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29.01.2011

Bob Baldwin

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A year to the day since the untimely death of Michael Jackson, contemporary jazz writer, producer and keyboard player Bob Baldwin mounted his own tribute to the great man. Out on the Trippin' N Rhythm label, his CD ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ is the first jazz record to pay homage to Jackson. It speaks directly to the sentiment felt by millions of fans worldwide and when recently I spoke to Bob from his home in Westchester County, NY I first asked him what had motivated him to …
29.01.2011

Steffen Kuehn

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When I was first asked to interview Steffen Kuehn, I was a bit hesitant. Fact was I had never heard of him and feared he would probably be one of those artists with a CD from which only one or two songs would be notable. However, my Editor assured me that the CD was good and I would enjoy it. Reluctantly I accepted the assignment and awaited the arrival of the CD. It was similar to the old adage; which would come first, the chicken or the egg or, in this …
29.01.2011

Rick Washbrook

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At 26 years of age, Rick Washbrook found his own voice and songs. It was 1985, and in his mid-twenties, Rick’s natural story telling ability and contemporary song writing foretold he was someone who would definitely hit the charts. Building his ever growing fan base in Ontario, Canada his fans have not forgotten his debut album, Summer Roads, and today, Washbrook is more recognized for his virtuoso guitar playing.From 1985 to 1986, four of the top songs from …
Whenever she performs on stage Esperanza Spalding is hard to miss. Her signature Afro hairstyle and big upright bass gets the attention every time and although it's not so common to see a female play bass, it is even less common when the bass is an upright. However, Esperanza Spalding would not have it any other way. "People are so used to seeing big guys play it (the upright bass) but in the environment that I grew up in there were other women playing upright bass. M …
29.01.2011

Jonathan Butler

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‘So Strong’ is a combination of things. The whole album is saying where I am and what’s going on in my life. That’s the Message - Jonathan Butler. JazzReview: Your new CD ‘So Strong’ is an amazing compilation of hope, inspiration, joy and romance. Jonathan Butler: Thank you. You said that so well. I love the way it came together. All I wanted to do was to play something that sounded good and which had this flavor be …
29.01.2011

George Duke

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It’s hard to believe that for the past 40 years George Duke has been a staple of the music industry and from the looks of things, this cat plans to be on the scene for a long time to come. "I’m having the time of my life making the kind of music that I want to make. It has been a great ride, it really has and I really have no complaints." Duke told me that being a label owner gives him the freedom to express himself musically. "My label is distributed through Heads Up …
29.01.2011

David Leonhardt

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Jazz pianist and composer David Leonhardt is a highly skilled and versatile musician whose twenty-five years of professional experience has included studio recordings, television and radio, concerts and festivals, night clubs and stage shows. He has appeared throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle and Far East. In 1996 Leonhardt appeared on and arranged David Newman’s chart topping CD ‘Under A Woodstock Moon’ while a year later he featured with flautist Herbi …
29.01.2011

Lisa McClowry

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Jazz Review first became acquainted with singer songwriter Lisa McClowry at the time she provided vocals for the track ‘Melting Into You’ by Nick Colionne on his excellent 2008 CD ‘No Limits’. A year later Lisa reunited with Colionne when she featured in the documentary film ‘When It Comes From The Heart The Journey Of A Song’ that described the journey of the making of a song from the seed of an idea, to the writing session, on to the recording process and then finally to …
29.01.2011

Jeff Lorber

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With its unique brand of fusion jazz, the music of Jeff Lorber has, over the years, transcended musical boundaries. By the late 70’s Lorber had already made a name for himself with his genre crossing sounds that contained elements of jazz, rock, R&B, and funk. This fusion won over a whole host of new listeners whilst later, Lorber’s popular ‘Rain Dance’, from his 1979 compilation ‘Water Sign’, found new life when sampled for mixes in the worlds of R&B and rap …
29.01.2011

Carol Morgan

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Residing in Manhattan and originally from Texas, Carol Morgan is a jazz trumpeter, composer, author and college professor. A Juilliard graduate who has worked with many remarkable teachers including Chris Gekker, Mark Gould, Ingrid Jensen, and Dennis Dotson, her discography includes the CDs ‘Classic Morgana’ and ‘Passing Time with the Carol Morgan Quintet’. She has performed on releases by DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Hawk-Richard Jazz Orchestra, NPR's ‘The Engines of Our Ingenuity’, Henr …
29.01.2011

