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Guilhem Flouzat Trio: A Thing Called Joe (Sunnyside)

Guilhem Flouzat, 32, is a different drummer. His third album as a leader is a radical move. He plays songs you know. Almost no one in the new jazz generation does that. They all think they are composers. Flouzat’s strong previous recording, Portraits, was much more typical. It contained his originals exclusively. Therefore you are … Read More “Guilhem Flouzat Trio: A Thing Called Joe (Sunnyside)”

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Louis Hayes: Serenade for Horace (Blue Note)

Had Louis Hayes merely taken a leisurely stroll down memory lane in paying tribute to his former boss, Horace Silver, that would have been perfectly fine. The 80-year-old drummer, who joined Silver’s legendary quintet when he was 19, has durable Silver classics such as “Señor Blues” (from his first album with the pianist, 6 Pieces … Read More “Louis Hayes: Serenade for Horace (Blue Note)”

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Vinnie Sperrazza: Juxtaposition (Posi-Tone)

Juxtaposition, drummer-composer Vinnie Sperrazza’s seventh full-length album, just doesn’t pop. With tenor saxophonist Chris Speed, pianist Bruce Barth and bassist Peter Brendler, he gets the ensemble right for this straight-ahead date; these musicians are, at worst, sterling professionals, the leader included. Sperrazza has a flair for exploiting the kit’s colors, and lacks the bombast of … Read More “Vinnie Sperrazza: Juxtaposition (Posi-Tone)”

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Frank Rosaly: Milkwork

Thirty-six year old drummer Frank Rosaly lives in Chicago. He has worked with musicians from Chicago, New York, Europe and has his own quintet, Viscous. His physically gorgeous white solo LP Milkwork, from 2009, grew out of a renewed curiosity in the music of late 20th century classical composers while he was composing a group … Read More “Frank Rosaly: Milkwork”

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Robby Ameen: Days in the Life

Although he’s been a leading drummer on the Latin pop and jazz scene for over two decades, this is the first album where Robby Ameen has served as both leader and principal composer/arranger. Definitely a drummer’s date, it spotlights Ameen’s versatility, with the emphasis on Afro-Cuban rhythms and rocking beats. It’s not surprising that he … Read More “Robby Ameen: Days in the Life”

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Dana Hall: Into the Light

Chicago-based drummer Dana Hall literally decided on a career in music when he realized it wasn’t rocket science. The Brooklyn-born, Philadelphia-raised musician studied both aerospace engineering and percussion at Iowa State University, and worked for the Boeing Company for two years before choosing his current propulsion system. But on his debut CD as a leader, … Read More “Dana Hall: Into the Light”

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