Ron Bierman

Ron Bierman

It took Todd Coolman over a year to complete this project, and an unusual project it is. Through his ArtistShare web site, he solicited compositions from the public, all…
The more I listen to music, the more I realize how much personal taste depends on conditioning and receptiveness. Most conditioning happens before the age of 20, and so,…
I first heard Steve Slagle about 15 years ago while he was with the Mingus Big Band when it was playing once a week at the Fez in Manhattan. (After a few years at the Ir…
Danger! Danger! Syncopation Overload! Dick Hyman has been crafting wonderfully nostalgic recordings for over half a century. He's an expert in the history of earl…
This band is 10 members wide. I smile when a reviewer of such groups says, "But they sound like a big band," because they never do. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. I…
Billy Harper is one of several veteran tenor players who seem more esteemed than listened to. Harper has won grants and critics polls, but not the popularity most musici…
This is a solid, straight-ahead piano trio in a well-chosen program. They play two originals and seven fine, but far from overworked standards. The arrangements are fres…
It's now over 50 years since Jimmy Smith led the first popular organ-guitar-drums jazz combo. One of the keys to his success was the unique sound of the Hammond B-3. Tod…
Let's face it. The only time most people notice the bass player is when there is none or when he's taking a solo. In the first case they sense something's missing, even …
Close your eyes. Imagine you're in a jazz club near last call. Cigarette smoke drifts in lazy layers, making the stage a little dim. The piano trio is winding down. In t…
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