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 Saturday, 20 September 2014
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The Ray Brown Tribute Trio Featuring Larry Fuller, Jeff Hamilton and Christoph Luty PDF Print
Written by Glenn A. Mitchell, LA Jazz Scene   
Thursday, 04 September 2014

Ray Brown Tribute Trio (L-R) Jeff Hamilton, Larry Fuller and Chris Luty (photo Art Pazornik)

A special tribute to the late, great Ray Brown was put together beautifully by drummer great Jeff Hamilton on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Newport Sunset Concerts at the Marriott Hotel.  This special trio is made up of Larry Fuller (piano), Christoph Luty (bass) and Hamilton (on drums).  All three are familiar with Ray Brown and his music compositions.  What was nice was that each of them took turns not only announcing the tunes, but sharing pertinent information about each tune, including for whom it was originally written or who first played it. Earlier in their careers,  Hamilton and Fuller spent a lot of time with Ray Brown’s trio, and memories of their days with Brown continue to inform their playing.       


Jazz Bakery Presents Tom Harrell's "Colors of a Dream" Sextet PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 17 August 2014

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Tom Harrell is widely recognized as one of the most creative and dynamic jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time.   Colors of a Dream , Harrell’s latest creation, will performon Thursday, August 21st at 8:00 p.m. at Zipper Concert Hall in Los Angeles.  Harrell takes his piano-less concept one step further with this sextet featuring alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, bassist - vocalist Esperanza Spalding and quintet members tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Johnthan Bkake.

LA Beat: Legendary Bassist Ron Carter Trio at Catalina Jazz Club PDF Print
Written by Glenn A. Mitchell, LA Jazz Scene   
Friday, 08 August 2014

Ron Carter Trio, L-R: Donald Vega, Ron Carter, Russell Malone (Photo byGlenn A. Mitchell)

Longtime, highly successful bassist Ron Carter brought his dynamic trio to Catalina’s Jazz Club for a three-day run, July 24-26.  His interesting trio is on tour for several weeks and is made up of remarkable all- star performers, Donald Vega (piano) and Russell Malone (guitar).  

I have been a fan of Carter’s for now fifty years, going back to the mid-sixties with his important and dynamic role in the best Miles Davis Quintet (in my opinion).  He also has gathered a long list of musical credits during approximately six decades performing jazz as a premier bassist.  The instrumentation of the Carter trio is somewhat unorthodox in not having the usual piano, bass, drums situation, but Carter is a strong bassist.  This mix makes a memorable sound – both as a unison voice and trio-wise in backing each member solos.  

Jazz Legend Ron Carter at Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles 7/24-26 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 20 July 2014

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Ron Carter's dexterity and harmonic sophistication on the bass have few rivals in the history of jazz. In addition to the bass, he has also employed both the cello and the piccolo bass (a downsized bass pitched somewhere between cello and contrabass), one of the first musicians to use those instruments in jazz settings.  He remains the most original, prolific, and  influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons. In the early 1960s he performed throughout the United States in concert halls and nightclubs with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy. The Ron Carter Trio performs atCatalina Jazz Club on Thursday, July 24th through Saturday, July 26th.

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