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Chris Colangelo – Elaine’s Song

Chris Colangelo – Elaine’s Song Bassist and composer Chris Colangelo has recently released his CD Elaine’s Song on C-Note Records. The self-produced recording features Colangelo’s signature bass sound along with a world class supporting cast. Saxophonists Bob Sheppard, Zane Musa and Benn Clatworthy are each featured along with John Beasley on piano and Steve Hass […]

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Warburton Ultimate Sax Neck and Mouthpieces

Warburton has recently launched its new series of sax necks and mouthpieces. The Ultimate Sax Neck has taken its cue from many of the innovations and advances Terry Warburton has been so successful with in his line of trumpet mouthpieces and accessories. Eric Falcon of Warburton and formerly JodyJazz has been at the center of […]

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Ralph Bowen – Due Reverence

Ralph Bowen – Due Reverence

Saxophonist Ralph Bowen steps into the limelight for the second time on Posi-Tone Records with his newest release Due Reverence. The quartet features Adam Rogers on guitar, John Patitucci on bass and Antonio Sanchez on drums. The quartet transforms into a quintet for one song with Sean Jones on trumpet and of course, Bowen on […]

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Jim Snidero – Crossfire

Jim Snidero – Crossfire

Alto saxophonist Jim Snidero recently released his newest recording Crossfire on Savant Records. For those not familiar with Snidero's playing, he has traveled the well-worn path from the University of North Texas (North Texas State) to New York City. He has played big band lead alto with a who’s who of today’s jazz big bands […]

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Drake Ceramic Instruments

Drake Ceramic Instruments

Inventor, craftsman and professional musician Aaron Drake has recently released a new line of saxophone and clarinet mouthpieces and accessories. The Ceramic Custom, Vintage Resin and Ceramic Chamber saxophone mouthpieces all share a common ingredient – ceramics. At first glance, one might think that a ceramic mouthpiece would be brittle and prone to chipping and […]

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Fred Lipsius – Only Love Exists

Saxophonist and Berklee College of Music professor Fred Lipsius recently released his spiritual recording Only Love Exists. The project was written and produced by Lipsius and recorded at Audioworks Recording Studio in Medford, Ma – just outside Boston. Lipsius who is probably best known for being the original saxophonist in the group Blood, Sweat and […]

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Bob Mintzer - Canyon Cove

Bob Mintzer – Canyon Cove

Saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator Bob Mintzer has released Canyon Cove on Cheetah Records. The organ trio recording features Larry Goldings on Hammond B3, Peter Erskine on drums and Mintzer on tenor saxophone, bass clarinet and flute. The title Canyon Cove aptly reflects Bob Mintzer’s new digs on the West Coast these past couple years. […]

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Walter Beasley Live – In the Groove

Walter Beasley Live – In the Groove

Saxophonist and Berklee professor Walter Beasley has just released his first live CD on Affable Records. Walter Beasley Live – In the Groove features Beasley on alto and soprano saxophone as well as lead vocals. Glen Douglass on keyboards, Wayne Jones on guitar, Webster Roach on bass and Lil John Roberts on drums round out […]

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Aaron Heick – Daylight & Darkness

Saxophonist Aaron Heick has recently released his inaugural CD Daylight & Darkness. Currently a freelance saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist living in New York City, Heick is no stranger to the studio. He became a long-time member of R&B diva Chaka Khan’s touring band, following what was to be a one-time recording session. Over the past 20 […]

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