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Victor Gould

Victor Gould, a pianist from Los Angeles, began playing piano at the young age of four. He was fortunate to grow up in a household where his parents supported him wholeheartedly. His undergraduate degree was completed at Berklee College of Music where he was a recipient of the Herbie Hancock Presidential Scholarship. Immediately after he graduated from Berklee, Victor attended the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and received his Masters Degree. Gould's honors include the 2009 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award, and in 2006 He was a semifinalist in The Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition

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The Art of Intimacy, Vol. 2/His Muse

Label: HighNote Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: For Whom I Love So Much; Slow Hot Wind; If I Ruled the World; I Can’t Escape from You; There’ll Be Other Times; Don’t Love Me; Blues in Sophistication; Two Different Worlds; When She Makes Music; Two for the Road.

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Phoenix

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2023
Track listing: Amerikkan Skin; New Mornings; Phoenix; Mercy; Jubilation; Peace Is A Haiku Song; Blast; Moods; Rebirth; Trane; Supernova; Basquiat; Amerikkan Skin radio edit.

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Article: Album Review

Jeremy Pelt: The Art of Intimacy, Vol. 2/His Muse

Read "The Art of Intimacy, Vol. 2/His Muse" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt's album, The Art of Intimacy, Vol. 2, is a hybrid: nearly one-half jazz quartet (quintet on one track), more than the other half quartet with strings. Strangely enough, the strings are nowhere listed on the album jacket, nor are Pelt's colleagues in his quartet. One has to read an accompanying press release from ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Wallace Roney: Understanding

Read "Wallace Roney: Understanding" reviewed by John Kelman


With the concept of mentoring an increasingly forgotten part of how young, up-and-coming musicians cut their teeth--learning from older, more experienced musicians before heading out into the world as leaders--the jazz world needs more people like Wallace Roney. One look at every record the trumpeter has made since signing with HighNote in 2004, with Prototype the ...

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Article: Album Review

Lakecia Benjamin: Phoenix

Read "Phoenix" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The previous album by saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, Pursuance: The Coltranes, (Ropeadope, 2020) was a multifaceted tribute to the music of both John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane. Her new album takes on societal and human issues with similar diversity but in a more compact and organized manner. It moves from a socially aware mix of soul, R'n'B, ...

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Article: Album Review

Lakecia Benjamin: Phoenix

Read "Phoenix" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


True to her nature, saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin keeps the flame to the dynamite on her smoking follow-up to the wildfire of Pursuance (Ropeadope, 2020), her still hot-to-the-touch dedication to the music and spirituality of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane. Co-produced with maximum female power by Benjamin and Terri Lyne Carrington, the torrential riptide “Amerikkan ...

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Soundtrack

Label: HighNote Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Picking Up the Pieces; Soundtrack; Be the Light; Part 1: The Lighter Side; Part 2: The Darker Side; Elegy; I’m Still Standing; I Love Music; Shifting Images; You and Me.

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Article: Album Review

Jeremy Pelt: Soundtrack

Read "Soundtrack" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Although Soundtrack is the name of trumpeter Jeremy Pelt's latest album (more about that in a moment), there is another selection that more readily summarizes Pelt's lyric philosophy: “I Love Music." And while there is ample contrast, camaraderie and color on the album, there is no doubt that Pelt's clear and creative commentaries are the focal ...

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Article: Book Review

Ugly Beauty - Jazz In The 21st Century

Read "Ugly Beauty - Jazz In The 21st Century" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Ugly Beauty Phil Freeman 250 pagine ISBN: #978-1-78904-632-8 Zer0 Books 2021 Critico musicale da tempo presente nelle riviste musicali e nei blog statunitensi e inglesi (The Wire, Down Beat, Jazziz, The Village Voice, Stereogum ecc...) Phil Freeman si occupa sia di jazz che di metal (è stato capo ...


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