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Tom Gullion – Carswell (2009)

Tom Gullion – Carswell (2009)

by Pico We’ve heard and read so many times about how where a musician is physically has such great bearing on where he’s at musically. Some jazz musicians become vitalized, inspired, motivated by the hustle and bustle of the diverse, vibrant big city scene. Tenor saxophonist Tom Gullion is not one of those musicians. On the contrary, Gullion finds hisRead More

Three Reliable Vets from HighNote Records: Joey DeFrancesco, Houston Person and Cedar Walton (2009)

Three Reliable Vets from HighNote Records: Joey DeFrancesco, Houston Person and Cedar Walton (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron This installment of Quickies takes a glance at three new offerings from HighNote Records. HighNote Reocrds, in case you didn’t know, has been around since 1996, a creation of former Muse Records founder and Prestige Records exec Joe Fields. As a longtime veteran of the whole jazz record biz, Fields had been able to stock hisRead More

Jacques Schwarz-Bart – Abyss (2009)

Jacques Schwarz-Bart – Abyss (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron There’s a special class of jazz record labels whereby you don’t even have to know the artist to get an idea of the kind of music that’s in store for you when you pop in that CD for the first time. If it’s an ECM, you’re usually in for some immaculately recorded, highly-minded Euro-jazz. A classicRead More

Ryan Blotnick – Everything Forgets (2009)

Ryan Blotnick – Everything Forgets (2009)

photo: The Picture Booth by S. Victor Aaron Last year came the debut of a promising young guitarist, composer and bandleader Ryan Blotnick, who was already thinking beyond conventional melodic structures and places intelligence over cheap licks. We took notice at the time, and Music Needs You received our praise, noting that “Blotnick’s composing pen puts a welcome emphasis onRead More

Wadada Leo Smith – Spiritual Dimensions (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron Born in the Mississippi Delta town of Leland, MS just a few miles west of BB King’s hometown of Indianola, Wadada Leo Smith didn’t pick up a guitar and started singing the blues but his mark on music ended up having a worldwide impact, anyway. After trying out the French horn, drums and mellophone, young LeoRead More

Bobby Previte – Pan Atlantic (2009)

Bobby Previte – Pan Atlantic (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron Previte has from the start been a “go it alone” kind of guy and found success taking that route, a remarkable achievement considering that drummers usually have to first make their mark as a member of a band. He’s gotten his due in a wide variety of ways: as a sessionist, a composer and bandleader. However,Read More

Gene Segal – Hypnotic (2009)

Gene Segal – Hypnotic (2009)

Russian-born Brooklyn-raised guitarist and composer Gene Segal may have released his first album Hypnotic only this past July, but there was a lifetime of intense schooling that brought him to this point. Having earned multiple music degrees, Segal also studied under established guitarists as diverse as Scott Henderson, John Abercrombie, Vick Juris, Gene Bertoncini and Paul Meyers. He’s played inRead More

One Track Mind: Phil Upchurch & The Clinton Administration – "Flashlight" (2009)

One Track Mind: Phil Upchurch & The Clinton Administration – "Flashlight" (2009)

by Pico Phil Upchurch is a guitarist I’ve known about for a long time, from his stint in George Benson’s band in the late seventies. Even though he was the rhythm guitarist in a band that was fronted by one of the greatest jazz guitarists of all time, Upchurch managed to grab my attention with funky rhythms and clean chording;Read More

Quickies: Four More From Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records

Quickies: Four More From Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records

by S. Victor Aaron Last year we spotlighted a trio of CD’s that made up the maiden releases by a new record label, the artist-run collective Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records. A year later last June, there were three more BJU records to examine. And here we are less than six months after that, and there are now four more newRead More

Anson Wright & Tim Gilson – Ukiah's Lullaby (2009)

Anson Wright & Tim Gilson – Ukiah's Lullaby (2009)

by Pico To say Anson Wright is diversely multi-talented is like saying that the sun is hot. This true rennaisance man who graduated from Princeton has drove taxis, built cabinetry, run a trucking company and written published novels and poetry. He also knows a thing or two about playing a guitar. He’s learned guitar from such illustrious plectrists as HowardRead More

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