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-Isq: Too

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Vocal jazz gets a justifiably hard time these days--endless rehashes of “the Great American Songbook" or other Fifties showtunes, with high production values but little originality and even less to say. Enough to make any self-respecting reviewer power down their laptop you might think, but then out of the blue come gems like this from the improbably monikered -isq. -isq are a quartet who draw inspiration from jazz, taking it as their starting point but allowing other influences ...

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Joanna Pascale: To Tell a Story in Song

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Among jazz vocalists, there are two main categories: those who belt out a tune with flourish, ornamentation, punctuation, and improvising known as “scat." Ella Fitzgerald is the prime representative of that approach. Then there are those who omit the superfluous, carefully crafting every word and note, bringing out the underlying emotions. Think of Billie Holiday. Joanna Pascale is a vocalist who has honed the latter approach into a way of literally being with the song in an I-Thou relationship. An ...

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Art of Cool Jazz Festival: Gretchen Parlato and Alan Hampton

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Art of Cool Jazz Festival Gretchen Parlato and Alan Hampton PSI Theater Durham, NC April 25, 2015 It was a cool, whistful, and breezy Saturday evening. Sounds of improvisation and ingenuity seeped out of the edifices of multiple, cozy and packed venues---and into the air of the night. It was the final night of The Art of Cool Jazz Festival and one of several closing acts featured Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Gretchen Parlato and ...

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Theo Jackson: Shoeless And The Girl

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Theo Jackson's second album, Shoeless And The Girl, is an old-fashioned kind of record. That's “old-fashioned" as in melodic, swinging, understated, lyrically engaging--old-fashioned in a really good way.Jackson's debut, Jericho (Self Produced, 2012), was impressive but the lengthy songs sometimes lost focus. Shoeless And The Girl is a more mature, more savvy, album: the songs all come in at under 5.40, the arrangements are tight and Jackson's lyrics are given the primacy they deserve. Bassist Huntly Gordon and ...

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Sarah Riedel: Living Up To Expectations

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The world of jazz is no stranger to the sound of the Swedish language. Alice Babs and Monica Zetterlund--and more recently, Rigmor Gustafsson--are just a few of the names of jazz vocalists hailing from this cold northern country that have reached the ears of US and UK audiences. Some people believe that spoken Swedish sounds “song-like," melodic even, with high and low tones. Unlike English, Swedish has more than one two types of emphasis for different words, which ...

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Sarah Partridge: I Never Thought I’d Be Here

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Boston-born singer Sarah Partridge didn't start out a singer. She started out as an actor (you can see her opposite of Tom Cruise in Risky Business (Warner Brothers, 1983)) who took the Karaoke stage one night and got noticed by the right ears and five recordings later the rest is history. Where her previous recording, Perspective (Self Produced, 2010) was an intimate, piano-voice affair of standards, the present I Never Thought I'd Be Here is a full sextet band reading ...

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Ultimate Sinatra: A Very Good Compilation

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On December 12, 1915, Francis Albert Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. This single birth in this sleepy borough was the first tremor in a musical earthquake that changed the cultural landscape all around the world, forever. On April 21, 2015, in celebration of Frank Sinatra's centennial year, Capitol/UMe released the first career retrospective that surveys the complete recording history of “The Chairman of the Board." Drawn from his recordings for Columbia (1943-'52), Capitol (1953-'62; 1993-'94) and ...

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Frank Sinatra

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In the 1950s and '60s, there erupted into the world's consciousness a series of celebrities so unique and identifiable, from several different public arenas, that they were known by only one name. It was as if those were names were mythical and could not possibly be mistaken for anyone else. Elvis. Martin and Malcolm. Marilyn. John Paul George and Ringo. Ali. And Sinatra. Frank Sinatra released hit albums for half a century. His career began to take off ...



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