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Vinnie Sperrazza

Vinnie Sperrazza is a Brooklyn-based jazz drummer. His first album as a bandleader and composer, Apocryphal, was released by Loyal Label on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Originally from a small town south of Utica, New York, Vin moved to NYC a million years ago, just after the glaciers melted but before Tower Records closed. He's played lots and lots of good music with many amazing musicians, but he feels really self-conscious about dropping names and all that so he's just not going to do it, save mentioning the late great Mr. James Williams, pianist, with whom Vin played many memorable concerts. He feels incredibly lucky to have music in his life, to be able to work with great musicians, and to be able to present his music to an appreciative audience. He's in lots of bands, spent the summer of 2014 as an actor (he played a drummer- not much of a stretch), is on some cool records that have either just come out or will come out this year (Dana Lyn/Vincent D'Onofrio Slim Bone Head Volt, Jacob Garchik Ye Olde), and as of this writing, just got off the road with the band Hearing Things, led by Matt Bauder

ARTICLE: RADIO

Chad Taylor, Nduduzo Makhathini, Aka Moon, Matt Wilson and Other New Releases

Read "Chad Taylor, Nduduzo Makhathini, Aka Moon, Matt Wilson and Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Second part of this week's exploration of new and upcoming releases [for the first part ]. Here we focus on the new works of drummers Chad Taylor, with his trio and in the duo with James Brandon Lewis and Matt Wilson, the global jazz of the cult band Aka Moon and South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini... ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

River City Jazz Masters Preview, Newk, Tadd & More

Read "River City Jazz Masters Preview, Newk, Tadd & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Happy 89th birthday to Mr. Sonny Rollins! After some 21st century music from Hudson, Joshua Redman (his latest), UK pianist Zoe Rahman [whew!], Chicagoland's Geof Bradfield & Kamasi Washington, we preview the Baton Rouge River City Jazz Masters 2019-2020 season at the Manship Theatre (Eddie Palmieri, Eric Alexander, Nicholas Payton AND Jazzmeia Horn)! It's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Curtis + Garabedian + Sperrazza: New Year

Read "New Year" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

This is a compelling slice of Brooklyn unburdened. With no real restrictions, stratification, expectations or requirements to speak of, three friends and fellow seekers document their truth(s) in sound. Burrowing into their shared experiences in the Borough of Kings, and discovering tunnels and wormholes in the process, they come out on the other end with music ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hearing Things: Here's Hearing Things

Read "Here's Hearing Things" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Direttamente da Brooklyn, una delle formazioni che gli amanti delle atmosfere liquide e colorate della musica surf e beat non potranno farsi scappare. Si chiamano Hearing Things e, dietro le deliziose grafiche di copertina in puro stile Sixties del loro album intitolato Here's Hearing Things, si nascondono Matt Bauder al sassofono e chitarra, JP Schlegelmilch all'organo ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

The Sounds of Saxophones

Read "The Sounds of Saxophones" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The saxophone continues to be one of the cornerstone instruments of jazz. Here are three recent recordings that demonstrate different approaches to the use of saxophones in the music. Jordan Pettay First Fruit Outside In Music 2019 Jordan Pettay is a young Julliard graduate who makes her ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sean Moran: Sun Tiger

Read "Sun Tiger" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Trio piuttosto atipico questo messo in piedi da Sean Moran, chitarrista elettrico newyorchese d'adozione: accanto al suo strumento troviamo infatti la batteria di Vinnie Sperrazza e il violoncello di Hank Roberts, strumenti che danno vita a un suono costantemente nel guado tra rock e musica da camera. La particolarità si palesa fin dalle prime ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tom Tallitsch: Wheelhouse

Read "Wheelhouse" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Tom Tallitsch's Wheelhouse is a recording in which something honest and genuine springs from the soil of a long established, familiar jazz style. Although pinning a hard bop label on the music is fairly accurate, ultimately it amounts to a quick, glib, descriptive fix that may distort or diminish the character of the record. The same ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

New Faces: Straight Forward

Read "Straight Forward" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The collection of musicians on this record, collectively referred to as “New Faces," is an attempt by Posi-Tone producer Marc Free to create a sampler of the label's mission, utilizing a selection of young leaders to collectively personify their overall musical vision. As stated on the Posi- Tone website, “The entire series of succinct performances included ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark F. Turner's Best Releases Of 2017

Read "Mark F. Turner's Best Releases Of 2017" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

In a year filled with loss, uncertainty and numerous challenges, the following releases by these creative and talented artists repeatedly moved me while bringing something fresh to my ears. No matter what critics or doubters say, the music lives on and is as strong as ever; always colored by its diversity. Harriet Tubman ...


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