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Black Art Jazz Collective: Armor of Pride (HighNote)

What’s in a name? The Black Art Jazz Collective welcomes the question. The bristling hard-bop swagger of this all-black sextet of bandleaders and first-call sidemen sends a message as palpable as the Langston Hughes quote (about the “duty of the younger negro artist”) that’s set beside Cheryl Pelt’s breakdown of jazz as a historical tool … Read More “Black Art Jazz Collective: Armor of Pride (HighNote)”

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Johnathan Blake: Gone, But Not Forgotten

Inspired by jazz luminaries who have recently departed, Johnathan Blake’s second album as a leader explores material by Cedar Walton, Jim Hall, Mulgrew Miller, Paul Motian, Frank Foster, Frank Wess and Eddie Harris. The NYC-based, Philly-born drummer also pays tribute to three of Philadelphia’s finest musicians: Charles Fambrough, Trudy Pitts and James “Sid” Simmons, and … Read More “Johnathan Blake: Gone, But Not Forgotten”

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