& 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