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Alvin Batiste

Date: 06.18.2007
Publication: PopMatters.com
Author: Will Layman

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Submitted by Ben on June 18th, 2007 — 12:00am

Bonnaroo: Hippie Fashion Statements and Protest Songs

Date: 06.17.2007
Publication: The New York Times
Author: Jon Pareles

 

Back in the 1960’s, the hippie counterculture briefly looked like a political opposition to a protracted war. At Bonnaroo this year, hippie fashion statements also go with protest songs and anti-Bush pronouncements. Perhaps that’s no surprise at a festival that includes longtime politically inclined rappers like the Roots, Michael Franti and El-P, who tour to the same collegiate audience that comes to Bonnaroo. Friday’s lineup also included Manu Chao, the globe-trotting, mostly Spanish-speaking songwriter whose hopped-up reggae and ska songs decry violence and poverty, support human rights (especially for immigrants and displaced people) and savor romance and marijuana.
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Submitted by Ben on June 17th, 2007 — 12:00am

Year in Review '06 Readers Poll

Date: 01.01.2007
Publication: Jazztimes


The January/February 2007 issue of JazzTimes features the magazine’s Readers’ Poll, which lists tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland, the featured soloist on Marsalis Music Honors Michael Carvin, as “Best New Artist” of ’06 ”

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Submitted by Ben on January 1st, 2007 — 01:00am

The Beat goes on for master drummer

Date: 08.04.2006

Publication: The Star - Ledger
Author: Zan Stewart Read more »

Submitted by Ben on August 4th, 2006 — 12:00am

& 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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