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Nicholas Payton: Relaxin’ with Nick (Smoke Sessions)

Per its title, Relaxin’ with Nick captures Nicholas Payton fully laidback, on music culled from a weekend of performances at NYC’s Smoke earlier this year. Payton unfurls oft-brilliant trumpet and piano/keyboard lines and textures, sometimes simultaneously, over the hand-in-glove grooves of bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, the regular rhythm section for Bill Charlap, … Read More “Nicholas Payton: Relaxin’ with Nick (Smoke Sessions)”

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The Scene: Brigadoon by the Beach

The long-running Suncoast Jazz Festival, its 29th edition slated for this November on Clearwater Beach in Clearwater, Fla., might best be defined by the kind of festival that it isn’t. Unlike the area’s well-known big jazz festival, it’s not a single-venue outdoors affair dominated by non-jazz acts. Nor is it a fairgrounds-style event with multiple … Read More “The Scene: Brigadoon by the Beach”

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Amendola vs. Blades: Everybody Wins (Royal Potato Family)

Having first collaborated for a 2006 performance of Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite, organist/keyboardist Wil Blades and drummer Scott Amendola stepped out as a recording duo with 2017’s cheekily titled Greatest Hits album. For their second release, journeymen musicians Amendola (Nels Cline Singers, T.J. Kirk, Bill Frisell) and Blades (Billy Martin, Stanton Moore, Charlie Hunter) … Read More “Amendola vs. Blades: Everybody Wins (Royal Potato Family)”

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