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Xavier Breaker

Drummer, composer and arranger, Xavier Breaker has played with various artists throughout his career including Joe Sample, Randy Crawford, Howard Hewitt, Lalah Hathaway, Ernie Watts, Joey DeFrancesco, Bob Mintzer, Brad Leali, and Jonathan Scales. He has also played for some of Chicago’s finest including Corey Wilkes, Kahil El Zabar, Dee Alexander, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Chicago Yestet, Sidewalk Chalk, and many others. The Xavier Breaker Coalition was formed in 2013 as an effort to design a group that can thrive in a variety of musical situations. The Coalition opened for many groups, including Brian Auger's Oblivion Express and HBC (Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin, Dennis Chambers)

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Label: Open Mic Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: There Are Thorns

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Sittin at the Bar

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Label: Open Mic Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 04:50

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There Are Thorns

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Label: Open Mic Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 5:31

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Doug Lawrence & Friends

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Night Flight; Soul Street; Latona; Tenderly; Early Morning Stroll; I Want a Little Girl.

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Art of the Messenger

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Art of the Messenger; Bird's Word; Ode to the Patient Observer; Across the Ocean; Don't Forget to Ask; Something to Say; Oh; The Owl; Who Cooks for You; Heed the Call; Serenata for Bela.

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Doug Lawrence: Doug Lawrence & Friends

Read "Doug Lawrence & Friends" reviewed by Jack Bowers


If the name Doug Lawrence doesn't sound familiar, the name Count Basie surely should. What is the Lawrence- Basie connection? Well, for more than two decades Lawrence has been the featured tenor saxophone soloist with the renowned and still- active Count Basie Orchestra, a chair once impressively occupied by the likes of Lester Young, Eddie “Lockjaw" ...

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Carlos Vega: Art of the Messenger

Read "Art of the Messenger" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In case you didn't quite catch the “message" subtly embedded in the title of Chicago-based tenor saxophonist Carlos Vega's new recording, Art of the Messenger, here is a brief reminder that it was drummer Art Blakey who formed the Jazz Messengers in the mid-1950s and led the celebrated hard-bop ensemble until his death in 1990. The ...

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Art of the Messenger

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 07:44

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Blueprints Figure Two: New Designs

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Passion Dance; East to West; Shipmates; A Cidade do Vento; Looking Out Windows; Simone; The Musicianer; Beatrice; Keppard’s Kerchief (Live).


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