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Michael Dease: Bonafide (Posi-Tone)

Trombonist/composer Michael Dease is a porkpie-hat kind of guy. On his new album, Bonafide, he strives to make fragrant both the swing and bop roots of the jazz tradition, and understands how an ensemble transforms the most personalized improvisations into acts of camaraderie. When Dease brings four trombones to bear on Phineas Newborn Jr.’s “Theme … Read More “Michael Dease: Bonafide (Posi-Tone)”

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OSU Jazz Orchestra: Solid Gold (OSU Jazz Studies)

This Oklahoma State University big-band project is an intense collaboration with trombonist Michael Dease, whose straight-ahead sound and bubbling font of musical ideas can bring out the best in the players around him. That happened here. Dease, who enjoys a dual career path—he plays and tours with a variety of ensembles, and he’s on the … Read More “OSU Jazz Orchestra: Solid Gold (OSU Jazz Studies)”

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Michael Dease: Decisions

Following 2014’s Relentless, his first foray into big-band territory, trombonist Michael Dease is back on familiar ground, leading a small-group session with saxophonist Tim Green, pianist Glenn Zaleski, bassist Rodney Whitaker and Ulysses Owens on drums. Scaled-back in size doesn’t mean lesser in impact though: The 10 tracks on Decisions, most written by Dease, are … Read More “Michael Dease: Decisions”

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Michael Dease: Relentless

Like doo-wop, trad-jazz or rockabilly, big-band jazz is so closely associated with a bygone era that any musician testing its waters must find a way to transcend retro or just give in and drag out the charts from the swing era. Trombonist Michael Dease, on his debut big-band effort, transcends. One way the bandleader-who’s led … Read More “Michael Dease: Relentless”

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Michael Dease : Coming Home

Good new trombone players do not come along as often as, say, good tenor saxophone or trumpet players. Enter Michael Dease. On the very first track, “Solid Gold,” he rockets through a convoluted line like he doesn’t know it’s hard. Then there’s Freddie Hubbard’s “Take It to the Ozone,” a famous lip-buster for trumpet players. … Read More “Michael Dease : Coming Home”

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MIchael Dease: Grace

The buttery, assured trombonist Michael Dease is at home with everything from classic jazz to frantic bop to Brazilian samba. His fourth album as a leader finds him in fine company, with a rhythm section of pianist Cyrus Chestnut, bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Gene Jackson, and an excellent modernist foil in promising young saxophonist/flutist … Read More “MIchael Dease: Grace”

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