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Album Review

Mike Clark & Michael Zilber: Mike Drop

Read "Mike Drop" reviewed by Paul Rauch

A first encounter with saxophonist Michael Zilber in a live setting leaves a very large impression. Enshrouding the marvelous facility and deeply melodic approach to improvisation is “the sound" which allows the listener to receive the music in a soulful way. When that sound and imagination are driven by the post-bop mastery of drummer Mike Clark, illuminating things can and will take place.Celebrating a ten-year friendship, Zilber and Clark laid down this session in Oakland in 2018 for ...

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Zeena Quinn: Going My Way

Read "Going My Way" reviewed by Jack Bowers

With so many singers these days competing to tempt the ears of an ever-shrinking jazz audience, success often rests not only on the talents of the vocalist but on the songs he or she chooses to interpret. On Going My Way, San Francisco-based vocalist Zeena Quinn puts her best foot forward on the opening numbers, “Lover" and “So in Love" (it's hard to go astray with Rodgers and Hart or Cole Porter) but it takes her quite a while to ...

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Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge: Isla

Read "Isla" reviewed by Forrest Dylan Bryant

Pianist/educator Mark Levine is a master of straight-ahead Latin jazz. The members of his Latin Tinge quartet all share his orientation towards modern bop, enhanced by a remarkable ability to lay down a pretty mean clave beat. On Isla , the group tackles compositions by Cedar Walton and Kenny Garrett as well as standards of both the Latin and popular songbook variety.On Garrett's “Ain't Nothing But the Blues," the tempo is relaxed and the mood keeps cool. Levine's ...

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Mark Levine & The Latin Tinge: Serengeti

Read "Serengeti" reviewed by Jim Josselyn

The rhythms of Latin music are some of the most challenging in jazz. To play this music convincingly, mastery of its syncopation, odd groupings, accents, grooves and poly-rhythms are absolutely required, and this is no easy task. On Serengeti, Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge prove not only are they masters of the groove, but tasteful, soulful and inspired players as well.“Cha Cha Cha Para Mi Alma," a charmingly simple number, starts this recording in a relaxed, swinging ...

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Peter Barshay: Pit Of Fashion

Read "Pit Of Fashion" reviewed by Jim Santella

A century of jazz has brought us many different types of music, which we continue to house under one umbrella. Bassist Peter Barshay represents the central line; however, his album pushes the envelope in various directions. A part of the program is tongue-in-cheek and some of the material catches fire. When you offer smooth jazz, hip bop, and straight-ahead arrangements in the same session you’ve got the ear of many. Barshay’s title track features a sextet line-up. Other songs employ ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Mike Drop

Sunnyside Records


Going My Way

Self Produced



Left Coast Clave Records



Self Produced


Pit Of Fashion

Platform Recordings


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