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"I Don't Know Enough About You" By Dave Barbour And Peggy Lee

Read ""I Don't Know Enough About You" By Dave Barbour And Peggy Lee" reviewed by Tish Oney

The centennial year of another music icon has arrived. In celebrating the one hundredth birthdays of our musical forbears (as has become quite vogue in recent years), we pay special tribute to the catalogs of recordings, original works, and rich performances each has left as a legacy. This past week we celebrated the centennial birthday of American music pioneer Peggy Lee. As intricately detailed in my forthcoming book Peggy Lee: A Century of Song, Lee's prolific legacy included 1100 recorded ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jeong Hwan Park: Sound of Bronze

Read "Sound of Bronze" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A debut recording which belies the youth of its leader, Sound of Bronze is the handiwork of Jeong Hwan Park, a bassist on the rise who has assembled some fine talent and terrific compositions on this promising quartet album. Bouyed by the presence of veteran tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, Park and his colleagues specialize in music which possesses a quiet sophistication and considerable emotional depth. Park penned all eight of the album's cuts, and they are remarkably well-conceived, ...

MY PLAYLIST

The Ultimate Peggy Lee

Read "The Ultimate Peggy Lee" reviewed by Tish Oney

In honor of the 100th birthday of Peggy Lee (which we celebrated May 26, kicking off an entire year of Peggy Lee celebrations around the world), I have been enjoying listening to this timeless artist in a number of ways. Writing my new book, Peggy Lee: A Century of Song, opened my eyes to the treasure trove of recorded music Lee left us as a rich legacy, and it was my goal to make her music the main character of ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Emilia Vancini: And If You Fall, You Fall

Read "And If You Fall, You Fall" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

There is a post-modern, deconstructive spirit in music existing within the anabolic-catabolic dichotomy of composition and performance. This spirit manifests in the same impetus that compels inquisitive minds to take things apart and put them back together differently, if not improving them, then revealing, from a different cleave, some previously unseen aspect of the whole. A master of such is pianist Martial Solal, who has spent a career casually dropping notes here and there, stringing them together, slowly, into a ...

RADIO

Sir Stevie: Jammin' on Stevie Wonder - Part 3

Read "Sir Stevie: Jammin' on Stevie Wonder - Part 3" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

There's so much amazing material penned by Stevie Wonder, so here we go again with the third part of our birthday special. After a dive in renditions from the '70s during part one and two, here we mix things up with a combination of contemporary stunners, like the unique take of Alicia Hall Moran on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered" or the incandescent rendition of “Too High" by Chris Hunter, with classics like Roland Kirk's version of “Ma Cherie Amour" or Toots ...

ALBUM REVIEW

SN Trio: Free Wyoming

Read "Free Wyoming" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

There is a lot of movie going on: The night boatman at the moors, fifty foot ants, a crisis in chaos, gulls, babies, dark climes, eccentric mimes . . . Whatever you can fancy while listening to the unruly codes of saxophonist Sam Newsome and his equally idiosyncratic, first-time rhythm section of bassist Matt Smiley and drummer/percussionist Ron Coulter is happening, whether you can follow it or not, within the challenging realm of Free Wyoming. Recorded live in ...

RADIO

David Murray & the World Saxophone Quartet (1979 - 1996)

Read "David Murray & the World Saxophone Quartet (1979 - 1996)" reviewed by Russell Perry

Perhaps no jazz musician recorded a more varied output in more diverse settings in the 1980s than tenor saxophonist and bass clarinetist David Murray. Three of the best bands to emerge in the decade were his Octet, his Quartet and the collaborative World Saxophone Quartet. He may have been the most recorded jazz artist of the decade, as well, and with consistently high quality. Playlist Host Intro 0:00 World Saxophone Quartet “Fast Life" from W.S.Q. (Black Saint) 3:57 ...


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