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Some musicians like to keep their tracks simple and others like to garnish them in multiple layers vesseled by frilly harmonic forms. Vibraphonist Tom Beckham bolts his …
For her third recording, singer PJ Parker includes an unpublished song by her late father. It was written decades ago. She found it, liked it and wrote lyrics. The number (…
While it may seem that Eddie Condon’s performances have been exhaustively recorded, such is not the case. After all, the Classics series has documented Condon’s early Chica…
Roberto Magris an Italian pianist of considerable talent has released a special album, Kansas City Outbound. On this recording he has captured the beautiful spirit o…
Encounterpoint presents yet another example of the dependable, unassuming work coming out of the school systems today. It features the leader, guitarist and Ber…
Make no mistake about it, Al Hood is a great trumpeter. Able to play the most demanding conceptualizations his improvisational jazz oriented mind can think up with the u…
Include Stride Piano Duets as one of the noteworthy historical jazz releases of 2008. Recorded before a live audience in Toronto in 1966, the recording of this event…
There’s no doubt about it: These are two professional jazz musicians, unique in their own ways, at the peak of their abilities. Decades of experience and constant performan…
On "Crossroads," Colorado-based saxophonist Peter Sommer leads a two-tenor quintet though a program of appealing original compositions, lesser-known classics, and well-worn…
This trio consists of West African guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke, Swedish-Italian bassist Massimo Biolcati and Hungarian drummer Ferenc Nemeth. The style is a blend o…