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Courtney Pine: House of Legends

Nearly three decades since emerging as a solo artist, Courtney Pine remains a thrilling showman on the saxophone, prone to show off his virtuosity-especially his mastery of circular breathing-even when it’s not necessarily in service of the music. Pine’s expansive musical vocabulary has in the past played to his disadvantage, especially when he mars his … Read More “Courtney Pine: House of Legends”

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Courtney Pine: Transition in Tradition (En hommage a Sidney Bechet)

England’s Courtney Pine is always trying the music. Years ago, when he took a chance and dipped heavily into dance hall beats on his Closer to Home release, some traditionalists cried foul. But Pine, reaching for his personal roots, played powerful on Closer to Home. The album was full of meaning, and passion, and an … Read More “Courtney Pine: Transition in Tradition (En hommage a Sidney Bechet)”

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