Michael Laprarie

Michael Laprarie

Bop and avant-garde violinist Billy Bang (birth name William Walker) is a veteran of the Vietnam war. Drafted in 1966, he served as an Army sergeant and squad leader, livin…
More John Coltrane: Coltrane for Lovers is the second Coltrane volume in a series of about fifteen CDs recently released by the Verve Music Group highlighting popula…
"Wide Awake" is the debut CD under his own leadership for New York based sax man Aaron Irwin. The young Irwin has already made his mark on the New York jazz s…
"A Mind for the Scenery" provides Portland, Oregon-based woodwind artist and arranger Tim Jensen with a broad canvas on which to lay out his considerable tale…
Innovative and uncharacteristic interpretations of standards would be the best way to describe Inside Out's new CD, "What Is This Thing". Inside Out is a pian…
I'm very tempted to skip the formalities of a record review and just say "buy this disc." But since JazzReview.com has asked me for reviews, here is my review:
Generally, jazz pianists that I hear fall into one of two musical categories: those who work mostly within the repertoire and styles of traditional jazz playing, and those …
According to the press release that accompanied my CD copy, Philadelphia pianist David Leonhardt's release "Departure" is actually a 15 year re-release of an …
Twenty years ago, blues singer and part-time drummer James Van Buren founded JVB Records and began promoting himself to his ever-growing legion of fans. This very su…
Composer Vincent Youmans surely ranks among the cream of composers of American popular songs. Sadly, a series of unfortunate show failures and a bout with tuberculosis brou…
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