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Walter Smith III


From an early 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’s latest release, In Common III, has been described as “boundary pushing”, and features some of the most important and talked about musicians in the world - Matt Stevens, Kris Davis, Dave Holland and Terri Lyne Carrington. 


Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

If it is true that, like The Police once put it, “when the world is going down you make the best of what's still around," then throughout 2023 jazz fans were better off than most other social groups. In a year in which everyday news brought ever more inconceivable disappointments, jazz musicians, labels, festivals and venues ...


Return To Casual

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Contra; River Styx; Pup-Pow; Shine; Mother Stands For Comfort; Quiet Song; Lamplight; Amelia Earhart Ghosted Me; Revive.



Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: What Day Is It?; Corridors; A Voice Through The Door; One Door Closes; Isn’t This My Sound Around Me?; One Door Closes, Another Opens; Your Destiny Awaits; Another Opens; Threshold.


What Place Can Be for Us? - A Suite in Ten Movements

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Door of No Return; Sundown Town; I, Too, Sing America; Indivisible; We Went Where the Wind Took Us; What Place Can Be For Us?; Sunken Place; The Trail of Tears to Standing Rock; Sanctuary City; Placeless.


LA Stories: Live at Sam First

Label: Sam First Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Forward Momentum; Tiburcio; Old Friend; Lonely Are The Brave; Red Car Reminiscing; Feed The Birds; Lullaby for Ludvig; Travel Town; Spirit.


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Bassist / Composer Jakob Dreyer

Read "Take Five With Bassist / Composer Jakob Dreyer" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Jakob Dreyer Jakob Dreyer is a New York City based jazz musician, bassist, and composer. Born and raised in Germany he moved to New York in 2014. He appears on over 30 albums as a sideman, and as a leader he has released two albums on Fresh Sound New Talent: Songs, Hymns & Ballads Vol. ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Finders Keepers

Read "Finders Keepers" reviewed by Michael Ambrosino

All racked up and ready to go! Your latest musical adventure celebrating our 80th episode! The best that Jazz has to offer on Currents--your soundtrack to the future voice of Jazz. Featuring Alfredo Rodriguez, Kurt Elling, Charlie Hunter,Miguel Zenon, Luis Perdomo, Wayne Escoffery, Clark Sommers, Walter Smith III, Nicole Zuraitis, Johnathan Blake, Arman Sangalang, Thomas Marriott and ...


Article: Album Review

Anthony Branker & Imagine: What Place Can Be for Us? - A Suite in Ten Movements

Read "What Place Can Be for Us? - A Suite in Ten Movements" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

L'avventuroso post-bop del compositore Anthony Branker, ben espresso dall'album Beauty Within del quintetto Imagine, trova nuovi e più articolati sviluppi in questo What Place Can Be for Us?. Il gruppo conferma il chitarrista Pete McCann e la coppia Fabian Almazan e Linda May Han Oh ampliandosi fino a un medio organico con alcuni dei massimi giovani ...


Article: Liner Notes

Josh Nelson: LA Stories: Live at Sam First

Read "Josh Nelson: LA Stories: Live at Sam First" reviewed by Robert Petersen

Josh Nelson's LA Stories: Live at Sam First was recorded in February 2022 at Sam First, which has quickly become the heartbeat of L.A.'s jazz community. With this album, Nelson continues a love letter to Los Angeles he began with his 2017 release, The Sky Remains, which was part of his Discovery Project multimedia series. In ...


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