Travis Rogers

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04/11/16    Albums

George Colligan Does It All on "Write Them Down"

He was the drummer for Kerry Politzer’s great piano Jazz albums and was so again on his early 2015 release Risky Notion. He has developed a bass proficiency to go with all the keyboards, horns, percussion and now, with the release of Write Them Down (Resonant...

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04/11/16    Albums

Yvonnick Prene's "Breathe"... And A Most Unusual Quartet.

I first heard Yvonnick Prene on bassist Lorin Cohen’s debut album, Home. I remember wondering who this fantastic harmonica player was. I was directed to his 2015 album with guitarist Pasquale Grasso, Merci Toots—a tribute to harmonica pioneer Toots Thielemans...

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04/11/16    Albums

Ellis Willis Sounds Out the "Call to Battle"

In 2014, Ellis Williams released his debut album, Euphoria, to authentic admiration and an expanded expectation of what more would follow. It has been two years and Williams has now released Call to Battle. Guitarist/Producer Andrew “Hawksilver” Piland knows...

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04/11/16    Albums

Chris Ziemba Delivers a "Manhattan Lullaby"

Pianist Chris Ziemba’s Manhattan Lullaby is a planetary alignment of several admired elements. A recent graduate of Julliard, Ziemba is himself an educator. His quartet consists of top-flight players: Michael Thomas on alto saxophone and bass clarinet, Hans...

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03/30/16    Albums

"Land of the Descendants" by the Chembo Corniel Quintet

In the Autumn of 2012, Wilson “Chembo” Corniel, Jr. released what became one of my favorite albums of all time, entitled Afro Blue Monk. It was filled with brilliant compositions from Mongo Santamaria, Thelonious Monk and more. The band was hot and Chembo...

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03/21/16    Albums

Enrique Haneine Reveals "The Instants of Time"

Enrique Haneine was born in Mexico City (of Lebanese ancestry) and is currently living in New York City. All of those influences and environments have found their way into the captivating and cultivating forms discovered within the confines—if there are...

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03/21/16    Albums

Rebecca Kilgore's "Moonshadow Dance"

Moonshadow Dance is the gozillionth recording by Rebecca Kilgore. This album, however, is an amazing partnership between Kilgore, Mike Horsfall and Ellen Vanderslice wherein all three contribute original music and lyrics.

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03/20/16    Albums

Sarah King and The Smoke Rings Bring Back the Swing...and the Fun!

What a fun and charming jump back to the Swing Era! Sarah King and the Smoke Rings have released a self-titled debut album with some of my absolute favorite songs from that glorious time and I enjoyed every second of the experience.

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03/19/16    Albums

Of Color(s)/(UN)-folding from Curtis Stewart

Curtis Stewart has created a musical offering of incredible scope and depth with Of Color(s)/UN-folding. From the original compositions to the arrangements of Jazz, Classical and Pop pieces to the colorful and unfolding packaging which protects it, this...

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03/01/16    Community Articles

A New Experience in Sound

I was privileged to be asked to test out the new BenQ TreVolo portable electrostatic Bluetooth speaker. I have tested it over and over through all kinds of conditions, placements and musical genres. While I am not the guy who can rattle off frequencies and...

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12/31/15    Albums

Julian Julien's "Terre II" is Indeed a Brave New World

Julian Julien is an extraordinary saxophonist and a fabulous composer. He paints in lush tones using a full orchestra with him to create grand vistas of sound. The orchestra supports the piano, bass and drums with other featured woodwinds, strings and more...

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12/31/15    Albums

Doug MacDonald is "Solo Plus"

Talk about working without a net. Doug MacDonald’s solo plus is a live recording of solo Jazz guitar. Risky business that.

12/31/15    Community Articles

The Jazz Owl's Favorites for 2015

It was an amazing year of great music from astonishing musicians. So many great vocalists and so very many great debut albums. This was the most difficult year, so far. If you haven’t heard the following albums, songs or artists, do yourself a favor and...

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12/18/15    Albums

Rik Wright's Fundamental Forces goes "Green"

Rik Wright is a brilliant musician and composer. The newest album of Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces, entitled “Green,” is another step in his artistic evolution. There is brilliant texturing and breadth to this fascinating album.

12/18/15    Albums

Rik Wright's Fundamental Forces goes "Green"

Rik Wright is a brilliant musician and composer. The newest album of Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces, entitled “Green,” is another step in his artistic evolution. There is brilliant texturing and breadth to this fascinating album.

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12/10/15    Albums

"Sea Changes" by Eric Olsen ReVision Quartet

Eric Olsen has made a name for himself as a pianist and organist, conductor, composer and arranger in both Jazz and Classical music. He has appeared on 17 albums as leader and accompanist. With the Blujazz release of “Sea Changes” (BJ3433), Olsen has...

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Travis Rogers joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 29, 2012