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& Carvin: Two Master Drummers">Cobb & Carvin: Two Master Drummers

Date: 03.26.2006
Publication: All About Jazz
Author: Jim Santella


The jazz drummer is never just a timekeeper. He or she works with the bassist to keep the music driving, but works hard to color every song with various textures that portray appropriate moods. The drummer will solo, and if inclined, may wish to show off a little. A veteran will adapt distinctive techniques to his performance that allows us to recognize him clearly from a distance.

When the drummer is also a leader, everybody benefits from the designs that he employs, and from the strong foundation that he provides. It’s usually democratic. Everybody does his share, and everyone enjoys a certain amount of freedom. This works out especially well when the drummer shares his experience with his band members as a teacher.
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Michael Carvin

Date: 03.14.2006
Publication: Marsalis Music
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Submitted by Ben on March 14th, 2006 — 01:00am

Marsalis Music Honors Michael Carvin

Date: 03.01.2006
Publication: All Music Guide
Author: Ken Dryden
  

Michael Carvin has been instrumental in developing the careers of other percussionists as a coach (his preferred term over teacher), but the veteran drummer has had infrequent opportunities to record as a leader during his long career. This Marsalis Music CD, Carvin’s first release in a decade, demonstrates his masterful musicianship, working with a trio of younger musicians who are obvious inspired by his playing. The sizzling introduction to “I’ll Remember April” avoids typical approaches, powered by the leader’s unusual percussive accents.
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Submitted by Ben on March 1st, 2006 — 01:00am

Doug Wamble Blue State

Date: 08.01.2005
Publication: Jazz Times
Author: Jon Pareles

 

Terms like “eclectic” sell Doug Wamble short. His sophomore release, with pianist Roy Dunlap, bassist Jeff Hanley and drummer Peter Miles, is a 21st-century drama with gospel, blues, Americana, neosoul, bop and modal characters strutting across the stage. In his liner notes, fellow guitarist-vocalist Matt Munisteri pinpoints the singularity of Wamble’s art as well as anyone could hope to, but let me remark on a few vibrant qualities: the rootsy purity of Wamble’s guitar tone; the advanced content of his improvised lines; and the winsome drawl of his singing voice, but also its haunting, preacherly power.
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Submitted by Ben on August 1st, 2005 — 12:00am

Bluestate Moves Farther Into Jazzy Territory

Date: 06.23.2005
Publication: Toronto Star
Author: Greg Quill

On his second outing produced, as was his debut, Country Libations, by Branford Marsalis, the American singer/guitarist/songwriter moves farther into jazz territory, though it’s clearly his formative country/folk environment that sustains his sensibilities.

The opener, “If I Live to See the Day,” is a biting indictment of American foreign policy, as powerful a protest song as we’ve heard in decades, dressed up in Weather Report drag.
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Submitted by Ben on June 23rd, 2005 — 12:00am

Doug Wamble: Blue State

Date: 06.16.2005
Publication: Jazzitude.com


Doug Wamble’s second album as a leader, Bluestate, captures an artist breaking completely into his own voice. Wamble’s playing is joyous, humorous, sharp, intelligent, and deeply felt. With Bluestate Wamble joins a select group of adventurous guitarists who work from the jazz mode and pull elements from other styles of music as they like: Bill Frisell and Kurt Rosenwinkel are two that come quickly to mind.
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Submitted by Ben on June 16th, 2005 — 12:00am

Arts and more in brief: Summer Jazz to open 21st season June 11

Date: 05.19.2005
Publication: Marblehead Reporter Read more »

Submitted by Ben on May 19th, 2005 — 12:00am

Marsalis Music : Doug Wamble and Miguel Zenón

Date: 05.15.2005
Publication: All About Jazz
Author: Mark F. Turner


The fledgling Marsalis Music Label celebrates another anniversary with sophomore releases by two of its most exciting young artists: Bluestate by guitarist Doug Wamble and Jíbaro by saxophonist Miguel Zenón. Their debuts recordings were well received by the jazz community by delivering music filled with diversity and fresh outlooks. One of the key freedoms allowed by producer Branford Marsalis to these artists was to let them simply be themselves and channel there own ideas and experiences into the music and the mindset continues on these noteworthy recordings.
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Submitted by Ben on May 15th, 2005 — 12:00am

Review: Bluestate

Date: 05.10.2005
Publication: Barnes & Noble
Author: Ted Panken

 

At 30, Doug Wamble is a quadruple threat: accomplished singer-songwriter, eclectic composer, killer guitarist, and heady improviser. His second album, Bluestate, illuminates the broad well of influence from which he draws. Building on Country Libations, his 2003 debut, the Memphis-born Wamble, whose resume includes gigs with Cassandra Wilson, Madeleine Peyroux, the Millennial Territory Orchestra, and Wynton Marsalis, references a heap of southern roots vernaculars — urban and rural blues, gospel, country, bluegrass — and the complex threads that comprise the vocabulary of modern jazz expression.

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Submitted by Ben on May 10th, 2005 — 12:00am

Featured Artist: Doug Wamble

Date: 05.09.2005
Publication: Jazzreview.com
Author: Don Williamson


Now that Branford Marsalis has his own record label and distribution agreement, he has moved into the signing of promising new artists that Marsalis’ immersion in the entertainment business has enabled him to recognize. One of the fortunate results of Marsalis’ keen eye—and ear—for talent is Doug Wamble, who emerged without warning in 2003, when he released Country Libations. That CD allowed Wamble’s group to tour more extensively, to work on new material and to develop a unique sound—part gospel, part political, part blues, part swing, part country, part fusion, part pop, part avant-garde, part world music, part balladic—an amalgam that contains the combined personalities of the musicians.
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Submitted by Ben on May 9th, 2005 — 12:00am