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Michael Kaeshammer: Kaeshammer

Read "Kaeshammer" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


It doesn't take a Charles Darwin to realize that the true evolutionary inheritors of Frank Sinatra's and Peggy Lee's brand of “popular" music were Elton John and Billy Joel, and not Harry Connick, Jr. or Michael Buble, the latter being more keepers of the flame than the former innovators. Had popular music not dissembled into the current confused concoction of country, rock and hip-hop, where might it have ended up? At the door of German/Canadian Michael Kaeshammer, that's where.

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Michael Kaeshammer: Lovelight

Read "Lovelight" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose


Michael Kaeshammer is an artist brimful with talent. Not only can he hold is own with some first-call pianists, but he can also play in a variety of styles and is well versed in the history of popular 20th century music. He is also a fine vocalist, with a slightly gravelly voice. He is well aware of his limited range, making use of it to squeeze emotion out of a song when required. He can also cast caution to the ...

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Michael Kaeshammer: Strut

Read "Strut" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Michael Kaeshammer studied classical piano when he was a child. By the time he entered his teens, he fell in love with boogie-woogie piano. Form then on, jazz and its diverse extensions captured his muse, and his first recording, 1996's Blue Skies, showcased that proclivity. Time saw the release of two more albums and now, with his fourth, Kaeshammer shows a compact feel for mood and dynamics.

Kaeshammer and his band converse fluidly and bring in an ...

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Michael Kaeshammer: No Strings Attatched

Read "No Strings Attatched" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Categorizing this album as Mainstream was the best middle ground I could find for this collection of fantastic piano playing backed with talented accompanyists. Singer, songwriter, arranger, pianist Michael Kaeshammer (pronounced Case-Hammer) has brought boogie woogie back to the fore with a rousing collection of original tunes and a few from the respected and treasured past.

The fantastic solo rendering of Joplin's “Maple Leaf Rag" is alone worth the price of admission. With the first cut ...

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Michael Kaeshammer: No Strings Attatched

Read "No Strings Attatched" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Categorizing this album as Mainstream was the best middle ground I could find for this collection of fantastic piano playing backed with talented accompanyists. Singer, songwriter, arranger, pianist Michael Kaeshammer (pronounced Case-Hammer) has brought boogie woogie back to the fore with a rousing collection of original tunes and a few from the respected and treasured past.

The fantastic solo rendering of Joplin's “Maple Leaf Rag" is alone worth the price of admission. With the first cut starting rather ...

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Michael Kaeshammer: Tell You How I Feel

Read "Tell You How I Feel" reviewed by John Sharpe


What sort of strange, cross-cultural jazz hybrid do we have here? This twenty-one-year-old whiz kid was born in Germany, moved to Vancouver and tickles the ivories like old time stride/boogie-woogie legends Fats Waller, Pete Johnson and Meade “Lux" Lewis! The eleven tracks on Tell You How I Feel, Michael's second release, run the stylistic gamut from Horace Silver (Doodlin'), Duke Ellington (Caravan), Benny Goodman (Airmail Special), to country legend Hank Williams (Move It On Over). Michael has enlisted the aid ...


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