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Michael Carvin Experience: Flash Forward

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Michael Carvin’s career as a drum instructor might overshadow his extensive work as a performer. His students have included Eric McPherson, Nasheet Waits and Allison Miller, to name just a few. At the same time, his CV includes stints with B.B. King, Pharoah Sanders, Dizzy Gillespie and a bold sax-and-drums album with Jackie McLean (1975’s Antiquity).

Flash Forward comes eight years after Carvin’s last quartet session, part of the Marsalis Honor Series, and four years after the more experimental Lost and Found Project 2065. His new quartet takes on eight jazz standards-three of which appeared on the Marsalis album, in an effort to present them with a newer rhythmic approach. In that regard Carvin succeeds, pushing and inspiring his bandmates to a higher level.

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