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