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James Zollar Debuts at #17 on the CMJ National Jazz Radio Chart

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James Zollar After a twelve year recording hiatus as a leader, Zollar re-emerges with Zollar Systems, a refreshingly sharp hard bop recital, bristling with energy and sonic acuteness. Tired of that old Blue Note '50s-'60s blowing session model? Think again. Zollar breathes new life into the old form, tightening it up and repackaging it for the 21st Century. This is apparent, right out of the chute with Daniel Jackson's “Chicago Preferred," in classic hard bop form: complex, rhythmically assertive head followed by solos. Zollar is more Kenny Dorham
Kenny Dorham
Kenny Dorham
1924 - 1972
trumpet
than Lee Morgan
Lee Morgan
Lee Morgan
1938 - 1972
trumpet
and it still doesn't reveal the tart, informed tone of the leader.



Zollar Debut's on the CMJ National Jazz Radio Chart issue #1142



17 - James Zollar, Zollar Systems (JZAZ)



18 - Chris Joss, Monomaniacs (ESL Music)


19 - David Leonhardt, Bach to the Blues (Big Bang)


20 - Mike LeDonne, The Groover (Savant)<

James Zollar

James Zollar
James Zollar
b.1959
trumpet
is a musical treasure hidden in plain sight. He has played and recorded as a sideman for a variety of artists, including Cecil McBee
Cecil McBee
Cecil McBee
b.1935
bass, acoustic
, Tom Harrell
Tom Harrell
Tom Harrell
b.1946
trumpet
, Weldon Irving and Sam Rivers
Sam Rivers
Sam Rivers
1923 - 2011
sax, tenor
, as a member of Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis
b.1961
trumpet
' brass section in the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The {Duke Ellington}} Orchestra and several of Don Byron
Don Byron
Don Byron
b.1958
clarinet
's bands. While he leads his own mainstream-oriented quintet, Zollar has recorded only one collection, the very fine Soaring With Bird(Naxos Jazz, 1998).


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