Travis Rogers

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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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12/07/15    Albums

The Fred Hughes Trio Promises "I'll Be Home for Christmas"

The Fred Hughes Trio has turned in some beautiful previous recordings such as "Out of The Blue", "Live", "No Turning Back," "Love Letters" and, on DVD, "In Concert." Now Hughes with Amy Shook (bass) and Frank Russo (drums) have offered a terrific holiday...

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11/27/15    Albums

"Aegean" -- A Sea of Jazz Sound by Jacob Varmus.

Jacob Varmus’ 2015 release “Aegean” is a commissioned piece for Jazz septet. Apostolos Georgopoulus is the patron and Jazz fan for the funding of the album. And we feared the Renaissance was over…

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11/27/15    Albums

Cowboys & Frenchmen Ride It Out on "Rodeo"

You’ve got to love a Jazz band who calls themselves “Cowboys and Frenchmen.” Talk about polar opposites. But this is 21st century Jazz, where boundaries and genres are blurred…or just ignored. “Rodeo” does just that by incorporating Pop, R &B and Folk...

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11/27/15    Albums

Herb Silverstein is Always "Younger Next Year"

Herb Silverstein, MD, is a well-known ear surgeon and the founder and president of two institutes. In the early 1980s, he was introduced to the music of Chick Corea and it awoke something inside of him which has grown deeper with each passing year.

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11/27/15    Albums

George Varghese --"Back in Time"

“Back in Time” may be many people’s first exposure to George Varghese but he has already set his stamp in India where he has won seven national com petitions for “Best Lead Guitarist.” Now calling Seattle home, Varghese is guitarist and producer at Verge...

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11/08/15    Albums

"Holmes" by the Jeff Benedict Big Band

Jeff Benedict’s Big Band was put together in the best way imaginable—he chose his best and oldest friends. They come from all over and their esteem for each other cements their talent into one tight ensemble. “Holmes” is the resulting album of this collected...

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11/08/15    Albums

“BossaToo” by Kristine Mills

“BossaToo” is Kristine Mills’ sixth album and, once again, she plunges deep into the trove of bossa nova’s riches. With her is Klaus Mueller on piano and keyboards, Itaiguara Brandão on guitar and bass, Portinho on drums and Rafael Barata on percussion...

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11/08/15    Albums

“Invisible Man” by Frank Kohl Quartet

“Invisible Man” is Frank Kohl’s third album as a leader. More of a gigging guitarist, Kohl is practically a fixture in two Jazz cities—New York and Seattle. His three albums are spaced widely apart in 1982, 2008 and 2015 with performing filling the intervening...

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11/08/15    Albums

Randy Bernsen's "Grace Notes" is Full of Both

It has been over 30 years since the release of Randy Bernsen’s first album, “Music for People, Planets and Washing Machines,” appeared on MCA Records and gave the Jazz world a prophetic vision of what would follow over the next four decades. All the best...

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10/25/15    Albums

“One for My Baby; to Frank Sinatra with Love”...Laura Dickinson's Debut Album

In the liner notes of her debut album, “One for My Baby; to Frank Sinatra with Love,” Laura Dickinson sets the background and the mood for this incredible album. She writes of when she was 13 years old would listen with rapt attention to Sinatra’s “The Best...

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Travis Rogers joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 29, 2012