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Jazz Trail reviews “Force Field” the sophomore album by Sam Dillon

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Even boasting a very personal diction when discoursing, the young American saxophonist Sam Dillon brings an impressive amount of different influences to his ripe sophomore album, Force Field. Strongly inflected with the hard bop idioms from the 50’s and early 60’s, Dillon, who possesses an outstanding technique, offers a classic-derived repertoire bolstered by creative spins that show how swin ...Read More

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October 15th, 2019 at 8:19 am

Michael Dease clearly continues to break his own barriers and push towards that sweeter spot with “Bonafide”

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Trombonist Michael Dease was born in Augusta, Georgia. His propensity for the arts landed him at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School, where he studied saxophone, voice and trumpet. During his senior year, after sage advice from another Augusta, Georgia jazz mainstay, Wycliffe Gordon, Dease pointed his ambition towards the trombone, what would ultimately become his primary instrument. De ...Read More

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November 24th, 2018 at 1:30 pm

4 star review from AAJ for the new one “Fast Friends” by Doug Webb

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There is nothing as soul cleansing as bebop. Period. When you couple the music with the sunshine of Los Angeles (OK, when the smog has cleared) there is a medicinal, tonic effect to be had. Enter L.A. session saxophonist Doug Webb, a contributor to film and television, and member of big bands led by Bill Holman, Doc Severinsen, and Don Menza. Fast Friends is his eighth release for Positone. His pr ...Read More

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September 29th, 2018 at 3:04 pm

A great review of the new one from Behn Gillece “Walk Of Fire”

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Vibraphonist Behn Gillece has been a fixture on the New York jazz scene for the past decade, notably in his project with one of this era’s great tenor sax player/composers, Ken Fowser. Gillece also has a cooker of a new album, Walk Of Fire due out mid-month from Posi-Tone Records and a show coming up on August 5 at 10:30 PM at his Manhattan home base, Smalls. Cover is the usual $20. This is the ...Read More

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August 4th, 2017 at 10:23 am

Dease makes this a personal and intimate statement from top to bottom

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Michael Dease’s humanity comes pouring out of his trombone on All These Hands (Posi-Tone Records). His 12 original, straight-ahead compositions trace the story of the spread of jazz across the United States, paralleling the African-American migration from the South up through the Midwest and the Eastern Seaboard and reflecting the musical character of different cities and regions. Upbeat, open, ...Read More

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January 24th, 2017 at 11:39 am

With an impressive group of musicians Michael Dease has acquired “All These Hands”

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Trombonist, composer, arranger, producer and educator Michael Dease is one busy musician.  “All These Hands” is his 10th CD as a leader and fourth for Posi-Tone.  It’s a musical tour of the United States and how jazz moved from town to city to region.  Dease has organized an impressive group of musicians with pianist Renee Rosnes appearing on seven of the 12 tracks, drummer Le ...Read More

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January 9th, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Through struggle came this joyful, triumphant music – “All These Hands” – by Michael Dease

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For Michael Dease’s 10th album and fourth for Posi-Tone Records, the trombonist, composer and bandleader chooses to take us on a trip. An historical trip with twelve stops, that is, and the mode of transportation is his music. All These Hands, out January 6, 2017, examines the birth and development of jazz as it moved from its New Orleans cradle, up to the Midwest and over to the east coast, eve ...Read More

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January 6th, 2017 at 6:24 pm

Just What the Doctor ordered, “All These Hands”, by Michael Dease

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Gathering a hand picked bunch of all stars to make the trek with him as he brings his sound and vision to fruition, Dease and his bunch make a history of jazz recording that has no dust on it and sounds much more looking forward than looking backward.  A dazzling set that’s striking in it’s ability to say something new here, this is more than a pleasingly swinging set that cooks.  A solid wo ...Read More

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December 2nd, 2016 at 11:18 am

Chance Meeting Lands Junior Role as Drummer on “Father Figure” by Michael Dease

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A UT student drummer has made his professional debut on a recently released album. Luther Allison, a junior jazz student in UT’s School of Music, recently recorded on jazz trombonist Michael Dease’s newest album, Father Figure, which was released on April 22. When one of his professors recommended him for the drummer at the Jazz Trombone Institute summer camp in Brevard, North Carolina, Alliso ...Read More

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June 24th, 2016 at 9:12 am

Downbeat hops on the trail blazed by Michael Dease on “Father Figure”

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Michael Dease is an inventive trombonist with an athletically tuneful sound and a predilection for bringing his instrument’s voice to the fore. Having built the foundation of his career as a section player in bands led by Christian McBride and Roy Hargrove, he has now become a preeminent leader in his own right. Within his preferred artistic setting—the bop-oriented small group—he has record ...Read More

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June 6th, 2016 at 1:10 pm