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Hailed by the New York Times as "a tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and hard-driving style," J.D. Allen is one of the most thoughtful jazz saxophonists on the scene today. The Detroit natives apprenticeship has largely been in New York, where he has performed, recorded, and toured with legends Lester Bowie, George Cables, Betty Carter,Louis Hayes , Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Frank Foster Big Band, Winard Harper, Butch Morris, David Murray, Wallace Roney, and contemporaries Cindy Blackman, Orrin Evans, Marcus Gilmore, Russell Gunn, and Me'shell N'degeocello, Dave Douglas among others. J.D.'s debut album, In Search Of..

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling

Read "A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


A look at Rudy Royston's resume tells you that the drummer should be more recognized. Royston has racked up credits with Nate Wooley, Jon Irabagon, Tom Harrell, Aruán Ortiz, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bill Frisell, JD Allen, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ron Miles, Noah Preminger, Ben Allison, Tim Ries, Alex Sipiagin, Linda May Han Oh, Bruce Barth, Don Byron, ...

Article: Book Review

Ugly Beauty - Jazz In The 21st Century

Read "Ugly Beauty - Jazz In The 21st Century" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Ugly Beauty Phil Freeman 250 pagine ISBN: #978-1-78904-632-8 Zer0 Books 2021 Critico musicale da tempo presente nelle riviste musicali e nei blog statunitensi e inglesi (The Wire, Down Beat, Jazziz, The Village Voice, Stereogum ecc...) Phil Freeman si occupa sia di jazz che di metal (è stato capo ...

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Article: Live Review

The Afro Algonquin Trio Live at Michiko Studios

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The Afro Algonquin Trio Michiko Studios New York, NY November 20, 2021 The TrioLee “Mixashawn" Rozie is a member of the Maheekanew Confederacy of Algonquin-speaking people. Rozie is Mohegan and his name “Mixashawn" means “the messenger on the wind." The multi-instrumentalist has not been heavily recorded over his long career, perhaps, ...

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News: Crowdfunding Campaign

Support the LINER NOTES indiegogo fundraising campaign

Support the LINER NOTES indiegogo fundraising campaign

As LINER NOTES enters its fourth season in July, I am making an appeal for funding in order to keep it going. I ask you to click here to watch a short video explaining the situation and the motivation for this appeal. I am passionate about LINER NOTES, a podcast that I started in 2018. ...

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News: Recording

Pianist Lisa Hilton Releases More Than Another Day with Rudy Royston and Luques Curtis on Ruby Slippers Productions

Pianist Lisa Hilton Releases More Than Another Day with Rudy Royston and Luques Curtis on Ruby Slippers Productions

More Than Another Day (Ruby Slippers Productions) is the latest release from composer / pianist / producer, Lisa Hilton. Hilton and her longstanding band mates: Rudy Royston on drums, and Luques Curtis on bass, as well as JD Allen on tenor saxophone, had just finished the first half of their tour for their 2020 album, Chalkboard ...

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More Than Another Day

Label: Ruby Slippers Productions
Released: 2020
Track listing: More Than Another Day; Retro Road Trip; Secret Beach; I've Got You Under My Skin; Blues and Beauty; No Sleep Until...; Dear Life of Mine; Karma Chaos; Today I Looked At Love; So This Is Love.

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Live at Firehouse 12

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Pilgrim's Progress; Silly One; Tale of Bricks; Carla's Day; Detroit.

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Article: We Travel the Spaceways

The Volcanic World Of Pyroclastic Records

Read "The Volcanic World Of Pyroclastic Records" reviewed by Mark Corroto


As listeners we so often typecast musicians and music labels. Artists are pigeonholed into silos: classical, jazz, rock, blues, pop, etc.. Go into any record store (if you can find a brick & mortar one) and this segregation, a forced separation, is also evident. Even streaming services are divided in this manner. Maybe it is just ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tenor Sax Trios: JD Allen, Charles Owens, Mark Turner

Read "Tenor Sax Trios:  JD Allen, Charles Owens, Mark Turner" reviewed by Russell Perry


Since Sonny Rollins' landmark recordings in 1957 and 1958 (Way Out West, A Night at the Village Vanguard, Freedom Suite), tenor sax plus bass and drums has been an attractive format for many tenor players. As Michael J. West wrote in Jazz Times “when jazz artists ... began experimenting with chordless ensembles in the 1950s, the ...


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