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J.D. ALLEN – Love Stone

A major tenor-saxophonist since the turn of the last century, JD Allen performs a set of vintage ballads on Love Stone, his 13th CD as a leader. Since he is generally a hard-charging soloist who mostly performs originals, Love Stone is a real change of pace for him. In [...]

OCTOBOP – Live @ Savanna Jazz

Formed in 1999, Octobop is an octet based in Northern California that has 1950s West Coast jazz as its roots. It does not stick exclusively to that idiom and repertoire, certainly stretching a bit on their seventh CD, but collectors who enjoy cool jazz will find much to savor [...]

DEXTER GORDON QUARTET – Tokyo 1975

One of the all-time great tenor-saxophonists, Dexter Gordon (1923-90) had a fascinating life that someday should be made into a movie. After stints with the big bands of Lionel Hampton and Louis Armstrong in the early 1940s, he joined the Billy Eckstine Orchestra and became one of the first [...]

Fred Hersch Trio, Live In Europe

Reviews - One of the giants of the jazz piano of the past 35 years, Fred Hersch has recorded prolifically as a leader since the mid-1980s but has yet to make an unworthy or uninspired recording. His playing at times hints at Bill Evans (mostly in the close interplay [...]

Adrian Cunningham and Ken Peplowski, Duologue

Reviews - Clarinetist and tenor-saxophonist Ken Peplowski originally made his reputation as a brilliant swing player who was forward-looking and built upon the innovations of the past. Adrian Cunningham was born and raised in Australia and has been part of the New York jazz scene since 2008. He plays [...]

JERRY VIVINO – Coast To Coast

Reviews - Jerry Vivino  - Coast To Coast - Jerry Vivino is perhaps best known for playing tenor with the Basic Cable Band, the house group for the Conan O'Brien Show. The older brother of guitarist Jimmy Vivino, he grew up in a very musical household. While he started [...]

THE DJANGO FESTIVAL ALL STARS – Attitude Manouche

Reviews - The Django Festival All Stars  - Attitude Manouche - The comeback of Django Reinhardt's music and style is unprecedented in jazz history. The great gypsy guitarist, had no real competitors when he burst upon the European jazz scene in 1933, topping the earlier accomplishments of Eddie Lang [...]

TIA FULLER – Diamond Cut

Reviews - Tia Fuller - Diamond Cut -Tia Fuller is one of the top alto-saxophonists in jazz of the past decade. She plays with the passion of a Jackie McLean. Every note means something to her and is expressed emotionally and with passion. Born in Colorado to a pair of local [...]

KENNY BARRON QUINTET – Concentric Circles

Reviews - Kenny Barron Quintet  - Concentric Circles - One of the great veterans of jazz, pianist Kenny Barron, who recently turned 75, has been an important part of the jazz scene since the early 1960s. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Barron was a pro as a teenager. His older [...]

OSCAR PETERSON – Plays

Reviews - Oscar Peterson  - Plays - Producer Norman Granz, who discovered Oscar Peterson playing in Montreal in 1949, loved the pianist's playing so much that he presented Peterson with Jazz At The Philharmonic, became his manager, and recorded him prolifically during the 1950s for his labels (which included [...]