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Walter Smith III

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Walter Smith III Performance Bio From a young age, Walter began taking music very seriously. “My first gig was playing at a McDonalds in Houston with another saxophone player. I took a solo on “Blue Bossa.” It was terrible. People clapped, and I figured if I could get away with that and get applause, how could I fail?” Although it may appear Smith is a new voice on the scene, he is widely recognized as an adept performer, accomplished composer, and inspired educator. Smith released his 5th album as a leader, “Twio” in February of 2018 with his longtime trio of Harish Raghavan and Eric Harland including guest appearances by Christian McBride and Joshua Redman. In the Jazz tradition, Smith has developed under the wings of many of the music’s greats

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Thornewood

Label: self-produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Rocky Mountain High; If I Needed You; Fall Into You; In the Still of the Night; You Are There; One For My Baby; The Dark Side; Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye; Deciding Where To Land; The Summer Knows; Grow; Rocky Mountain High (Outro)

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Light as a Word

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Bloom; Full Circle; The Melancholy Architecture of Storms; Imperfect Paradise; Union Intro; Union; Mirrors In Your Eyes; Vista Hermosa Intro; Vista Hermosa (For Jon and Brian); Qoo; Traptop; Light as Word

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Baker's Circle

Label: Strikezone Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Tough; El Camino; Dreamsong; Everything I Love; Rush Hour; Superstar; Baker’s Circle; Inner City Blues; Love Dance; Trouble (No. 2).

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Article: Interview

Logan Richardson: On Afrofuturism and finding Mom

Read "Logan Richardson: On Afrofuturism and finding Mom" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


As the twenty-first century takes its course, a jazz musician's musical path seems to be becoming less and less linear. Derivatives of genres, shifting technological approaches and possibilities as well as a growing amount of proactivist political and social advocacy are increasingly gaining passage into this century's art form with deep American roots. In ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Stryker: Baker's Circle

Read "Baker's Circle" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On Baker's Circle, guitarist Dave Stryker revisits a format in which he is quite comfortable: an organ-driven rhythm ensemble whose emphasis is on hard-nosed contemporary swing. There is, however, a refreshing exclamation mark this time around in the person of able-bodied tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III, and one more fringe benefit (on three tracks): percussionist Mayra ...

Album

Iron Starlet

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Iron Starlet; Nova; Mr. Dominator; For the O.G.; Hello to the Wind; Detour Ahead; Captain's Song; Boy Toy; The Forsaken; Dark Chambers.

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Hard Bop

Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2020
Track listing: Trane Ride; Blues Jawn; Luna; BFTF; To Be Alone; Metallic Sky

Album

In Common 2

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Roy Allan; Lotto; Cowboy; Clem; Van Der Linde; Provinces; General George Washington; Little Lamplight; Opera; Type Rider

Article: Album Review

Remy Le Boeuf's Assembly of Shadows: Assembly of Shadows

Read "Assembly of Shadows" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Dopo aver debuttato in veste di leader nel 2019 con il ricercato album Light as a World (un sestetto con, tra gli altri, Aaron Parks e Walter Smith III) il 33enne sassofonista e compositore d'origini californiane, presenta un ambizioso progetto orchestrale comprendente la suite “Assembly of Shadows," un'altra sua composizione ("Strata") e una riscrittura di “Honeymooners" ...


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