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Orrin Evans – Faith In Action (2010)

Orrin Evans – Faith In Action (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron In the promo video below, pianist Orrin Evans performs the first cut from his new album Faith In Action, and the camera ever so slyly captures a picture of Thelonious Monk in the background. The subliminal advertising is undoubtedly intended to suggest that Evans’ playing style is inspired by one of the all-time great composer andRead More

It’s a Jon Irabagon Extravaganza!

It’s a Jon Irabagon Extravaganza!

If you look at the list of past winners and finalists of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competitions, it’s quite impressive: Aaron Parks, Marcus Strickland, John Ellis, Sam Yahel and Miles Okazaki, just to name a few. In 2008, the winner was an alto and tenor saxophonist from the Philippines named Jon Irabagon, and Mr. Irabagon has wasted little timeRead More

Adrian Belew Power Trio – e (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron Guitarists who played in Frank Zappa’s band early in their career (Steve Vai, Mike Keneally) usually go on to greater success but like their old mentor, take paths not usually taken by rock stars. Adrian Belew falls squarely into that category. He was already good enough when he left The Mothers to tour and record withRead More

Robert Cray – This Time (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron Robert Cray’s era of peak popularity from the mid-eighties to the early nineties was due to his strong crossover appeal. Back then, he was a blues man at heart, but poured in a lot of soul and just a little bit of rock. His songs were modernized twists on the old themes of love found, loveRead More

Otis Taylor – Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs (2009)

Otis Taylor might very well be the greatest bluesman of the 21st century. Not the best blues-rocker, not the best Delta bluesman or soul-bluesman; just the best straight-up bluesman. That’s because when I listen to any Taylor record, I hear strong echoes of the Delta blues, while detecting a restless musician who pushes the dusty genre forward with unusual instrumentationsRead More

Aaron Parks – Invisible Cinema (2008)

Aaron Parks – Invisible Cinema (2008)

photo by Mamoru Kobayakawa Last August 19, jazz pianist Aaron Parks released the first major label album of his young solo career, Invisible Cinema. And who is this Aaron Parks, you ask? Seattle native Parks is something of a fast learner. He skipped high school to study math, computer science and music and the University of Washington. Before long, heRead More

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