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Warren Smith

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Warren Smith is an American jazz percussionist, known as a contributor to Max Roach's M'boom ensemble and leader of the Composer's Workshop Ensemble Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois, into a musical family; his father played saxophone and clarinet with Noble Sissle and Jimmy Noone, and his mother was a harpist and pianist. He studied clarinet under his father from age four. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1957, then took a master's in percussion at the Manhattan School of Music in 1958. One of his earliest major recording dates was with Miles Davis as a vibraphonist in 1957

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News: Performance / Tour

Jazz Power Initiative Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Season With The Intergenerational Jazz Power Jam Series

Jazz Power Initiative Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Season With The Intergenerational Jazz Power Jam Series

Jazz Power Initiative (JPI), an Inwood-based non-profit organization founded in 2003 with the mission of transforming lives through jazz music, arts education and performance, kicks off its 20th anniversary season with the acclaimed Intergenerational Jazz Power Jam series starting in October. Held twice-monthly, the Intergenerational Jazz Power Jam presents professional and emerging jazz artists with a ...

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Mellifluous Excursions Vol. 1: Where You Been

Label: Mahakala Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: Pillar For Urgency; Spirit Vectors; Revolution/Revelation + Ballad For The Sound Travellers; This And That Before This And That; Short Story Long (Sunrise); Long Story Short (Moonrise); Find The Time + Scattered Leaves

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Article: Album Review

Rob Brown / Juan Pablo Carletti: Fertile Garden

Read "Fertile Garden" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Alto saxophonist Rob Brown has always been accompanied by adroit and masterful drummers. Throughout his career he can be heard with the likes of Denis Charles, Jackson Krall, Lou Grassi, Warren Smith, Marc Edwards, Satoshi Takeishi, Whit Dickey, Luther Gray, Andrew Barker, Gerald Cleaver, and Hamid Drake. With the release Fertile Garden, add to that list ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Pianoless Trios: Sonny Rollins to Ballister

Read "Pianoless Trios: Sonny Rollins to Ballister" reviewed by David Brown


Sonny Rollins is famous for the pianoless trio. He said the lack of chordal instruments gave him more freedom for soloing. Tonight, a smorgasbord of trios sans pianos. Offering lots of space for soloists and collective interplay. Note: Due to a loose board plug, songs two and three play in mono. The issue was resolved during ...

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Article: Year in Review

John Pietaro's Best In Jazz And New Music 2021

Read "John Pietaro's Best In Jazz And New Music 2021" reviewed by John Pietaro


This year in which we celebrated the return of live performance and simultaneously foresaw a rise in virus numbers and the resumption of show and venue closings, the pervasive issue remains on the anti-vax know-nothings affecting the lives of the careful, caring and compliant. Health regs and advisories as simple as getting a lifesaving vaccine are ...

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Blue Reality Quartet!

Label: Mahakala Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Love Exists Everywhere; Chartreuse Tulips; Joe's Train; Coney Island Funk; Bluer Than Blue; East Side Dilemma; Warren's Theme.

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The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony

Label: New World Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD 1—The Boyé Multi-National Crusade for Harmony I: Dear Friend; Zuli; Band Introduction; At Harmony; Air Rings; Dimples: The Fat Lady on Parade.
CD 2—The Julius Hemphill/Abdul Wadud Duo: Syntax; Tightenin’; Slang; Unknown Title; Rhapsody; Downstairs.
CD 3—The Janus Company: Opener; #4; #3; Collective Improvisation; Dogon A.D.
CD 4—Chamber Music: Parchment (1988); Mingus Gold (1988); Nostalgia in Times Square; Alice’s Wonderland; Better Get Hit in Your Soul; Daedalus String Quartet: Unknown Title No. 1 (1981); Unknown Title No. 2 (1981).
CD 5—Roi Boyé Solo and Text: Trills; Unfiltered Dreams; Wade in the Water; Change My Clothes.
CD 6—The Boyé Multi-National Crusade for Harmony II: K.C. Line; Testament #5; Song Suite: At Harmony; Sixty/Sixty; Astrid; Mailika; Pull It; Rites; Pigskin; For Billie (for Billie Holiday); One/Waltz/Time.
CD 7—Live at Joyous Lake: Mirrors; Dung; Band Introduction; Would Boogie.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Four Quartets

Read "Four Quartets" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Dry the pool, dry concrete, brown edged, And the pool was filled with water out of sunlight, And the lotos rose, quietly, quietly, and said shooby dooby doo—er, well, maybe not according to T. S. Eliot, but those aren't the four quartets we're talking about. Instead, we've got a mix of progressive and nostalgic takes on ...

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Article: Album Review

Blue Reality Quartet: Blue Reality Quartet!

Read "Blue Reality Quartet!" reviewed by John Sharpe


Back in 2001 when reedman Michael Marcus' trio waxed a disc under the title Blue Reality (Soulnote, 2002), he could scarcely have imagined the circumstances under which he might resurrect the name. As the four masked faces on the cover of Blue Reality Quartet! show, times are sadly very different. Joining Marcus in the studio in ...


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