COUNTING BEATS

Reviews and Recommended Jazz by Nick Bewsey

Tag: Christian Sands

BEN WILLIAMS, COMING OF AGE

A TOP RECORDING OF 2015. A WRTI CD RECOMMENDATION. It was easy to see why Ben Williams’ debut, State Of Art (Concord, 2011), made such a splash. It had a deserved buzz around a rising talent and remains a primer for how to make a modern jazz record. Since then, besides heavy side gigging and touring with his Sound Effect band (Christian Sands, Marcus Strickland, Matthew Stevens and John Davis), the 30-year-old Williams had a key role in Pat Metheny’s Unity Group – the band played over 150 shows internationally in 2013. That’s a lot of experience in a compressed time frame, so it’s not surprising his follow up, Coming Of Age, is a rush of pleasure from beginning to end. Read my full review at www.wrti.org

ULYSSES OWENS, JR, ONWARD & UPWARD

 

A TOP JAZZ RECORD OF 2014: Recently, there’s been no shortage of excellent, forward-looking jazz albums led by drummers. For jazz fans who put groove and swing in their plus columns, Grammy®-winner Terri Lyne Carrington, Kendrick Scott, Antonio Sanchez, Matt Wilson and Rudy Royston are taking music to new and satisfying heights. You can add Ulysses Owens, Jr. to this exceptional lineup – he’s a drummer determined to blaze his own trail with sonically inspired beats. Continue reading

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