Suprise, surprise: Hugh Laurie is a world-class jazz pianist

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By Michael DAntuono in New Music on Friday 11 November 2011

You probably know Hugh Laurie as the grumpy doctor in the TV show House. Well, the guy is full of surprises. The British (surprise number one) actor is also a world-class jazz pianist. He plays a smokin’ version of the old blues classic St. James Infirmary on his recently released debut album, Let Them Talk.

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Barbiero and Ghaphery: wild improvised jazz

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By Crawford Blair and Mark Beazley in New Music on Friday 6 May 2011

This is a brand new project from Silver Spring by Jazz bassist, Daniel Barbiero, and reed and wind player, Jimmy Ghaphery. All the pieces are recorded in one take and totally improvised, ranging from hard-edged full-on improvised blasts, to reflective bowed bass and flute. This is some of the best improvised music I’ve heard in […]

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