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In 1990, bassist Tag Shelby found out about a performance space in LA called the World Stage which was funded by drummer Billy Higgins and frequently featured open up jam sessions. In August of this year, Shelby fulfilled trumpeter Richard Give at the Globe Stage, along with a few months later these were became a member of by drummer Willie Jones III and altoist Wayne Mahone. Jamming every night at the Globe Stage from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. gave the music artists a chance to type and solidify an organization sound. They performed their 1st gigs in January 1991 and amongst their 1st pianists had been Eric Reed and Kenneth Crouch. Nevertheless, by enough time the group documented its 1st arranged, 43rd and Degnan (for the entire world Stage label), Ark Sano was Dark/Note’s regular pianist. When Give received a scholarship or grant to Rutgers in Feb 1992, he remaining the band. Over time like a quartet, Gilbert Castellanos became the group’s fresh trumpeter. Combined with the B Clear Quartet, Dark/Note obtained some recognition within the middle-’90s as an excellent hard bop and post-bop group made up of youthful dark players in LA who wished to explore acoustic jazz. Dark/Note offers since documented for Columbia (Jungle Music) and Impulse (Nothin’ however the Golf swing), but dropped a few of its character when Castellanos remaining the music group, which managed to get a less-distinctive (and part-time) quartet.

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