Gerard W. O'Brien

Gerard W. O'Brien

29.01.2011

Benny Golson

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A while ago I started interviewing and writing about George Russell and I fell in love with his latest album New York N.Y., which was originally released on Decca. The line up of musicians on the album is absolutely incredible so I decided that I would try to speak with as many of the musicians who had played on the album as I could.

One of the musicians I was fortunate enough to speak with was Benny Golson. At the time I first spoke withBenny GolsonI wasn’t using a tape recorde …

I first heard Michel Camilo play with his trio at Founder’s Hall, which is located in the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. When the opportunity to interview him presented itself, I was thrilled. As I started doing my research on this pianist/composer, I was awe struck by his accomplishments. There are amazing musicians playing jazz piano today, but Michel does so much more. He plays classical and jazz, he interprets the masters and creates works which have in turn become cl …

29.01.2011

Victor Fields

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Victor Fields sings really, really well with a voice that covers a double range from baritone through tenor, and a very skillfully developed delivery. I put VICTOR, Mr. Fields latest release on Regina Records, on the office CD player and all of my office mates really dug it. They even let me play it again, which isn’t usual for many of the jazz albums that I play.

VICTOR is a collection of ten songs with a jazzy, soulful R & B sound. Back in my single days …

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has released a joyous and habit-forming album of South African scapula singing called the LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, which is part of the "Heads Up Africa Series" on the Heads Up International Label. Heads Up International is a division of Telarc International Corp.

When LONG WALK TO FREEDOM arrived I first read through the beautiful sixteen-page booklet of notes that accompanies it. There are many pictures of the group and even in a still shot Ladysmit …

29.01.2011

John Levy

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John Levy will be awarded the A. B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy for a career of Management at the IAJE Convention at the New York Hilton on January 14, 2006.

Natalie Bernard has been referring jazz performers to me for potential interviews, internet exposure and the potential for some additional gigs from her roster of talent for some time now. There are people she represents such as Jane Getz, and Harold Land Jr. who are truly remarkable musicians. I will if I can alway …

29.01.2011

Brenda Earle

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JAZZREVIEW: I’ve listened to your album Happening, and I like it very much. You have a very good band, and a nice sound with the Saxophone and strings. However, on the song that you sing with Julie Hardy, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic I can’t tell you two apart.

BRENDA EARLE: That’s interesting isn’t it?

JAZZREVIEW: Yes it is. It’s just that I thought I would be able to tell you apart, having listened to her album so often and I can’t.

BRENDA EARLE …

Labyrinth is the third album by jazz pianist Kerry Politzer. Of her music Kerry Politzer says "improvisation over a melody and changes, it definitely is that." To me it is some strikingly good straight ahead jazz with Brazilian and classical influences.

On her third CD "Labyrinth" Kerry plays piano and has composed all ten of the works. She is accompanied by a first rate group of musicians: Andrew Rathbun, soprano and tenor sax; Chris Higgins, bass; George Colligan, drums.

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This past summer I had the great experience of speaking with Luther Hughes, who plays a hot acoustic bass and has put together the remarkable Cannonball-Coltrane Project. I saw this exciting band at Founder’s Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts center and bought their self-titled album. The Project’s members on Luther Hughes and the Cannonball-Coltrane Project are Luther on Bass; Glenn Cashman on Tenor sax; Bruce Babad on alto sax; Ed Czach on piano; Paul K …

29.01.2011

Gregg August

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Ann Braithwaite of Braithwaite and Katz Communications sent me an email asking if I would like to receive a copy of Gregg August's first album as leader entitled Late August. I replied, "Yes send it to me." It arrived and I put it into the CD player and then had to stop everything I was doing and just listen. Late August is contemporary jazz in the straight-ahead style with a Latin flavor. After listening to the CD a few times, I called Ann and asked if I could int …

Donning a blue wig and performing a whacky improvisation of a very senior citizen awaiting her boyfriend’s arrival, the absolutely comedic woman on the youtube video is obviously blessed with talent. Miss MacKenzie’s performance was repeated, in part, last Valentine’s Day as she delighted the patrons of New York City’s Cornelius Street Café. This time, she had an accomplice in a jazz artist by the name of Dave Devoe. Miss MacKenzie’s is the alter ego of the very talented and equally beautif …
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