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What we're offered here by jazz pianist Dave Fleschner, is his tidy exercise in 'chamber-jazz-bebop.' Dave & his group are fine exponents of the great ethos of jazz one exp…
The most compelling tune on this album is "Gnomesayin' which translated, is obviously Know What I'm Sayin' in the vernacular of the street. This song is in a be bop mode an…
After 20 years of gradually building his rep as a reliable and versatile sideman on the Orange County, Calif., circuit, guitarist Matthew Von Doran has finally stepped out …
Sounds of Summer, released by Concord Records, is their Jazz Moods series celebrating the summer its warmth and cheer with a compilation of cool and up-beat numbers from va…
It’s "Hot" and vivacious, this journey Allison Miller takes us on, as she introduces her debut recording, released by Foxhaven Records named "5 am stroll". The label this p…
A wide range of talent shares the spotlight on this tightly composed album. It’s soft, smooth, a little perky, yet, introspective and thought provoking.Opening with a se…
I have one rule when it comes to smooth jazz. Don't bore me. Jazz can be exciting, inspired and improvised. What it should never be is trite or tedious. I'm pleased …
Possibly because of its many stylistic variants and the large number of musicians involved in the music during its heydays, recorded jazz has been more closely tied to vari…
Lee Konitz and Alan Broadbent: Two craftsmen from different jazz generations united by an emphasis on exploration rather than emotion. The result is inventive music that cr…
Jimmy Giuffre was always a little ahead of the curve. Though he was lumped in with the (often unfairly maligned) Cool School, his stuff was always adventurous. JG omitted d…