Author Archives: The Independent Ear

The Intrepid improvising biker

There is so much to be done on earth, do it soon! I cannot carry on the everyday life I am living; art demands this sacrifice too. Rest, diversion, amusement – only so that I can function more powerfully in … Continue reading

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The Inspiration of Margaret Walker spawns new composition

Composer Randy Klein has been inspired by the poetry of the great Margaret Walker Jazz composition and what motivates composers is a source of endless fascination for me, as one who appreciates composition on the same scale as inventive improvisation. … Continue reading

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A Journey into [personally] uncharted territory

“It’s not about how much you know, it’s how much you hear that counts.” – NEA Jazz Master Benny Carter (as told to trombonist Ira Nepus; from The Quotable Musician by Sheila E. Anderson) June has always been a splendid … Continue reading

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Mark Rapp goes Into the Shed

Trumpeter Mark Rapp first came to my attention through our mutual friend & colleague, artist manager Gail Boyd of Gail Boyd Artist Management. At that point Mark had completed what turned out to be a lovely Billy Staryhorn-focused record with … Continue reading

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LaFrae Sci

I first met drummer-bandleader LaFrae Sci back in ’97 when we decided to honor Ella Fitzgerald with a “Remembering Ella” theme for the 1997 edition of Tri-C JazzFest. In Ella’s honor we placed an emphasis on women artists on the … Continue reading

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