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Sinne Eeg: We've Just Begun

Read "We've Just Begun" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Nelson Riddle said his arrangement protocol always brought into play the strengths, weaknesses and performance nuances of the singer. Pairing the vocalist with the arranged ensemble where duo becomes uno was his forte. And when a singer has the talent to mesh seamlessly into the arrangement both before and during the performance, those are the recordings that stand out from the pack. This one certainly does. With We've Just Begun, Danish vocalist Sinne Eeg is not only accompanied ...

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Sinne Eeg: We've Just Begun

Read "We've Just Begun" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Any vocalist who can summon the world-class Danish Radio Big Band to serve as a backup group must have something special to offer. Sinne Eeg, whose lustrous voice uplifts and illuminates her ninth album, We've Just Begun, has all of that and more. Eeg, as it turns out, is a shining star in her native Denmark--and if she weren't, she certainly should be. Singing mostly in English, Eeg displays a charming voice that is strong and clear and a style ...

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Album Review

Tierney Sutton Band: Screenplay

Read "Screenplay" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Cinema-related “standards" have been fertile territory for musicians to harvest ever since Al Jolson walked miles for smiles. With Screenplay, 8-time Grammy-nominated vocalist Tierney Sutton—here as the Tierney Sutton Band—takes a fascinating retrospective, delivering fifteen tunes we have often heard— but never this creatively. The result is a showcase that is unique, engaging, and—in terms of how Sutton, pianist Christian Jacob, bassists Trey Henry and Kevin Axt and drummer Ray Brinker collectively speak—brilliant. “The Windmills of Your Mind" ...

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Tierney Sutton Band: ScreenPlay

Read "ScreenPlay" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


A cinematic sweep has long been present in the music of the Tierney Sutton Band, but never before have the stories been so vivid and the colors as striking. With ScreenPlay this long-running group adopts and adapts material from the silver screen, creating high art that's spellbinding and eminently listenable. In the past, whether exploring the music of rock icon Sting, remodeling the Great White Way, or placing jazz classics in new light, Sutton and her bandmates ...

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Album Review

John Daversa: Wobbly Dance Flower

Read "Wobbly Dance Flower" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


"Wobbly Dance Flower" is the title of one of the tracks on this CD but it also captures the frisky, goofy vibe of the entire disc. Trumpeter John Daversa writes sophisticated music with catchy melodies that share the off-beat, slightly wacky humor of musicians like Matt Wilson and Jack Walrath. The sounds and approaches on Wobbly Dance Flower change constantly, sometimes within the same composition. The opening “Ms. Turkey" has a super-fast stop-start boppish melody powered by Joe ...

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Album Review

John Daversa: Wobbly Dance Flower

Read "Wobbly Dance Flower" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


As trumpeter John Daversa explains simply in the liners, Wobbly Dance Flower boils down to having fun. And glory be does he hit it squarely out of the park. Here's an upper deck moon shot so uplifting, so tightly nuanced and choreographed with shifts of meter, attitude, altitude, and an irresistible swing guaranteed to shake you from the apocalyptic feel that seems to have engulfed most of us.An explosive burst of sound and color, the eight snappy and ...

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Album Review

John Daversa: Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles

Read "Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Does the world need another collection of Beatles covers? The same argument could be had about any of the dozens of standards that regularly, sometimes ad nauseam, crop up on new releases. But redundancy is validated each time an Amy Winehouse takes on “Body and Soul" or Avicii reinvents “Feeling Good," and those instances serve as wakeup calls to re-appreciate the originals. There should be little doubt that the works of John Lennon and Paul McCartney--and occasionally George Harrison--need to ...


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