Ron Bierman

Ron Bierman

The first track of Rafn Emilsson's Eftir 8 (After 8) has a medium-tempo, breezy-Brazilian vibe. It sounds like the beginning of another Stan Getz bossa-nova alb…
A few of the names Royce Campbell has played with will suggest his professionalism and range: Dave Brubeck, Nancy Wilson, Herb Ellis and Fred Hersch. Here he is joined b…
This is a world-class, straight-ahead jazz outing swinging and lyrical. Most contemporary tenors are still trying to catch up with John Coltrane. Harry Allen owes more t…
No music manages more crushing misery or greater joy--Dixieland expresses emotional extremes. Though its corny syncopations are decidedly out-of-fashion beyond the borde…
The musicians who have the greatest longer-term impact are the ones who have something new to say. But they are also usually harder to appreciate at first, because they'…
I recently reviewed an outstanding album of boleros sung by Raquel Bitton. Irene Nachreiner reminds me of Bitton because she takes an entirely opposite approach vibratol…
Raquel Bitton's voice immediately brings Edith Piaf to mind, and that's no coincidence. Henri Contet, who wrote many of Piaf's most popular songs, has said, ".... your t…
Leader Rob Thorsen, like most of his crew here, is a San Diegan. Compared to LA, there's not enough studio work in the city that calls itself America's finest to keep ja…
Full disclosure. I like this one. Guitarist Michael Higgins is a teacher and first-call musician in the Los Angeles area. His mates here are the equally capable and busy…
This release features the original tangos of composer-pianist Roger Davidson. He performs them in duos with Raúl Jaurena, one of the world's finest bandoneon players. (T…
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