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Mike Bardash Quintet: Polygon

Read "Polygon" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Mike Bardash, who has been playing piano since age five and performing in and around the New York City area for more than a quarter-century, gets right down to “Brass Tacks" on Polygon, which, as far as can be determined, is the first full-length album he has recorded as leader of a group, in this case the Mike Bardash Quintet. The bracing studio date, for which Bardash composed ten of the eleven selections, touches a lot of bases, from bop ...

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The Greg Abate Quartet Featuring Phil Woods: The Greg Abate Quintet Featuring Phil Woods

Read "The Greg Abate Quintet Featuring Phil Woods" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Led by reed man, educator and Conn-Selmer clinician Greg Abate, The Greg Abate Quintet Featuring Phil Woods documents an electrifying set of bebop, straight-ahead and Latin styles featuring legendary alto saxophonist Phil Woods as its marquee player. The quintet burns through an exciting ten-piece repertoire of Abate originals complimented by contributions from both Woods and pianist John Patrick. Abate, like Woods, is known for his mastery of the alto, but on this date his superb talents on the baritone, soprano ...

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Tom Culver: Tom Culver Sings Johnny Mercer: I Remember You

Read "Tom Culver Sings Johnny Mercer: I Remember You" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Johnny Mercer was a class act as a lyricist. He, alone, could well populate the jazz songbook of standards. Singer Tom Culver pays special tribute to Mercer with I Remember You, a sporting collection of Mercer's finest that include “Day In, Day Out," “Skylark," “Moon River," and the title cut. Culver is a vocalist cut from the same bolt as Roger Cairns, both men possessing distinct and joyful voices and an expert knack for the American Songbook. Both also sport ...

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Dolores Scozzesi: A Special Taste

Read "A Special Taste" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Whenever the names of legendary vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Edith Piaf are used to describe a new singer, it's clear that there's something special about that artist. Dolores Scozzesi is one such artist, and her unique Mezzosoprano voice separates her from the plethora of female jazz vocalist dotting the landscape these days. After a brief hiatus to raise a family, and years of performing in clubs from Los Angeles to Paris, Scozzesi--who revived her passion ...

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Dolores Scozzesi: A Special Taste

Read "A Special Taste" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Los Angeles-based vocalist Dolores Scozzesi concludes A Special Taste with the time-honored Kosma/Mercer standard, “Autumn Leaves." Her approach is one of simplicity and elegance, opening the piece with Jacques Prevert's French lyrics, an alto Edith Piaf crossed with Roberta Gambarini and accented with Daniela Schachter. Scozzesi is accompanied to great effect by guitarist Grant Geissman, who arranged the piece as a light samba decorated with his intricate Latin latticework. In such close confines, a potent musicality is ...

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Melody Breyer-Grell: Fascinatin' Rhythms: Singing Gershwin

Read "Fascinatin' Rhythms: Singing Gershwin" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


Coming on the heels of her well-received debut album, The Right Time (Rhombus, 2004), jazz singer Melody Breyer-Grell's Fascinatin' Rhythms: Singing Gershwin is an appreciation of the Gershwin songbook. This is, by itself, a daunting task, since there are many preceding greats who have interpreted these songs many times over. Tackling tunes like “Embraceable You," “Someone to Watch Over Me" and “Nice Work If You Can Get It," the obvious comparison is with the Ella Fitzgerald-Billie Holiday-Sarah Vaughan A-List. Here, ...

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Melody Breyer-Grell: Fascinatin' Rhythms: Singing Gershwin

Read "Fascinatin' Rhythms: Singing Gershwin" reviewed by Marcia Hillman


Melody Breyer-Grell and the Gershwin songbook make a good combo on this, her second release, ably abetted by Don Braden (sax), Jim Rotondi (trumpet), Gloria Cooper (piano), Dean Johnson (bass), Matt Wilson (drums), John Hart (guitar) and Kahil Kwame Bell (percussion). The vocalist's classical and musical theater training blends well with the richness of George's harmonies and Ira's intelligent lyrics. Breyer-Grell has chosen a large chunk of the Gershwin collection to explore--some which many have done but ...


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