation. The energy level is high, the charts admirable, the supporting cast exemplary. On the other hand, it would be hard to separate the enterprise from a veritable sea of rivals that dwell in a comparable groove. As there is nothing explicit ...

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Take Five with Marquis Hill

Read "Take Five with Marquis Hill" reviewed by Marquis Hill


Meet Marquis Hill: At age 26, Marquis Hill is already a well-known name on the Chicago jazz scene. After receiving a Bachelor's degree in Music Education/Jazz Studies, and studying privately at Northern Illinois University, he started performing heavily in Chicago. He has performed with artist such as: Dee Alexander, Tito Carrillo, Bobby Broom, Willie Pickens, ...

News: Recording

Grupo Cha Cha Releases "This is the Life"

Sometimes, the Latin music scene can feel like a man’s world. This hasn’t stymied Grupo Cha Cha, led by classically trained, jazz-loving flute and saxophonist Lise Gilly. Uniting a diverse crew from all different musical backgrounds, Gilly and her group have defined their own sound by celebrating their own, wide-ranging approach to Latin roots and jazz. ...

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Swingin' on a Riff . . . Hangin' by a Thread?

Read "Swingin' on a Riff . . . Hangin' by a Thread?" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Betty and I returned to Albuquerque on Memorial Day after attending Swingin' on a Riff, the latest in a series of marvelous semi-annual events presented by Ken Poston and the Los Angeles Jazz Institute for more than twenty years at venues in and around L.A. This one was held May 23-26 at the Los Angeles Marriott ...


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