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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

“Interstellar Adventures” is focused keenly on tradition and searching beyond it

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Interstellar Adventures makes good on the promise displayed on 2017’s Promethean, the young pianist’s debut for Posi-Tone, and 2015’s Live at Smalls, his first as a leader. It also far surpasses them in originality and pluck. Where the earlier outings, particularly Promethean, showed Hill to be an imaginative player with one eye focused keenly on tradition and the other eagerly searching bey ...Read More

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August 12th, 2018 at 3:26 pm

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Turn it up and feel the power of “Interstellar Adventures”

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Pianist and composer Theo Hill, a native of Albany, New York, first studied jazz piano with the late (and, in her neck of the woods, legendary Lee Shaw (1926-2015). After graduating from the Jazz Conservatory at SUNY/Purchase, Hill moved to New York City.  Slowly yet steadily, he has built quite the resume working with drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, trumpeter Wallace Roney, vocalist Grego ...Read More

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June 11th, 2018 at 9:52 am

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Great first review for the new release “Straight Forward” by New Faces

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The independent label Posi Tone Records has the mantra “…to provide the highest quality recordings of the most relevant musicians on today’s jazz scene.” Co-owners producer Marc Free and engineer Nick O’Toole have been doing just that since 1994.  It seems 2018 will be no different. Free assembled his New Faces group from musician members of the Posi Tone stable of artists and produced ...Read More

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January 2nd, 2018 at 5:25 pm

Daringly creative and original is the new one from Theo Hill

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Theo Hill is a young pianist who hails from Albany, NY who now lives and works in New York City.  Over his decade-plus in the city, Hill has worked and recorded with the likes of trumpeter Charles Tolliver, trombonist Frank Lacy, drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, saxophonist Dave Liebman, trombonist David Gibson (he’s on two CDs with his band), the Mingus Big Band, and many others.  H ...Read More

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June 17th, 2017 at 11:15 am

Why the World Needs More Folks Like David Gibson

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If you follow trombonist David Gibson on Facebook, or are FB “friends” with him, you’re likely familiar with some of his posts that cover a whole host of topics, from the power of music, to what it means to be a professional, how to act on a gig, how to communicate with people you might not agree with, etc. In these posts he is always positive, insightful, and generally optimistic. Now I ...Read More

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November 8th, 2016 at 10:34 am

Musicalmemoirs’s likes the no nonsense straight ahead jazz from David Gibson

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I have to begin this review by complimenting Positone Records. Every CD this company has sent to me reflects a high quality of jazz artists. It’s been a joy listening to each and every one of them. David Gibson is no exception to this course of excellence. “Inner Agent”, the title tune, is an original composition by Gibson and sets the mood for this entire project. It’s Straight Ahead, no ...Read More

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September 26th, 2016 at 9:42 am

Music and More blog on “Inner Agent” by David Gibson

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Trombonist David Gibson has created a fine modern mainstream jazz album with his fourth Posi-Tone release. Performing alongside him are Freddie Hendrix on trumpet, Theo Hill on piano, Alexander Claffy on bass, Kush Abadey on drums. Saxophonists Doug Webb and Caleb Curtis guest on a couple of tracks as well. The title track “Inner Agent” opens the album in an up-tempo fashion with bright soundi ...Read More

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July 23rd, 2016 at 12:09 am

WBGO has David Gibson’s “Inner Agent” on its radar

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When trombonist David Gibson put out “Boom” last year, one listen and you knew this guy likes working with no net. Told me the feeling was exhilarating to make music this way. It’s also quite fulfilling to listen to and see live, something I made sure happened with David Gibson. With “Inner Agent”, Gibson’s upcoming release from Posi-tone Records, the trombonist ...Read More

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June 10th, 2016 at 12:53 pm

Midwest Record like what they hear on “Inner Agent” by David Gibson

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This trombone man almost has enough wind in him to sound like a big band by himself.  A high octane set with a mystical bent, Gibson smokes his way through this set delivering the kind of high energy blowing that is sure to put him on your list of those to keep an ear out for.  Obviously playing from the gut and the heart, this music connects and opens your mind as well as your ears.  Solid stu ...Read More

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May 24th, 2016 at 1:52 pm