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by Jim Santella
Primarily an acoustic session, Carmen Lundy’s latest album presents her clear, expressive alto voice in the company of complementary soloists Frank Foster, Randy Brecker and Bob Mintzer. With Billy Childs and Santi DeBriano backing her on most tracks, the jazz singer weaves through lush ballads, a few original tunes, several rhythmic adventures, and intricate blues-based stories. Lundy’s singing presence is so full of confidence and enthusiasm that she charms the listener right out of his or her shoes. Duke Ellington’s ...read more
by C. Michael Bailey
Though I have several recordings on which Ray Bryant appears, I had been unaware of who he is and where he fits in the musical scheme of things. Recently, while listening to several demo CDs, I came across his newest recording, The Ray Bryant Trio: Ray?s Tribute to his Piano Friends, and fell in love with it. This is a recording that is not unlike Oscar Peterson?s A Tribute to My Friends (Pablo PACD-2310-902-2, 1987) except that Bryant?s tribute is ...read more
by Ed Kopp
In his book Jazz For Beginners, Ron David says that nobody really loves jazz. People love Miles or Dixieland or Free Jazz or Fusion or two, three or four of the above -- but nobody loves jazz. It's too varied."
Truer words were never written. I like to think of myself as a lover of all kinds of jazz, but when it really comes down to it, I prefer swing, bop, fusion, and anything that smacks of the blues. Sure ...read more
by AAJ Staff
COLEMAN HAWKINS Good Old Broadway (JVC)BILL EVANS TRIO At Shelly's Manne-Hole (JVC)GENE AMMONS Boss Tenor (JVC)
Fantasy has been pretty good about licensing titles it owns to labels that put out audiophile CDs, including DCC and JVC. The sound quality is superb on these three audiophile versions of titles that originally came out on Riverside and Prestige catalogues and are presently owned by Fantasy.
Toward the end of his life, Coleman Hawkins sunk into an emotional abyss and drank himself ...read more
by AAJ Staff
Living in the United Kingdom could have its pitfalls with regard to hearing fine music but thanks to two kind friends in the United States (Mary Jo Rathbun in Providence and Steve van Dyke in Wisconsin) I can hear that wonderful syndicated show entitled 'Sounds of Brazil'. Otherwise I would not have heard a track on the Scott Adams show called My Heart's With You" by Hiroko Kokubu. To miss this treasure would be the musical equivalent of dying ...read more