WBGO Blog
  • Guitarist Steve Khan: "Subtext"

    July 31, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Guitarist Steve Khan talks with Gary Walker about his CD "Subtext," which features his Latin jazz compositions and reimaginings of songs by Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter.

    Khan is joined on the album by trumpeter and flugelhornist Randy Brecker, Rob Mounsey on keyboards, bassist Reuben Rodriguez, drummer Dennis Chambers and percussionists Marc Quiñones and Bobby Allende.

    To read WBGO music director Gary Walker's full review of the album, click here. Enjoy!

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  • Saxophonist Bruce Williams: "Altoicity"

    July 31, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Saxophonist Bruce Williams talks with Rhonda Hamilton about his recording "Altoicity" and work with students across New Jersey. Williams performs in at the Two River Theater in Red Bank August 1st and 2nd, and in the Montclair Jazz Festival on August 16. Enjoy!

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  • Bourne's Montreal: Prizes Galore

    July 31, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    I’m a judge for the festival's annual week-long competition of jazz groups from across Canada.  They compete on outdoor stages for the TD Bank Grand Prix: money and three festival gigs.

    Photo by Marie-Claire Denis
    Photo by Marie-Claire Denis

    I have a ritual with my long-time frere de jugement, Martin Roussel, director of the jazzfest at Rimouski (334.9 miles along the St. Lawrence seaway north-east from Montreal).

    When we hear, sometimes more than half-way through the contest, a group good enough to win, we show an index finger:  "That's One!"

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    Whoever plays thereafter will have to be better, and this year the TD "One" was a swingingly interplaying piano-bass-drums trio from Ontario, The Pram Trio.

    Photo by Marie-Claire Denis
    Photo by Marie-Claire Denis

    There's also a special prize for the best composition, granted by the satellite television service Galaxie.

    This year, we voted the Galaxie prix to Montreal bassist Rick Rosato, composer of a tune without a title - only called “New Untitled”…

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