Mindi Abair

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With a part in Adam Sandler’s new movie and the release of her highly acclaimed CD ‘In Hi-Fi Stereo’, Mindi Abair is certainly on a roll. Consequently, when Jazz Review recently caught up with her, there was a lot to talk about. JazzReview: I was at a concert of yours recently and the audience was really energized. They were dancing and entirely electrified. As a matter of fact people were lined up to see you when I arrived. How do you get your audience so excit …
29.01.2011

Gerald is Albright

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Gerald Albright has been bringing his A-game to the smooth jazz circuit for twenty-five years and he still continues to maintain his title as one of the more consistent musicians around. Even after all his accomplishments as a reputed jazz musician, Albright is a humble man who exudes such a positive aura; after the interview it was clear that Albright was in the business for the love of the music and his fans, and not necessarily for resting on his own laurels. Grooveability is Geral …
29.01.2011

Stanton Moore

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Stanton Moore is one of the most innovative and influential drummers around. He is always pushing boundaries and has steered jazz towards more distinctive expressions. His latest release is titled Groove Alchemy. JAZZREVIEW: Tell us about your earliest experience as a musician and growing up in New Orleans. Who are or were your biggest musical influences? STANTON MOORE: My mom started bringing me to the Mardi Gras parade when I was eight months old. …
29.01.2011

John Pizzarelli

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"Duke Ellington is to jazz as Richard Rogers is to theatre," so goes the extraverted and infectious wisdom of entertainer and "ambassador of cool," John Pizzarelli. John Pizzarelli, just coming off his current jewel box Rockin’ in Rhythm--A Duke Ellington Tribute, which is saturated with his signature groove , is laying out a fluid enigma of energized entertainment - in the name of jazz and Duke Ellington. His music sheets are a kaleidoscope of personalities with each spin. Neve …
29.01.2011

Alex Bugnon

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Listen to Switzerland-born, piano virtuoso Alex Bugnon, and it is clear that he possesses the gift of making the kind of music that is timeless. Even today, people are still singing praises of his 1991 compilation called 107 Degrees in the Shade, a CD that has spawned the breezy title track and, of course, the soulful R&B tinged "So In Love." This time around, Bugnon has stepped back a bit from the crossover Jazz/R&B flavor to accommodate the acoustically laden Going Home …
29.01.2011

Rose Bilal

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The Dazzling, the Beautiful, the Eloquent Rose Bilal Her voice is beautiful in its simplicity and clarity, The Diva can croon a ballad and articulate in a unique way. If you don’t know Rose Bilal this is an excellent place to start your familiarization . JAZZREVIEW: When did your interest in music begin? ROSE BILAL: Music has always been in my life. My parents played the music of all the big bands on the radio and I’d use my make believe microphone to imitate the …
29.01.2011

Peggy Stern

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"Luminous Lyricism .. the piano more caressed than played with subtlety, nuance, warmth, effortless swing, beauty of line, and sophistication of harmony and dynamics" - Sydney Morning Herald JAZZREVIEW: What is your earliest musical mem …
29.01.2011

Sue Terry

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" She’s been compared to the great alto players like Charlie Parker and Phil Woods .Sue Terry exemplifies excellence with a commanding sense of swing and a burnished tone" - National Public Radio JAZZREVIEW: Tell us your earliest …
"Let someone start believing in you Let him find you and watch what happens" well defines the concept of this disk as to its purpose, poise, and performance! It is also what ignites the power within - to dance with a dream Charito’s dream! The most dynamic occurrence in the creative process is when two minds from diverse plains cultivate and design, not by plan, an extraordinary gratification in sound. This translates into a blueprint of a legacy (Michel Legrand) and a lady (Charito), buil …
29.01.2011

Whitney James

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JAZZREVIEW: When did you discover you had a talent for singing? WHITNEY JAMES: I was always singing and performing and choreographing shows at home from the time I was 5, my sister and friends were the cast and my Mom would hold a flash light as a spotlight. We would charge 10 cents a seat and have a stage, curtains everything. We sang and danced, and had a ball. I am sure that is where all my love of music started. My life was very full of music and my parents were b …