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It has been a pleasure this week to receive two recordings by jazz masters. For one by Phil Woods I wrote: "Once a performer has reached the level of jazz master . . . cons…
Ever since the forays of American musicians into Rio de Janiero and environs in the early 1960s, Brazilian music has exercised a profound influence on the jazz tradition. W…
This recording is pretty much what you might expect, but rather than a condemnation, this is intended as high praise. Once a performer has reached the level of jazz master …
The concept for most jazz albums usually occurs more conventionally, and as the result of solitary imaginative considerations, than those for Underdog, and Other Stories…
Lest we show lack of appreciation, let’s be mindful that much of the jazz in America is being conducted, so to speak, on college campuses. Often, many of the country’s more…
Laurence Hobgood’s name appears as the primary one in the jacket design for When the Heart Sings, but there’s no doubt that the album is a joint enterprise, the resu…
If Little Richard sang jazz, he would sound exactly like the Philippines jazzman Mon David. David’s vocal expressions have Richard’s unbridled verve and over the top hoo…
Tenor sax ace Sean Nowell’s second date as a leader provides some insight into his broad musical vernacular, since the Birmingham, AL., native has composed film scores a…
What a voice. I mean, what a voice! Jackie Ryan, who has been wowing audiences and critics and musicians and anyone else who happens to be within earshot of her voice…
When Laurence Hobgood tickles the ivories, it transports the listener to a desirable place. It cleanses the mind of any worries, and places the listener in a world where…