Michael Laprarie

Michael Laprarie

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…
Paul Robeson (1898-1976) was one of the most truly gifted stage performers of the twentieth century. He was a talented athlete, a brilliant student (valedictorian of his 19…
Playful and smart interactions between trio members make Words and Music by the David White Trio an engaging small group effort. A Massachusetts-based guitari…
Over the years I've heard my share of mediocre "Dixieland" bands, usually made up of players who will admit that what they do is just a hobby. In fact, I tend to shun the w…
Professor Peter O'Brien is described in the notes for "Jazz Piano of a Celtic Soul" as an Irish national treasure. As an extraordinarily gifted and honored cl…
Guitarist Dom Minasi formed his group DDT a few years as a string trio of guitar, bass, and cello. Through this group, Minasi explored jazz along the paths la…
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