3 New Discs From Posi-Tone, Part 1: Benjamin Drazen’s Inner Flights

Thanks to the good folks at Posi-Tone records I've been receiving their new releases after reviewing Ralph Bowen's latest in the April issue of Downbeat.  Except for the work done by saxophonist Sean Nowell for the label (who happens to be a friend of a friend and a super nice guy) I was pretty unfamiliar …

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Burning Terrell Stafford Set from the Village Vanguard

If you didn't get a chance, check out the Terrell Stafford Quintet in action last week at the Village Vanguard.  Burning burning burning.  You can find it here.  The set is all Billy Strayhorn, and the group features saxophonist Tim Warfield, whose new disc, Sentimental Journey (which features Stafford) I reviewed in either the November or …

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My views on much needed new forms of jazz criticism (at least for me)

As I was writing a couple reviews for Downbeat last weekend and earlier this week I started to fully comprehend something that has been percolating in my brain the last few months or so: that a good deal of the time the 250-300 word CD review found in popular jazz magazines, or in other jazz …

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