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Walter Smith III

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

Hard Bop

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

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

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.

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" ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Philip Dizack: If Our Perspective Is Right Then We’re Always in Complete Humility

Read "Philip Dizack: If Our Perspective Is Right Then We’re Always in Complete Humility" reviewed by Leo Sidran

Trumpeter Philip Dizack (named by Downbeat Magazine as “[one of twenty-five] Trumpet Players for the Future") on how he thinks about playing, teaching ("preparing for teaching is the most helpful thing that I've ever done for myself"), practicing ("the more specific your questions are, the more specific your answers will become"), potential ("I hear so far ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Daniel Bingert, Andrea Keller, Antoine Pierre & New Releases

Read "Daniel Bingert, Andrea Keller, Antoine Pierre & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

It's time to get back to the new releases menu for the month of August and its delicious assortment of modern jazz infused with timeless Miles Davis aromas, forward looking fare marked by traces of Tim Berne, as well as gargantuan ensembles for good measure. Bon appetit! Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Connie Han: Iron Starlet

Read "Iron Starlet" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

At the 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival, pianist Connie Han dazzled the crowd with a superb and well-paced set which was one of the best performances of the weekend. Although her Mack Avenue debut, Crime Zone, had hit the streets in 2018, Han's musical acumen was still hovering below the radar of most jazz listeners. The key ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Whirlwind Recordings: Celebrating 10 years

Read "Whirlwind Recordings: Celebrating 10 years" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

This year London-based label Whirlwind Recordings is celebrating its 10th anniversary and looking back at a decade, during the course of which the label has grown to become an important brand in the jazz scene and beyond, with over 140 top-tier albums released under its name so far. The distinguished mark, which Whirlwind has established over ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Connie Han: Iron Starlet

Read "Iron Starlet" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

A decisively brazen talent, pianist Connie Han rushes into the fire touched off by her 2018 Mack Avenue debut Crime Zone, bringing more accelerant to bear on Iron Starlet.With an exhilarating control of her skills and vision and an intimate clairvoyance into all that has come before her, Han bids trumpeter Jeremy Pelt the ...


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