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August 19, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, Don Heckman writes frequently about jazz for The Times
Imagine you're a jazz drummer without a gig for the night, cruising the clubs to check out the competition. You stop in to hear a young phenom named Leon Parker, a guy who is supposedly charting his own path on percussion. But the only drum-related instruments on the stage are a snare drum and a cymbal. Parker, you figure, hasn't finished setting up his kit.
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August 19, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, Don Heckman writes frequently about jazz for The Times
Imagine you're a jazz drummer without a gig for the night, cruising the clubs to check out the competition. You stop in to hear a young phenom named Leon Parker, a guy who is supposedly charting his own path on percussion. But the only drum-related instruments on the stage are a snare drum and a cymbal. Parker, you figure, hasn't finished setting up his kit.
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February 19, 1995 | Don Heckman
Chestnut's second album reveals a real potential for commercial success, with a number of briskly swinging, soul-jazz-styled pieces. Centered on those tunes alone, this could easily be a breakout album in the Les McCann style. But Chestnut also has other aspirations--apparent in his stretched-out improvisation on "Steps of Trane," the lyricism of "My Funny Valentine" and classically inspired "Baroque Impressions."
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April 4, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, Don Heckman is The Times' jazz writer
With the neoclassic fascination--in some cases obsession--with jazz of the '40s and '50s beginning to wane, emerging young artists of the late '90s are finally beginning to seek their own pathways. And, lacking the presence of a major influential voice such as a John Coltrane or a Miles Davis, they are moving forward in an intrepid array of musical quests. At 31, with several albums already under his belt, Charlie Hunter is not exactly a new arrival.
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April 4, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, Don Heckman is The Times' jazz writer
With the neoclassic fascination--in some cases obsession--with jazz of the '40s and '50s beginning to wane, emerging young artists of the late '90s are finally beginning to seek their own pathways. And, lacking the presence of a major influential voice such as a John Coltrane or a Miles Davis, they are moving forward in an intrepid array of musical quests. At 31, with several albums already under his belt, Charlie Hunter is not exactly a new arrival.
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May 14, 1995 | Bill Kohlhaase
DAVID SANCHEZ "Sketches of Dreams" Columbia * * * Puerto Rican-born saxophonist David Sanchez takes a Pan-American view of jazz, invigorating the urban tradition with the kind of percussive color that recalls Dizzy Gillespie's embrace of Afro-Cuban rhythms almost 50 years ago. Applying his own often R&B-influenced sound--a strategy that recalls his contemporary, Joshua Redman--to this rhythmic melange makes for a stimulating juxtaposition in styles.
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May 29, 1994 | ZAN STEWART
DAVID SANCHEZ "The Departure" Columbia * * * * Say hello to a new and vibrant jazz voice. Rare is it that a player not yet 30 plays with authority, presence and verve, not to mention creativity. But one aesthetic strength is followed by another on this exhilarating debut by the gifted, youthful tenor (and occasionally soprano saxophonist) from Puerto Rico. The Latin and mainstream realms are both explored--sometimes within the same piece.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1989
A 35-year-old Vista man who authorities suspect set a fire in his own apartment early Friday was in serious condition after the blaze. Leon M. Parker suffered burns on his hands and back during the 5:40 a.m. fire that caused $26,000 damage to the apartment in the 500 block of Los Angeles Drive, authorities said. Parker was taken to the UC San Diego Medical Center burn unit after Vista firefighters found him in another apartment across the complex, Sheriff's Lt. David Herbert said.
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March 1, 1998 | Don Heckman
Trumpeter Tom Harrell's consistently attractive playing in an extremely wide array of musical environments has made him one of the most admired jazz improvisers of his generation. But he also is an impressive composer who has only occasionally had the opportunity to display that aspect of his talent. In this new release, he finally has a free hand to compose for a variety of different instrumentations in a program completely dedicated to his originals.
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February 19, 1995 | Don Heckman
Chestnut's second album reveals a real potential for commercial success, with a number of briskly swinging, soul-jazz-styled pieces. Centered on those tunes alone, this could easily be a breakout album in the Les McCann style. But Chestnut also has other aspirations--apparent in his stretched-out improvisation on "Steps of Trane," the lyricism of "My Funny Valentine" and classically inspired "Baroque Impressions."
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June 1, 1995 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the hands of pianist Jacky Terrasson, standard tunes are transformed, expanding and contracting in ways their composers never imagined. Tuesday night at Catalina Bar & Grill, Terrasson deconstructed the familiar themes of "Lover Man," "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" and "Bye Bye Blackbird," then, in stirring style, refashioned them in his own image.
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April 2, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It may not exactly be the full picture, but at least one compelling element in the future of jazz is on display this week at Catalina Bar & Grill. The duo of guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Adam Cruz is exuberantly charging into the next century with the kind of enthusiasm and imagination that can attract crowds of new listeners to jazz. And that's precisely what they did on Tuesday night, in the opening set of a six-night run.
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