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MARTIAL SOLAL – My One And Only Love

Reviews - Martial Solal  - My One And Only Love - One of Europe's (and jazz's) finest pianists during the past 60 years, Martial Solal turned 90 last Aug. 23. Born in Algiers and a resident of Paris since 1950, Solal gained experience early on playing with both the [...]

THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER – The Junction

Reviews - The Manhattan Transfer  - The Junction - The Manhattan Transfer was originally founded in 1969 by Tim Hauser. After one recording, that version of the group broke up and can now be thought of as a false start. In 1972 Hauser tried again, putting together a very [...]

DAVID KIKOSKI – Kayemode

Reviews - David Kikoski  - Kayemode - Although never the most famous of jazz pianists, David Kikoski has been one of the most vital of the past 30 years. He joined Roy Haynes' group back in 1986 (they have played together off and on ever since) and has since [...]

EVA CASSIDY – Songbird 20

Reviews  Eva Cassidy Songbird 20 There are three remarkable facts about the late singer Eva Cassidy. One is that she had a tragically brief life, passing away in 1996 at the age of 33 from melanoma. Another is that during her lifetime she displayed the ability to credibly and [...]

MILES DAVIS & JOHN COLTRANE – The Final Tour

Reviews Miles Davis & John ColtraneThe Final TourIn 1960, John Coltrane faced one of the turning points of his career. A member of the Miles Davis Quintet and Sextet during 1955-56 and since 1958, Coltrane had recently recorded his monumental Giant Steps album and was more than overdue to go [...]

THE CHICK COREA and STEVE GADD BAND – Chinese Butterfly

Reviews The Chick Corea and Steve Gadd Band Chinese Butterfly Chick Corea and Steve Gadd are old friends, having worked together on several notable occasions back in the 1970s. Gadd was the original drummer with the second version of Return To Forever before he was succeeded by Lenny White. [...]

ANAT COHEN AND FRED HERSCH – Live In Healdsburg

Reviews Anat Cohen and Fred Hersch Live In Healdsburg Anat Cohen, a superior clarinetist and tenor-saxophonist from Israel, and veteran pianist Fred Hersch have had very different lives and lifestyles but both have adventurous spirits along with complete command of their instruments. They had not worked together very [...]

HAROLD MABERN – To Love And Be Loved

Reviews Harold Mabern To Love And Be Loved The great veteran pianist Harold Mabern, who has been an important part of the New York jazz scene since the early 1960s, is now 83. However on his recent CD To Love And Be Loved, he shows no signs [...]

MIKE VAX & RON ROMM – Collaboration

Reviews Mike Vax & Ron Romm Collaboration Mike Vax, an alumnus of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, has always been comfortable in several musical idioms. His career is filled with an endless number of associations including performances and recordings with Art Pepper, Gene Krupa, Don Ellis, Joe Williams, the Dukes of [...]

NINA SIMONE, Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles

Reviews Nina Simone Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles Nina Simone (1933-2003) was unique in music history. She was a classically trained pianist who, due to the racism in the classical music world, found herself having to make a living as a singing pianist in supper clubs. During her peak [...]