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Dr. George Shaw’s website defines music as: “The manipulation of sound and silence in the context of formal elements for the purpose of expressing emotional content.” In the early 1980s, the trumpeter/ flugelhorn player began dipping into early synthesizers, computers, and MIDI, setting it all up in his living room. Encounters, his 1986 solo album, pits his horn against a rubbery backdrop of synthesizers and drum machines, with dashes of what he calls “computer-controlled synthesis.” He’s downright maudlin on the well-worn tunes “That’s What Friends Are For” and “When a Man Loves a Woman,” but smooth and spry on numbers like “Phone Home” and “6295 Sw Fisher.”

Andy Beta

Night-glo cover


Carla Bley, Steve Swallow
Blowout cover


John Carroll Kirby
Walk Alone cover

Walk Alone

Napoleon Cherry
Funky Donkey cover

Funky Donkey

Luther Thomas & Human Arts Ensemble
Harlem Bush Music: Taifa cover

Harlem Bush Music: Taifa

Gary Bartz NTU Troop
To Know Without Knowing cover

To Know Without Knowing

Mulatu Astatke, Black Jesus Experience
From the Closet cover

From the Closet

Daryle Chinn
Energy Control Center cover

Energy Control Center

Bubbha Thomas & The Lightmen
Iron City! cover

Iron City!

Grant Green