Archive for July, 2009

July 27th 2009
The Jazz Session #68: E.J. Strickland

Posted under Drummers & Podcast

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Jason Crane interviews drummer and composer E.J. Strickland. Strickland’s new album is called In This Day (Strick Muzik, 2009). E.J. and his twin brother Marcus grew up in Miami, sons of a musical father. They knew early on that they wanted to be musicians, and they’ve pursued that path with a single-minded devotion. On In This Day, E.J. Strickland’s vision is realized not just from the drum chair, but compositionally as well. He wrote or co-wrote every tune on the record.

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July 20th 2009
The Jazz Session #67: Arturo O’Farrill

Posted under Pianists & Podcast

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Jason Crane interviews pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill. He won a Grammy for his 2008 recording Song For Chico (ZoHo, 2008), named for his father, composer/arranger Chico O’Farrill. In this wide-ranging interview, O’Farrill talks about the forgotten roots of jazz, the need to embrace hand-drumming, and how jazz can only move forward by learning about its past.

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July 13th 2009
The Jazz Session #66: Miles Okazaki

Posted under Guitarists & Podcast

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Jason Crane interviews guitarist and composer Miles Okazaki about his album Generations (Sunnyside, 2009). The album finds Okazaki mining some of the same territory from his debut record, Mirrors, but this time with a focus on in-depth exploration and group improvisation. Featuring standout work from saxophonists Miguel Zenón, David Binney, and Christof Knoche; along with vocalist Jen Shyu, drummer Dan Weiss, and bassist Jon Flaugher. In this interview, Okazaki talks about the philosophy behind the album, and why the music also stands on its own.

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July 6th 2009
The Jazz Session #65: Kate Schutt

Posted under Guitarists & Podcast & Vocalists

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Jason Crane interviews singer/songwriter Kate Schutt about her album Telephone Game (ArtistShare, 2009). Schutt has walked a different path than the average musician. She went to Harvard, where she played Division I lacrosse and hockey. She also went to the Berklee College of Music to hone her jazz chops. She speaks Chinese because her high school offered it. She’s an American, but she lives in Guelph, Ontario, a place she describes as the “Austin, Texas of Canada.” And on Telephone Game, she let her fans contribute to the songwriting process. Learn more at KateSchutt.com.

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