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Album Review

Doug Webb: Apples & Oranges

Read "Apples & Oranges" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


The ingenuity of veterans operating within the recognizable parameters of the jazz mainstream never ceases to impress. A case in point is Apples & Oranges, tenor and soprano saxophonist Doug Webb's tenth release for the Posi-Tone imprint. A program comprised of the warhorses “In A Sentimental Mood," “Spring Is Here," and “Estate," the 1960s pop song “How Can I Be Sure," plus a blues, a waltz and a couple of bebop lines composed by the leader may seem passé in ...

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Album Review

Doug Webb: Apples & Oranges

Read "Apples & Oranges" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Chances are good that pretty much everybody in the US has heard Doug Webb's music. He's performed for numerous television programs, including Law and Order, Family Guy and The Simpsons, where he played Lisa Simpson's saxophone parts. He's also been featured on several movie soundtracks and recorded with artists in practically every genre of music, including jazz greats such as Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard and Stanley Clarke to name a few.Webb has also established a formidable collection of ...

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Doug Webb: Fast Friends

Read "Fast Friends" reviewed by Mark Corroto


There is nothing as soul cleansing as bebop. Period. When you couple the music with the sunshine of Los Angeles (OK, when the smog has cleared) there is a medicinal, tonic effect to be had. Enter L.A. session saxophonist Doug Webb, a contributor to film and television, and member of big bands led by Bill Holman, Doc Severinsen, and Don Menza. Fast Friends is his eighth release for Positone. His previous disc, Bright Side (2016) featured trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, guitarist ...

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Album Review

Doug Webb: Bright Side

Read "Bright Side" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


From one perspective, Doug Webb's Bright Side is basically twelve tracks clothed in very recognizable forms --a few varieties of soul-jazz, a couple of heartfelt ballads, a taut bossa nova, and an array of middling and up tempo straight- ahead swingers. Although the material is thoroughly enjoyable, it's tempting to succumb to a nagging notion that its all been done countless times before, and then simply move on to a record by yet another brave soul planting his/her flag in ...

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Doug Webb: Sets The Standard

Read "Sets The Standard" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Doug Webb's newly released Sets The Standard is a textbook case of individual resourcefulness and group consonance in the context of songs often associated with the jazz tradition. For the most part, Webb, who plays tenor, stritch, and soprano sax on the record, puts his assertive, hard blowing persona on hold in favor of a somewhat laid- back, nuanced approach to the heads and to improvisation. It doesn't feel like a compromise or a concession to marketplace realities as much ...

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Album Review

Doug Webb: Back East

Read "Back East" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Back East, tenor saxophonist Doug Webb's second 2015 release for the Posi-Tone Records label, is not unlike a thirteen course meal in which every course is sublime, yet the portions are rather small and each dish is cleared quickly, leaving one with an intense desire for more of a particular flavor. Needless to say, there is a practical reason for the programming of short tracks on the part of independent labels attempting to release significant jazz recordings and generate enough ...

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Live Review

Doug Webb at The Turning Point Cafe

Read "Doug Webb at The Turning Point Cafe" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Doug Webb The Turning Point Cafe Piermont, NY September 28, 2015 The Monday Jazz Sessions, a fixture at The Turning Point Café since 2007, are a product of the dauntless efforts of series curator John Richmond. Among other responsibilities, Richmond books the musicians, publicizes the events, enthusiastically greets visitors, tends to the lighting, interacts with the staff, serves as master of ceremonies and, after a set by the featured artists, manages a jam session. One ...


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