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Tim Armacost (2004)

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Tim Armacost has led a life of constant motion. He has gathered knowledge and
experience around the globe, which forms the foundation of his passionate brand of jazz.
After landing in New York in 1993, Armacost quickly established his presence as a leader,
releasing his first two albums, “Fire” (Concord) and “Live at Smalls” (Double Time) to critical
acclaim. His hard hitting third release, “The Wishing Well,” (Double Time) announced the
arrival of Armacost’s working unit, featuring Bruce Barth, Ray Drummond, and Billy Hart. The
group has completed six successful tours in Europe and Asia, working with sponsors
Northwest Airlines, Marriott Hotels and Volkswagen, and followed up with an inspired second
recording, “Brightly Dark.” (Satchmo Records). Armacost’s current release, “Rhythm and
Transformation,” (ArtistShare 0064) features the quartet augmented by Ray Spiegel playing
Tabla, and the great Eddie Henderson on trumpet. Working with his quartet, the cooperative
group Hornz in the Hood with fellow saxophonists Craig Handy and Ravi Coltrane, Ray
Drummond’s “Excursion Band,” and co-leading the Brooklyn Big Band with Craig Bailey,
Armacost is now seriously in the mix.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Herbie Hancock Takin' Off The Maze (Blue Note)
# 2 Sonny Rollins The Bridge The Bridge (RCA)
# 3 Hank Mobley A Slice of the Top Hank's Other Bag (Blue Note)
# 4 John Coltrane Crescent Wise One (Impulse)
# 5 Pete Christlieb and Warne Marsh Apogee Donna Lee (Warner Bros)
# 6 Joe Henderson The Kicker Mamacita (OJC)
# 7 Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come Lonely Woman (Atlantic)
Book Mark Helprin, "Refiner's Fire"; or Michael Chabon, "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay"
Luxury Item An Apple G4 PowerBook
Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
Alt 1 Abbey Lincoln Talking to the Sun N/A (ENJA)
Alt 2 Charlie Shoemake Cross Roads N/A (Discovery)
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