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29.01.2011

Kate Schutt

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Singer-songwriter Kate Schutt has invited outsiders into her secret world of songwriting. Telephone Game, which gets its name from an age-old children’s game, is a unique project that began with Schutt inviting listeners to submit song ideas. She then took those ideas and made them her own, crafting and nurturing them into songs. Along the way, Schutt shared the creative process with fans. "I think people find it quite mysterious," she said. "It is mysterious. I tried to …
On or off stage, Al Jarreau exudes a jovial and positive spirit that is highly contagious. For over five decades, Al Jarreau has been known for his golden voice and his unique scatting styles throughout different genres, which include pop, jazz and R&B. He combines all three genres beautifully on his yuletide recording titled Christmas, a plethora of holiday favorites complete with all the Jarreau-izms that we have come to love. Set for an October release, this co …
29.01.2011

Patricia Barber

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As a singer, songwriter and piano player, Patricia Barber reflects, "Music chooses her musicians. You know at an early age if you have a talent for music. If you do, it’s such an incredible gift it would be impossible for any reason to turn away from it." It is obvious to the viewer that Patricia Barber was built to make beautiful music just by watching her perform with her band live in the video clips that she furnishes on her Website. Seeing her play live with her band, Neal Alger, M …
29.01.2011

Darrell Katz

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The Same Thing, the new release by composer/musician Darrell Katz and the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra utilizes Katz’s skills as a leader, a musician, and an educator. He explains how the music for the recording came together. Jazzreview: What inspired the music for The Same Thing? Where did these songs come from? Katz: The material on The Same Thing, except for the title track by Willie Dixon which was arranged …
29.01.2011

Curtis Haywood

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Driven by his passion for music, saxophonist, composer, Curtis Haywood, is committed to reaching deep into the hearts of his listeners and spreading the universal language of healing into their souls. Crossing all genres with his self-titled album, Haywood, a former member of the group Joshua, stirs the desire for love, intimacy, sharing and spiritual awareness. Along with his own sultry, sexy, stellar musicianship, Haywood brings world known artists such as bassist Artie Reynolds, drummer Ai …
29.01.2011

Donn Bynum

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Rarely does a musician start his career at the top. Even more rare is staying on top for three decades, but that’s exactly what Donn Bynum did. Still down to earth, this mega star is debuting with his own creation-capturing the hearts and minds of all his listeners. Playing with Bootsy Collins, The Commodores and The Brothers Johnson, Bynum knows his stuff. He’s taking his experience and putting into his audience’s hand, via his new release, Do You Feel Me. JazzReview: You …
29.01.2011

De'Nate

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Luck, some people have it and others will do anything to acquire it. People in the eastern hemisphere of this planet believe that you are either born with it or not, whereas western hemisphere cultures believe that you can make it. The new NuGroove Records discovery, De’Nate, formed by multi-instrumentalist Nate Harasim and sultry vocalist Deborah Connors, are a combination of both. It is fate that brought these two talented artists together as NuGroove Records President, David Chackler sugge …
Chris Greene describes his quartet and their music with a few phrases that takes audiences into the heart of the band, "We’re a small band of only four members. We don’t require a large light show, pre-recorded tracks or a super fancy PA system to give a good show. Each one of the members of the band is proficient in multiple musical styles, and each is among the best in the city at their respective instruments. However, this would all be for naught if we didn’t play together as a unit or w …
29.01.2011

Sheila Cooper

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Saxophonist, singer and composer Sheila Cooper began life in Toronto, Canada, studying to play the piano at first, and then later, the french horn. But it was not until she began playing the saxophone that she felt more at ease making music with the instrument keys. Her skills as a saxophonist netted her a grant from the Canada Arts Council as a young musician to study jazz in New York City. It was in New York City that she met jazz saxophonist Andy Middleton whom she married two years before jo …
29.01.2011

