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Coalescence 2

Label: Wise Cat Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Lynx; Melody 12; Downhill Climb; Weather Chaser; Galileo’s Dialogue; Winter Song; Basel Paisagem; Whatever, That Was; The Dash; Mars; Have a Nice Day.

Album

Down & Dirty

Label: Wise Cat Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Boogie Beast; Down & Dirty; Walter the Ferret; Eyes All for You; Dancing Hippo; Ed Zachary Meets Gregory Peccary; How ‘Bout That?; Old Folks; Little Treasures; Not So Fast!; Funk Heap; But for the Grace of God.

Album

Conspiracy

Label: Wise Cat Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Mr. Magoo; Goofin' Off; Clip clop Mogul, Blessed Are the Hip; Adrenaline Rush; Brother Kenya's Paradigm; Secret things; Conspiracy; Nude Eel; Eenie Meanie Beanie Weeny; Blues for Bobby.

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Rich Willey Boptism Funk Band: Conspiracy

Read "Conspiracy" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Both before and after his first terrific recording as leader--Gone with the Piggies (Consolidated Artists Productions, 1988)--Asheville, North Carolina-based Rich Willey has been a very busy jazzman. During that period, Willey spent dues-playing time with Philly Phenoms, New York Bopsters, did a stint with the great Maynard Ferguson, authored dozens of well-acclaimed trumpet and jazz improv ...

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Rich Willey: Down & Dirty

Read "Down & Dirty" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Back in 2001, trumpeter/composer/educator Rich Willey released a critically acclaimed album titled Gone with the Piggies (CAP Records). As a result, a savvy audience has followed him cult-like ever since. With Down and Dirty, the former Maynard Ferguson standout delivers a bacchanalia presentation both as player and composer, surrounded by a unit of Los Angeles' finest ...

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Rich Willey's Boptism Big Band: Down & Dirty

Read "Down & Dirty" reviewed by Jack Bowers


What's in a name? While that maxim remains a matter for debate, don't let this particular name mislead you. In the parlance of trumpeter Rich Willey's Los Angeles-based Boptism Big Band, Down & Dirty translates into well-scrubbed & swinging. There's really no better way to describe the performance of eleven of Willey's wide-ranging compositions and one ...

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Coalescence: Coalescence 2

Read "Coalescence 2" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Coalescence is a suitably titled ensemble from New York City, its namesake rings true. Each member is a seasoned player in his own right, playing in various ensembles, but together they congeal and offer a coalesced sound. Their debut offering Coalescence (Self-Produced, 2013) gathered together like-minded friends. In 2018, Coalescence recorded their second album Coalescence 2 ...


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