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Paul Marinaro: Not Quite Yet

Read "Not Quite Yet" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Singer Paul Marinaro issued his acclaimed debut album Without A Song (122 Myrtle Records) in 2013. Seven years after the release of his follow-up, “One Night In Chicago" (122 Myrtle Records), and with almost a decade of performing from coast to coast at top-end clubs, including New York's Birdland, he has released Not Quite Yet, which is devoted to exploring timeless themes, such as life, love and the search for lasting connections. Accompanying Marinaro are longtime band members guitarist Mike ...

Album Review

Paul Marinaro: Not Quite Yet

Read "Not Quite Yet" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

The cover of the album is vaguely noir, with the urban greenish cast of tungsten film. A sole figure leans slightly against a building, downcast, staring into his soul, and waiting out a lit cigarette when it was still hip to smoke. The guy is Frank Sinatra and the album was In The Wee Small Hours. The year is 1955. It is difficult to believe that jny: Chicago-based vocalist Paul Marinaro has even been born, but clearly, Sinatra will make ...

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Leah Crane: Lucky to Be Me

Read "Lucky to Be Me" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova

Hailing from Indianapolis and based in Chicago, versatile singer Leah Crane released Lucky to Be Me in 2022 after working on it since 2019. Joining her on the album is Paul Langford, a Chicago-based singer, arranger, keyboardist, producer and conductor. The album also features Rob Dixon on saxophone, Daniel Duarte on guitar, Shawn Sommer on bass and Tom Hipskind on drums. Lucky To Be Me has a variety of instrumentation ranging from a duet to an ...

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Chris Madsen: Bonfire

Read "Bonfire" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes

The winds of change have been blowing over the record business for over two decades, altering the ways in which consumers listen to music. With the rise of internet-based services such as Spotify and YouTube, the prospect of an expensive trip to the recording studio has soured for many jazz musicians. Despite the fact that the days when their predecessors put out a new album each year have long gone the way of the dodo bird, there is still something ...

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Chris Madsen: Pop Art

Read "Pop Art" reviewed by Thomas Carroll

Freedom of musical form is one of the many beauties of jazz. Jazz musicians express themselves through improvisation over musical structures that they can alter at any moment, shifting through different meters, timbres and harmonic landscapes. However, musicians run the risk of becoming too self-invested when they engage in long-form improvisation. In those unfortunate instances when improvisers begin to neglect the audience or their fellow band mates, the freedom that makes jazz such a potent musical product becomes a nuisance, ...

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Chris Madsen: Hidden

Read "Hidden" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Hidden is one of those mainstream discs that reminds us that there really is life and originality in accessible jazz. Chris Madsen, an extremely talented composer, makes the flow of each track continually surprising. He is also a deep thinking soloist who refuses to go for the easy lick. The smile factor on this album is huge; the listening experience is deeply enjoyable. The music has more than one layer. On the other side of the coin, ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Old Souls

Calligram Records


Lucky to Be Me

Paul Langford Music


Not Quite Yet

122 Myrtle Records



Outside in Music


Pop Art

Self Produced



Self Produced



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