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Batepapo, the debut CD by Brazilian drummer Alexandre Cunha can be summed up in one word , generous, or maybe infectious would be a better choice. Generous, bec…
Robin Aleman's debut CD, Tonight, will be one of those recordings that once you hear it, you will find yourself haunted by it for sometime to come. Robin's voic…
There are several things you need to do before you start to listen to this CD. First move all the furniture against the walls, you'll need dance room, second invite the …
But Beautiful the Best of Shirley Horn is a greatest hits compilation without a single miss in it. Covering a career as long as the late Ms. Horn's can be a dau…
Christmas albums can be like that fruitcake that your in-laws bring over every year, sugary sweet and impossible to digest and worst of all the taste stays in your mouth fo…
Peaceful Place, the new recording by London based singer Georgia Mancio, is a very deceptive recording. Deceptive because if you close your eyes and just listen…
29.01.2011

Sonny Rollins

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Catch as catch can. Many times interviews with musicians are done as they’re rushing to a rehearsal, while they’re desperately trying to finish a meal begun an hour ago, in the middle of practicing, putting the kids to bed or doing laundry. But on that occasion when an artist is found in a treasured moment of peace in their natural environment, it makes for a relaxed interview. Saxophonist Sonny Rollins, who describes himself as a "private, retiring person," gave that kind of interview. His envi …
29.01.2011

Simpatico

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Brian Lynch is a very unique artist with a very unique sound. When he does something like record an album with the legendary Eddie Palmieri, well, that is done in a very unique way as well. The first thing that stands out about Brian Lynch is not only how his latest album Simpatico was recorded, but how fans of this artist, or just those who may not know much about him but want to learn, can get a very special look into the creative process that goe …

Joe Sample has had a very busy week--recording with Queen Latifah, a visit to the Sierra Nevada mountains, publicity work for his new duet album with Randy Crawford, and oh yeah, awaiting the birth of his first grandchild. That was just this week. Makes you tired just reading about it, let alone trying to live it, but that does not seem to phase Sample in the least. In fact, he seems to enjoy it.

For those who may not know, Joe Sample is one of the finest, if not the finest jazz mus …

29.01.2011

Miles Donahue

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

One of the really fun parts of doing interviews for Jazz Review, besides the huge salary and private jet, is the chance to speak to some of the most amazing musicians working in the field of jazz and this is a real case in point. Miles Donahue has been called "one of the best kept secrets in jazz" by the Boston Globe and "a player whose strong personality asserts itself without hesitation" by Jazziz. Let me join in the fray here, this is simply one of the best saxophone players today, bar non …

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