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Brad Barrett

“A true virtuoso of the double bass with unlimited abilities. The possibilities of Free Music afford him the challenge to operate on the frontier of music, while his great technique grounds him with precision and musicality.”

Joe Morris

Brad Barrett is a bassist, improviser, and educator. His practice engages the tools of improvisation and southern musical traditions to interrogate the complex interplay between freedom and structure. The Jazz Times has described Barrett’s style as “diced bits of Derek Bailey skronk” infused with “Delta blues twang,” and the Free Music Collective has lauded his playing as “singularly rhythmically genius.” In 2019, his first album, Cowboy Transfiguration—featuring Joe Morris on guitar and MacArthur Fellow Tyshawn Sorey on percussion—garnered critical acclaim for its distinctive sonic landscapes and virtuosity

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tribute Mary Lou Williams, PIano Trio Smorgasbord, Guitar Mental Block

Read "Tribute Mary Lou Williams, PIano Trio Smorgasbord, Guitar Mental Block" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a birthday wish for a forgotten Philly singer, a super set of piano trios featuring a new tribute to Mary Lou Williams. I work out my issues with jazz guitar with some ear opening duets, and more. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes us. Each week, we will explore the elements of ...

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Article: Album Review

Yoko Miwa Trio: Keep Talkin'

Read "Keep Talkin'" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Pianist Yoko Miwa was born in Japan, but she has set up shop in Boston, where she teaches at Berklee College of Music. She has also—beginning in 2003 with Fadeless Flower (Polystar Records)—previously released seven CDs. The superb Keep Talkin' brings that number of recorded offerings from Miwa to eight. The music of Keep ...

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Yoko Miwa Trio: Pathways

Read "Pathways" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Yoko Miwa is a pianist operating in the Boston area whose stylistic reach touches on funky gospel, bluesy bebop and dramatic pomp. She and her long time trio jump out nicely from the first track, the surging gospel rhythms of Marc Johnson's “Log O'Rhythm," drummer Scott Goulding providing a solid shuffle foundation to Miwa's pounding. They ...

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Yoko Miwa Trio: Pathways

Read "Pathways" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


It sounds like Boston-based pianist Yoko Miwa gathered her trio mates--bassist Will Slater and drummer Scott Goulding--outside the studio door and said: “Let's have some fun!" The result is Pathways, her seventh release as a leader, in a discography that includes Fadeless Flower (Self Produced, 2004), Canopy Of Stars (Self Produced, 2007, and Live At Sculler's ...

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Yoko Miwa Trio: Live at Scullers Jazz Club

Read "Live at Scullers Jazz Club" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Is live always better? Does the no second takes, out-on-a-limb aspect of playing in front of a live audience, and feeding off its energy result in the best recordings? It seems to work that way for Boston-based pianist Yoko Miwa on Live At Scullers Jazz Club, a mix of tunes from The Great American Songbook and ...

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Yoko Miwa Trio: Canopy of Stars

Read "Canopy of Stars" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


Born in Kobe, Japan but now a Boston area resident, pianist Yoko Miwa offers up another tasty collection of originals for her third release. She is accompanied by her longstanding trio of bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Scott Goulding, drums with bassist Bronek Suchanek subbing on two tracks. In a typically interesting series of ...

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Yoko Miwa Trio: Fadeless Flower

Read "Fadeless Flower" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Like so many jazz pianists, Yoko Miwa began her musical journey in classical music; and to jazz she brings the nuance, subtley and a forthright beauty engendered in her early studies. Miwa's right hand creates sparkling rivulets inside the rhythmic flow on songs like “In My Heart" and the disc's title tune, “Fadeless Flower," both compelling ...


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