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by Edward Blanco
Pianist/composer Eddie Mendenhall is a young music professor at Monterey Peninsula College, and serves as an instructor at the renowned Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Jazz Camp. As a music professional, Mendenhall leads his own uncommon quartet on Cosine Meets Tangent, his debut as leader, featuring the combination of piano and vibes as lead instruments. Mendenhall's professional background includes a seven-year stint on the Tokyo jazz scene, and performing as a member of Ray Brown's Great Big Band for the last ...read more
by Dan McClenaghan
Scott Reeves' Shape Shifter could be called a standard live mainstream affair in that the tunes are, in part, vehicles for some stretching out by the soloists. But the sound slips out of the standard" description, with its atmosphere of adventure and edgy energy, and an approach that more than hints at the avant-garde, in a way that perhaps Jackie McLean did on his '60s Blue Note recordings.Better known for his trombone work, Reeves uses the alto flugelhorn ...read more