Reviews 2018-01-05T05:13:20+00:00
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Pat Metheny and Jose James to Perform at Newport Jazz Festival’s Friday Night Concert at the ITHoF

PAT METHENY with Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh & Gwilym Simcock plus Lean [...]

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Jeff Lorber Scores First Grammy Win

Pioneer, Visionary & Pianist Jeff Lorber Scores First Grammy Win At 60th Grammy [...]

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Mack Avenue Records 60th Annual GRAMMY® Award Wins

Mack Avenue Records Congratulates Billy Childs, Christian McBride and Cécile McLorin Salvant on 60th Annual GRAMMY® Award Wins [...]

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  • Stephane-Wrembel

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 Hot Club Of France, particularly in Europe. Ranging from near-recreations to esoteric extensions of the original [...]

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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 of the last to be released is by pianist Joey Alexander, who was born 21 years [...]

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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 has always displayed a large tone inspired by Gene Ammons, the ability to caress melodies, and [...]

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DAN BECK BAND – All The Fish are Hoppin’

Dan Beck Band 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 his debut release All The Fish Are Hoppin.’ This studio-recording blend of Blues [...]

  • Christian McBribe

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE BIG BAND – Bringin’ It Review

Reviews CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE BIG BAND Bringin' It One of the best-known and busiest bass players in jazz, Christian McBride is still just 45. A major performer by the age of 17 in 1989 when he joined Bobby Watson's group, McBride has worked with nearly [...]

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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 studied at the Hartt School under Jackie McLean who recommended him to Art Blakey. Davis was [...]

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WES MONTGOMERY – In Paris

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 (who turned 42 in '65) was growing in fame each month. That year he recorded the [...]

  • Mars Williams

MARS WILLIAMS PRESENTS – An Ayler Xmas

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 logical “end” while coming back again at its beginning. His groups, particularly the one he had during 1965-66 with his [...]

  • Matt King

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 year of Thelonious Monk. Unlike Ella (whose talent has never been duplicated) and even Dizzy (who did write a few [...]

  • Martial Solal & Dave Liebman

MARTIAL SOLAL & DAVE LIEBMAN – Masters In Bordeaux

Reviews MARTIAL SOLAL & DAVE LIEBMAN Masters In Bordeaux Although it was not inevitable that they would record a duet album together, pianist Martial Solal and saxophonist-flutist Dave Liebman have a fair amount in common. Solal, who at the time of this recorded concert from 2016 was a [...]

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BILL EVANS – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert

Reviews BILL EVANS Another Time: The Hilversum Concert It is fair to say that there is no shortage of Bill Evans recordings available. In addition to the release and reissue of virtually all of his studio recordings, there are an apparently unlimited supply of live [...]

  • Nestor Torres

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 moved to New York after high school, attended Berklee, and gained experience playing with a wide variety of [...]

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PETER BERNSTEIN – Signs Live!

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 pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. Over 20 years later, on Jan. 4, 2015, [...]

  • Larry Coryell’s 11th House, Seven Secrets

LARRY CORYELL’S 11th HOUSE – Seven Secrets

Reviews LARRY CORYELL'S 11th HOUSE Seven Secrets Larry Coryell was the first fusion guitarist. He brought the sound of electric blues and rock into jazz during 1966-67 on his recordings with Chico Hamilton, Free Spirits, and the Gary Burton Quartet. While later overshadowed by John [...]

  • Dizzy Gillespie, Concert Of The Century – A Tribute To Charlie Parker

DIZZY GILLESPIE, CONCERT OF THE CENTURY – A Tribute To Charlie Parker

Reviews DIZZY GILLESPIE, CONCERT OF THE CENTURY A Tribute To Charlie Parker In Nov. 1980, an all-star sextet filled with classic veterans performed at what was billed as “Concert Of The Century – A Tribute To Charlie Parker.” While the heading was not exactly accurate since [...]

  • Chris Potter, The Dreamer Is The Dream

CHRIS POTTER – The Dreamer Is The Dream

Reviews CHRIS POTTER, The Dreamer Is The Dream Chris Potter has been one of the most significant and stimulating saxophonists of the past 30 years. His latest ECM release showcases him in a quartet with pianist David Virelles, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Marcus Gilmore. [...]

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 wowed us before with her dynamic recordings Haunted Hart (produced by fellow jazz great John Pizzarelli) and the [...]

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.”  Now, exactly which city is he speaking of?”-- you ask. Of course he is speaking of the 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 the art of collaboration. In the spirit of her producer Terri Lyne Carrington’s 2011 Grammy winning The Mosaic [...]

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 – and composed songs using Fibonacci’s “Golden Ratio” numbers to inspire the way he approached the chords, melodies and [...]