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Meet The AfroPhysicist

Read our review of AfroPhysicist, the widely-anticipated OKeh debut of trumpeter Theo Croker.

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Getting Festy

Friday April 11, 2014

3.-Dianne-Reeves-Jack-Vartoogian.jpgWhat we call the World's Best Jazz Festival Guide just got better with scads of updates for festivals through the month of June. Check it out.

Dianne Reeves will be making the rounds at this year's festivals. Photo by Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images

New Collection From Freddie Bryant

Thursday April 10, 2014

Bryant & Co

"This album is a highly personal portrait of my influences from straight-ahead to Brazilian and classical guitar but also the key factor of my parents who were consummate concert artists." So says Freddie Bryant about his new release Dreamscape: Solo-Duo-Trio (available now on GJKSounds).  Alternating between nylon string classic guitar, archtop jazz guitar, 12-string acoustic and electric guitar, Bryant moves about a repertoire that includes originals as well as standards like Monk's "Ask Me Now" and Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat."

Joining him for the duo and trio cuts are acclaimed musicians and bandleaders in their own right: multi-reedist Chris Potter (performing on tenor and soprano saxophones as well as bass clarinet) and bassist Scott Colley, who appeared earlier this week in Portland on the bandstand with saxophonist Donny McCaslin (reviewed here). "I played with them back in the late '80s-early '90s," Bryant recalls, "and their playing was always exceptional. They can play anything, and they play it beautifully and interactively too."

Learn more about the record here.

Photo of Scott Colley, Freddie Bryant and Chris Potter by Fernando Azevedo/Courtesy of GJKSounds

New Review: Theo Croker's AfroPhysicist

Thursday April 10, 2014


Afro PhysicistAs we noted last week, Theo Croker's highly-anticipated third album, AfroPhysicist, drops May 20th on Dee Dee Bridgewater's DDB Records (via Sony/OKeh). Read our review here.

Album art courtesy of OKeh

Danny Fox Drops New Set

Thursday April 10, 2014

Wide Eyed

Pianist Danny Fox and his trio dropped their new album, Wide Eyed, on the world yesterday via Hot Cup Records. The second release from the group, which features bassist Chris van Voorst van Beest and drummer Max Goldman, is available on CD, via download and on limited edition vinyl. Drawing on influences as wide-ranging as Duke Ellington and The Meters, Fox's ensemble has been fittingly described as a "modern Ahmad Jamal Trio."

Check out a cool stop-action video of the band here and look for the band at these venues in the East and Midwest.

Wed. April 30 - Cliff Bell's, Detroit, MI | Thurs. May 1 - Merriman's Playhouse, South Bend, IN | Fri. May 2 - Constellation, Chicago, IL | Sat. May 3 - Jazz Estate, Milwaukee, WI | Sun. May 4 -  House Concert, Music on a Mission, Lorain, OH | Mon. May 5 - Dick's Den, Columbus, OH | Wed. May 7 - Boxer's, Huntingdon, PA | Fri. May 9 - Subculture, NYC | Sun. May 18th - Bop Shop, Rochester, NY

Album cover image courtesy Hot Cup Records

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