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Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: The Hope I Hold (Greenleaf)

Is it really protest music if the dominant emotion within the songs is hope? That’s one of the questions raised by the sometimes reflective, sometimes questioning, always uplifting music on The Hope I Hold, the third album by trombonist Ryan Keberle and his socially aware band Catharsis. “I am the poor white, fooled and pushed … Read More “Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: The Hope I Hold (Greenleaf)”

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Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Find the Common, Shine a Light (Greenleaf)

With Find the Common, Shine a Light, trombonist Ryan Keberle has now issued three albums in five years with his piano-less ensemble Catharsis, each one a thoughtfully conceptual disc boasting Keberle’s superb arrangements. But this latest Catharsis outing sacrifices the prominence of the group’s musical virtues for topical social commentary. The purpose here is to … Read More “Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Find the Common, Shine a Light (Greenleaf)”

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