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Logan Richardson: Shift

Shift is a welcome return to the emotive stylings of Logan Richardson, the Paris-based, Kansas City-born saxophonist and composer who garnered respect as a fluent voice with his 2007 debut Cerebral Flow (Fresh Sound) and projects with peers like pianist m: Gerald Clayton in NEXT Collecti… [ read more ]

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John Blevins: Matterhorn

Back in the 1960s, when the music now commonly known as fusion was called “jazz-rock,” the earliest bands to get plastered with said label were essentially funk and rock rhythm sections–guitar, bass, keys and drums, plus or minus congas–with a lead singer and a jazzy horn section tacked on. Think… [ read more ]

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Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang: For Ed Blackwell

This forty-two minute continuous recording of drummers m: Hamid Drake and m: Michael Zerang was released on the occasion of the 25th anniversary performance of their Winter Solstice Concerts in December 2015. The percussionists’ tradition of welcoming the return of the sun to…

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Matt Parker Trio: Present Time

Following the well-deserved critical praise for his sextet debut, Worlds Put Together (BYNK Records, 2013), saxophonist/composer Matt Parker returns with a core trio and guests on Present Time. Former classmates from NYC’s New School, bassist Alan Hampton and drummer Reggie Quinerly, join Parker on… [ read more ]

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University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One 2014-15: Local Color

In Local Color, the latest in a long series of splendid albums by the University of Northern Iowa’s Jazz Band One, color is one of the primary ingredients; every number, in fact, is awash in radiant colors, from the prismatic opener, UNI alum Michael Conrad’s “Gerry’s Timepiece,” to the chimerical c… [ read more ]

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Roswell Rudd and Heather Masse: August Love Song

I am reading a book entitled When Breathe Becomes Air by Dr. Paul Kalanithi. The book details the most fundamental things of life, those things as close to us as skin. He derives his title from the 17th Century sonnet series by Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, an Elizabethan poet, dramatist, and st…

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Roswell Rudd: August Love Song

I am reading a book entitled When Breathe Becomes Air by Dr. Paul Kalanithi. The book details the most fundamental things of life, those things as close to us as skin.

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