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KENNEY POLSON – Colors of Brazil

Born in Kansas City and now based in the Pacific Northwest, veteran jazz saxophonist Kenney Polson is a true musical citizen of the world, having visited and/or performed in over 50 countries (including [...]


One of the most interesting aspects of checking out new artists making waves on the contemporary jazz scene is realizing that in many cases, they've been with us all along. So as [...]

DUFFMUSIQ – Sidewalk Sequel – Review

Engaging in the most basic online research, we learn some fascinating things about veteran guitarist Duffmusiq as we listen, dance, bop, sway, chill and groove along to the multitude of funky/bluesy/jazzy old-schooling vibes [...]

GRACE BRANCALE – Superhuman Vol. 2

If “The Father of Invention,” Thomas Edison had Grace Brancale’s energy and drive, he probably would have had about 5,000 inventions instead of the mere 1,093 patents that he actually had! Grace [...]

LES SABLER – Tranquility

We were all eagerly waiting for a new album by contemporary jazz guitarist Les Sabler, and once again Sabler and his musical colleagues delivered. The album on New Vista Records is called “Tranquility.” This [...]


Evan Carydakis’ infectious, multi-faceted five track EP Groove House is more than his high impact debut in the funky and soulful realms of the smooth jazz genre. For the Melbourne, Australia born [...]

KARMACODA – Make Me The One

“Make Me The One,” the ultra-emotional, mystically ambient and super sultry lead single from Karmacoda’s upcoming provocatively titled full length album Slow Down, Melt and Catch Fire, marks a special anniversary for [...]

VANN BURCHFIELD – Keep Pressing On

Though he has been a multi-faced independent force in the smooth jazz realm since his 2007 debut album Par For the Course, saxophonist Vann Burchfield has for the last two decades also [...]

Melanie Charles is out to ‘make jazz fun again’

Jazz skeptics may have never heard Alice Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders trade trippy harp and saxophone licks on “Journey in Satchidananda,” but they probably conjure something akin to the song’s avant-garde experimentation [...]

Nomadim – ‘Nomadim’

Nomadim – Nomadim (Unit Records. CD review by Jane Mann) Nomadim is the first album from a young Switzerland-based trio of the same name. Nomadim were originally the Marc Crofts Trio but [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]


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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]


Reviews - Oscar Peterson  - Plays - Producer Norman Granz, who discovered Oscar Peterson playing in Montreal in 1949, loved the pianist's playing so much that [...]


Reviews - The Manhattan Transfer  - The Junction - The Manhattan Transfer was originally founded in 1969 by Tim Hauser. After one recording, that version of [...]


Reviews - David Kikoski  - Kayemode - Although never the most famous of jazz pianists, David Kikoski has been one of the most vital of the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]


Reviews Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Scandal Tenor-saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas have been major names for decades, always creating stimulating post-bop music that defies [...]

STEPHANE WREMBEL – The Django Experiment III

Reviews STEPHANE WREMBEL The Django Experiment III The Gypsy Jazz movement has resulted in a countless number of groups emulating the Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grappelli Quintet Of The [...]

JOEY ALEXANDER – Joey, Monk, Live!

Reviews JOEY ALEXANDER Joey, Monk, Live! 2017 was Thelonious Monk's centennial, a year in which there were quite a few recorded tributes to the unique pianist-composer. One [...]

HOUSTON PERSON – Rain or Shine

Reviews HOUSTON PERSON Rain or Shine Throughout his long career, which reaches back to at least 1963 when he recorded with organist Johnny "Hammond" Smith, Houston Person [...]

DAN BECK BAND – All The Fish are Hoppin’

Reviews DAN BECK BAND All the Fish are Hoppin' - Independent Expressive and soulful guitarist, vocalist, writer Dan Beck performs front and center with the Dan Beck Band on [...]

STEVE DAVIS – Think Ahead Review

Reviews STEVE DAVIS Think Ahead Trombonist Steve Davis has played such consistently rewarding music throughout his career that it is easy to take him for granted. He [...]


Reviews WES MONTGOMERY In Paris 1965 was one of the peak periods of Wes Montgomery's career. A major and influential jazz guitarist since at least 1959, Montgomery [...]


Reviews  MARS WILLIAMS presents An Ayler Xmas Albert Ayler (1936-1970) took jazz to its extreme. In fact, the saxophonist could be said to have brought jazz beyond its [...]

MATT KING – Monk In Brazil

Reviews  MATT KING  Monk In Brazil Many jazz artists had their centennial in 2017 including Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, but somehow it has ended up being the [...]

NESTOR TORRES – Jazz Flute Traditions

Reviews  NESTOR TORRES Jazz Flute Traditions Nestor Torres made his early reputation as a talented flautist who played Latin pop/jazz. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he [...]


Reviews PETER BERNSTEIN Signs Live Back in 1994, guitarist Peter Bernstein recorded a CD, Signs Of Life, that found him leading an all-star quartet that also featured [...]

Hilary Kole – Review

Reviews HILARY KOLE, A Self Portrait A perennially popular presence on the NYC jazz scene and a world renowned concert hall and symphony performer, Hilary Kole has [...]

Gregg Kallor – Review

Reviews GREGG KALLOR, A Single Noon Tremendously gifted pianist and composer Gregg Kallor describes his latest CD,”A Single Noon” as “a love letter to this incredible city.”  [...]

Diane Reeves – Review

Reviews DIANNE REEVES, Beautiful Life (Concord) After a five year layoff, one of jazz’s most sparkling voices and innovative vocalists returns on a new label to celebrate [...]

Lawrence Blatt – Review

Reviews LAWRENCE BLATT, Emergence In 2007, acoustic guitarist Lawrence Blatt named one of his trademark recordings Fibonacci’s Dream, after one of the Middle Ages’ greatest mathematicians – [...]

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