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Unbelievably amazing coverage for the label and some of our latest releases Jacam Manricks, Steve Davis, and Wayne Escoffery coming to us courtesy of the Something Else! musicblog…

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010 Some positively solid releases from Posi-Tone Records (2009, 2010) by Pico One of the newer jazz labels that’s been on a roll lately is Marc Free’s outfit, Posi-Tone Records. Started up in 1994, Posi-Tone is a rare independent label that’s done a remarkable job in balancing its roster with top shelf veterans and some of the more promising young talent, speci ...Read More

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July 9th, 2010 at 1:43 am

A nice AAJ piece featuring reviews of our latest Organ Jazz releases: Wayne Escoffery “Uptown” and the Dan Pratt Organ Quartet “Toe the Line”….

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www.allaboutjazz.com The State of Organ Jazz 2010, Part I: Wayne Escoffery, Dan Pratt and Matthew Kaminski By C. Michael Bailey Organ-based jazz inhabits a unique place as a sub-genre. The combination of the sacred churchy organ with the decadence of blues and bebop made for a heady brew after the introduction of the format by Wild Bill Davis and Bill Doggett in the 1950s. Qualitatively, the name ...Read More

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April 22nd, 2010 at 6:51 pm

An insightful review of our record “Playdate” (featuring Amanda Monaco, Wayne Escoffery, Noah Baerman, Vinnie Sperazza and Henry Lugo) taken from the pen of AAJ writer John Barron…

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Playdate brings together a trio of long time friends and musical collaborators. Guitarist Amanda Monaco, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, and pianist Noah Baerman have known each other since high school, studying music together at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, Connecticut. The ensemble is rounded out by bassist Henry Lugo and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza for a lively quintet set of ori ...Read More

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April 5th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Dan Bilawsky’s AAJ review for “Playdate” featuring Amanda Monaco, Wayne Escoffery, Noah Baerman, Vinnie Sperrazza, Henry Lugo….

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by Dan Bilawsky www.allaboutjazz.com While children spend after school-hours and weekends working on homework and spending time with their families, they also have play dates. They get together with other like-minded friends to let loose and blow off some steam. Musicians often do the same thing and, appropriately enough, three of the five performers on Playdate have been friends since high school ...Read More

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April 5th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

A nice write-up for Playdate taken from the Audiophile Audition…..

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audad.com By Daniel Krow Playdate – Playdate – Posi-Tone Records PR8055, 49:23 ****: (Wayne Escoffery, tenor and soprano saxophone; Noah Baerman, piano;Amanda Monaco, guitar; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums, Henry Lugo, acoustic bass) Playdate is made up of three high school friends (Noah Baerman, Wayne Escoffery, and Amanda Monaco, who all attended the jazz program at New Haven’s Educat ...Read More

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April 1st, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Music and More review of “Uptown”….

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jazzandblues.blogspot.com Wayne Escoffery – Uptown (Posi-Tone, 2009) Tenor Saxophonist and composer Wayne Escoffery has slowly been building a fine resume, both as a leader and a sideman with the likes of the Mingus Big Band and trumpeter Tom Harrell. On this album, he leads a hard swinging band with Avi Rothbard on guitar Gary Versace on organ and Jason Brown on drums. “No Desert̶ ...Read More

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February 16th, 2010 at 11:16 am

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ejazznews review for Wayne Escoffery “Uptown”…

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www.ejazznews.com Saxophonist Wayne Escoffery transmits maturity beyond his years, and has been in the thick of things within modern jazz since the early 2000’s. He’s an impressive solo artist who has recorded and performed with trumpeter Tom Harrell, vibist Joe Locke and Ben Riley’s Monk Legacy Septet among other jazz luminaries. Here, Escoffery conveys assertive leadership via the democrat ...Read More

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January 30th, 2010 at 11:19 am

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Sound Bites review of “Uptown”….

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www.jazzobserver.com Wayne Escoffery Uptown (Posi-Tone) www.escofferymusic.com Rating: This well-named disc from tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery pulses with urban energy and old-school soul, contrasting firmly modernistic jazz statements with swinging feel-good grooves. Escoffery’s solos are like towering monoliths, huge, dense and hard as stone, as his notes spill over in seemingly endless s ...Read More

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January 10th, 2010 at 11:28 am

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the zookeeper reviews Wayne Escoffery’s “Uptown”….

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zookeeper.stanford.edu WAYNE ESCOFFERY: Uptown Posi-Tone, 2009 BOP/SOUL-JAZZ – This well-named disc from tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery pulses with urban energy and old-school soul, contrasting firmly modernistic jazz statements with swinging feel-good grooves. Escoffery’s solos are like towering monoliths, huge, dense and hard as stone, as his notes spill over in seemingly endless streams ...Read More

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January 10th, 2010 at 11:26 am

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Brad Walseth reviews “Uptown”…

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www.jazzchicago.net Uptown Posi-tone Records Wayne Escoffery, tenor saxophone; Avi Rothbard, guitar; Gary Versace, organ; Jason Brown, drums. Britain-born Wayne Escoffery teams with Israeli-born Avi Rothbard for many of the original compositions on this recording. The music is mainly straight-ahead, and the musicians find an easy groove on practically all the songs and stick with it. Escoffery not ...Read More

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December 21st, 2009 at 11:46 am

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