Glynis John Martin

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Singer, songwriter and bass player Glynis John Martin (aka Black Ice) delivers a familiar sounding R&B/smooth soul mixture on his self-titled debut release, Black Ice, which recalls of Motown artists like Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye. Martin’s familiar sound might be partly due to the fact that he was exposed to Motown’s music from having been born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the incubator for Motown’s artists; or maybe it is based in the fact that he has played as a sidema …
The voice pulls you in and awakens a pulsation deep within the vault of yesteryear’s memories. Growling with unclassifiable overtones, this furiously adept diva, Pamela Luss, has a purr to unleash. Savant Records, with their 2008 menu of sounds, again lets a quality entree serve up a classic taste, with this young and insightful songstress. Pamela Luss and her 2008 effort Magnet has climbed further up the professional ladder of signature status. The one thought extracted …
Michael Manson, from first-touch, has an uplifting spirituality to his approach, which sensitizes the temperament of the listener. Each melodic tone signifies a gentle calmness, similar to a wave’s final act of existence. This peaceable guitarist is grounded, not only in his craft’s prowess, but his life’s values. Mr. Manson, on all accounts, is that stable force one yearns to embrace. With his 2008 release of Up Front shelved, make no mistake and discard any scattered speculat …
The name "Shilts" is synonymous in jazz circles with saxophonist Paul Weimar, whose work as a member of the British jazz-funk ensemble, Down To The Bone is still associated with him today. And maybe that is for a good reason since on some of the Spirit Cruises in 2008, Shilts reunited with his band mates from Down To The Bone to play a handful of shows. One of those shows gave Shilts the opportunity to indulge the audience in one of his own compositions which he titled, "Back on the Hudson." The …
29.01.2011

Life Cycle

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If you ever wondered where the name Yellow Jackets originated from, you would have to go back to the year 1977, when Robben Ford assembled a group of veteran session musicians to record his album. The trio of musicians included keyboardist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Ricky Lawson. Being a mainly instrumental group, Robben Ford’s record label wanted him to record another album that was more pop and vocal-oriented. The group, known as the Robben Ford Group, preferred to p …
Who are The Klezmatics? Filmmaker Erik Greenberg Anjou takes audiences into the microcosm of this group in his new documentary film, The Klezmatics: On Sacred Ground, set for a 2009 release. The Klezmatics, whose name is derived from the term "klezmer," which is a traditional style of dance music practiced by a sect of Eastern European Jews that date back to the 15th century, was originally formed in 1986 in New York City’s East Village. The group has undergone many changes in their li …
29.01.2011

Stevie Holland

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Songwriting is a very personal experience for an artist. Oftentimes, it exposes the artist’s vulnerabilities to everyone in the room during the recording process. How else can a belter like the late Roy Orbison be able to give people chills up and down their spines when they listen to his recording of "Crying," or feel the wounds in country legend Johnny Cash’s voice when he sang, "Ring of Fire?" Stevie Holland’s voice emotes a similar passionate elegance only with female timbres. Luckily for …
29.01.2011

David Sanborn

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Legendary sax man David Sanborn has had a steady influence in music for a long time. He has worked with some of the biggest names in rock and pop music, including Eric Clapton, the Eagles, the Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, and Stevie Wonder. He has also worked with jazz greats Miles Davis and the Brecker Brothers. He has also embraced hip-hop, working with Guru, and alternative music with the group Ween. Even though he has been an outstanding side man for ma …
29.01.2011

Incognito

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Take a casual listen to Incognito’s latest CD, Tales from the Beach, and be prepared for a musical excursion that showcases a blend of infectious influences from various exotic cities in the world. On this new CD, Incognito, led by founder and front man Jean Paul "Bluey" Maunick, is keeping the music cohesive as always, with beats steep in jazz that are vibrant by nature and mellow when they want to be. Incognito’s sound is unique, a sound that has set the bar since the late …
29.01.2011

Robin McKelle

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Vocalist Robin McKelle, who made a splash with her debut CD, is poised to create even bigger waves this year with the release of her much-anticipated sophomore release, Modern Antique. The CD, which comes out in the United States in August, had an early release in France, where it debuted at no less than No. 1 and continues to ride high on the jazz charts with a cool sound that offers a nod to the 1940s while avoiding being sentimental. The singer recently spoke with JazzReview …
29.01.2011

Roman Matin

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"A wonderful new talent with deep feeling," said legendary Sheila Jordan, when she heard Roman’s music for the first time, and the famous Tom Waits’ saxophonist Ralph Carney exclaimed, "At last, an original voice!" Roman Matin is a Russian guitarist and composer whose name is just beginning to become famous for the American and European audience. The creator of a truly unique style of playing the guitar, the holder of the original beauty of sound, marked by famous musicians and thousands of l …