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New Music: Troy Roberts, Taj Mahal, Julius Rodriguez

Taj Mahal / Photo by Phil Clarkin
At 82, Mahal’s guitar playing and voice is just as intense as his debut album in 1968.

Recently released music features original material from artist that represent the past, present and future of Jazz.

Troy Roberts, Green Lights

Returning for his 16th album as a bandleader, Saxophonist Troy Roberts’ new album Green Lights features a first-rate rhythm section of John Pattituci (Bass), Paul Bollenbeck (Guitar), and Jimmy MacBride (Drums). The quartet performed 10 original compositions from Roberts, running the gamut of jazz styles, straight ahead, fusion, and contemporary.

Taj Mahl, Swinging Live at the Church in Tulsa

A title that’s just as straightforward as the music, Taj Mahal reunites the roots of Blues and Gospel on his new live album. With plenty of crowd engagement, you’ll feel like you’re in the audience as Mahal and his sextet give a sermon of the blues. At 82, Mahal’s guitar playing and voice is just as intense as his debut album in 1968.

Julius Rodriguez, Evergreen

Set to release June 14th, Julius Rodriguez’ highly anticipated album will mark second in his early discography. Released via Verve, the classic label continues to grow and develop a new ear for the genre of Jazz, making this project a perfect match for both. Through Evergreen, Rodriguez (Piano) places an emphasis on the music, as Julius said “rather than letting a genre or label create a preconceived connotation of the music. The genre is me.”

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Terae Stefon looks to make his mark on an ever changing city. A Graduate of Franklin High School, he then attended Saint Martin’s University, majoring in English and Journalism. Terae found his way into radio by volunteering at local community radio stations HollowEarth and RainierAvenue Radio in Seattle and then at Total Traffic, keeping the region moving as a traffic reporter and producer.