Author Archives: The Independent Ear

The intrepid sessions detective

A few years ago some distinctively packaged recordings arrived on the scene that at first glance appeared to be new additions to the re-issued jazz recordings landscape that has been a steady reality in the music since the late 1970s/early … Continue reading

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Jerome Jennings – Drumming man

From my past 18-year tenure as artistic director of Tri-C JazzFest (Cleveland), one of my great delights has been witnessing the full-scale professional flowering of young musicians who came up through TCJF and Cuyahoga Community College’s student jazz education ranks. … Continue reading

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Sarah Elizabeth Charles: Free of Form

Several years ago, on assignment to write a magazine piece on the burgeoning crop of players and subsequent influence on the jazz scene from arriving young Caribbean musicians. Initial investigation turned up a number of exceptional and vital musicians… but … Continue reading

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TK Blue: The (African) Rhythm Continues

The joyous alto and saxophone and flute sound of T.K. Blue (aka Talib Kibwe) has been part of my consciousness for many moons. Before we even met his sound was a subliminal presence. The first time I actually encountered his … Continue reading

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Dressed to Thrill vol. 2

This is the second in an occasional Independent Ear feature focusing on jazz musicians’ various “looks” on the bandstand. Just in case you missed our premise, from the vol. 1 installment: Historically, jazz musicians have for generations been among music’s … Continue reading

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