Michael Laprarie

Michael Laprarie

On a recent trip to Europe, a friend of mine who was not accustomed to European gypsy acoustic jazz guitar chanced upon some, and asked a friend, "What kind of music do you…
As Big Band fans will guess, this CD is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed "Fletcher Henderson's Unrecorded Arrangements for Benny Goodman", released three ye…
Wide Angles is the latest CD release from veteran tenorist Michael Brecker. Like recent efforts by fellow Verve Records saxophonist Chris Potter, Brecker's CD…
Cindique by Franco Baggiani and Urbanfunk provides a return to the heavy 1980's feel of Miles Davis' big funky electric bands, seasoned with contributions by …
The Satoko Fujii Orchestra - East is one of two big bands headed by pianist/composer/arranger Sakoto Fujii. As their names would imply, the West orchestra is …
"Line on Love" is the Palmetto Jazz label debut for renowned clarinetist and saxophonist Marty Ehrlich. This CD is the result of a 2002 European tour with pia…
The Henry Mancini Institute offers the most promising young musicians from across the world a chance to experience an intensive summer educational program that provides enc…
A first glance at the instrumentation of Enrico Rava's new CD "Full of Life" brings to mind the past pianoless groups led by Max Roach and particularly Gerry …
One of the more satisfying aspects of reviewing jazz CD's is the opportunity to hear artists who dwell in the arena of independent record labels and the local music scene, …
"Swept Away" is bassist Mary Ann McSweeney's second CD outing with her present band, which includes husband Mike Fahn on trombone, Donny McCaslin on reeds, He…