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In 1977, Robben Ford assembled a group of veteran session musicians to record his album The Inside Story. The trio of musicians, which included keyboardist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Ricky Lawson, soon discovered a certain "chemistry" and musical affinity that led to their formation of Yellowjackets. The Inside Story being mainly instrumental, Robben Ford's record label wanted him to record another album that was more pop and vocal oriented. The group, known as the Robben Ford Group, preferred to pursue the instrumental route, and a "band within a band" was formed. This same group with Robben Ford on guitar recorded digital demos that were eventually accepted by Warner Brothers, and Yellowjackets was born


Article: Album Review

Luciana Souza: Cometa

Read "Cometa" reviewed by Katharine (Katchie) Cartwright

Luciana Souza and Trio Corrente inhabit the deep intersections of Brazilian and jazz practices, a realm Souza's double-take Yemanjá-Lady Liberty garb suggests lies somewhere in the Atlantic (see the album cover). They share rarified air as Grammy winners, as composers and as performers. It seems inevitable that they would eventually collaborate. A fan of Trio Corrente ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Trio Grande, Sonar with David Torn, Adam Larson and Mark Lettieri

Read "Trio Grande, Sonar with David Torn, Adam Larson and Mark Lettieri" reviewed by Len Davis

Trio Grande featuring drummer Antonio Sanchez, Sonar with David Torn and Yellowjackets from Parallel Motion. Saxophonist Adam Larson with his latest and Mark Lettieri, live at the Iridium. Derek Sherinian and Simon Phillips and The John Irvine Band. Playlist Trio Grande “Scoville" from Trio Grande (Whirlwind) 00:00 Sonar with David Torn “Tunnel Drive" from ...


Article: Liner Notes

Dewa Budjana: Joged Kahyangan

Read "Dewa Budjana: Joged Kahyangan" reviewed by John Kelman

Dewa Budjana may not be a household name outside of his native country, Indonesia, but with MoonJune Records picking up this exciting guitarist and composer, all that could be about to change. He's already garnered some serious attention with his first recording for the label, Dawai in Paradise, released earlier this year (2013), but at home, ...


Article: Live Review

Freespace Jazz Festival 2022

Read "Freespace Jazz Festival 2022" reviewed by Rob Garratt

Freespace Jazz Festival 2022 Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District Hong Kong October 26-30, 2022 Hong Kong's best jazz fest launched at the worst possible time. The debut Freespace Jazz Festival, in 2019, struck a bold chord with its choice of A-list international headliners-- most especially Robert Glasper, ...


Article: Album Review

The Yellowjackets: Parallel Motion

Read "Parallel Motion" reviewed by Peter Jones

Of the original 1977 members of the Yellowjackets, all but keyboards man Russell Ferrante departed long ago. But saxophonist Bob Mintzer, who joined in 1991, is still there and, to a large extent, the idea also lingers on: we hear echoes of it in the work of Snarky Puppy, for example. That idea was/is ...


News: Recording

Robben Ford and Bill Evans New Album 'Common Ground' Out On September 30th On MPS

Robben Ford and Bill Evans New Album 'Common Ground' Out  On September 30th On MPS

MPS is proud to announce the release of the newest project by Robben Ford and Bill Evans, called Common Ground on September 30th, 2022. The multiple times Grammy nominees Ford and Evans have shared the stage in Europe, North America and even Japan and already released a collaborative album called The Sun Room together in 2019 ...


Article: SoCal Jazz

The Weckl/Kennedy Project: Live at The Catalina Jazz Club

Read "The Weckl/Kennedy Project: Live at The Catalina Jazz Club" reviewed by Jim Worsley

If you are a fan of fusion, you likely know that Tom Kennedy and Dave Weckl started playing together in their early teens. Recently, Weckl reminisced about that glorious time in their lives, while on stage at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. Yes, it was the Weckl/Kennedy Project playing the finale of a three-night engagement. ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus a Celebration of Jazz Capricorns Sade, Melba Liston and More

Read "New Releases Plus a Celebration of Jazz Capricorns Sade, Melba Liston and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast presents new releases from Pete Malinverni, Remy Le Boeuf's Assembly of Shadows and the Yellowjackets. In the first hour, songs by Sade and in the second hour a set of tunes honoring composer, arranger trombonist Melba Liston to celebrate their birthdays. Other Capricorn shoutouts include Rachel Z, Chelsea McBride, Christine Tobin, Ingrid Jensen, Andrea ...

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Drummer, David Cowan is a Los Angeles-based musician who is available for recording sessions, and live performances. He has performed with great musicians and performers including Brian McKnight, Howard Hewitt, Clark Terry, Les McCann, Ralph Peterson, Don Byron, Esperanza Spaulding, Jessica Vautor, The Boston Pops, Lalah Hathaway, Frank McComb, Shirley Caesar, Ali Woodson, Daryl Coley, Jennifer Holiday, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., The Fifth Dimension, Tom Coster, Abraham Laboriel Sr. Walter Beasley, Andre Ward, Errica Campbell (from gospel duo Mary Mary) and many more. Currently, David is promoting the latest release from his LA based Afro-Latin funk/Rock band One Tribe Nation!


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