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Take Five with Josie Falbo

Read "Take Five with Josie Falbo" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Josie Falbo: Josie is and has been one of jny: Chicago's busiest and most frequently heard studio singers for over 30 years. Heard on over 1,000 commercials in various languages through the decades, many you know like McDonald's, United, Nationwide, Midway Airlines, Great America, Green Giant, Oscar Meyer, Budweiser, Old Style, Sara Lee, Coke and countless others. Josie was also the voice behind the 'Cruisin' USA' arcade game. Josie's diverse vocal abilities have been utilized ...

ALBUM REVIEW

The Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band: Message from Groove and GW

Read "Message from Groove and GW" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Liner notes notwithstanding, the alliance of a big band and organ is hardly unique—Jimmy Smith, Richard “Groove" Holmes and Joey DeFrancesco are organ maestros who have been there and done that; even the great Oscar Peterson once dipped his toes into that water. Having said that, organist Radam Schwartz and his power-laden New Jersey-based ensemble do the concept proud on Message from Groove and GW, burning on all cylinders and swinging as hard and as often as any band has ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Two contrasting Covid-19 recordings from Switzerland

Read "Two contrasting Covid-19 recordings from Switzerland" reviewed by John Eyles

The chaos brought about by the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown hit the livelihoods of most musicians, causing real hardship, difficulties and anxiety for many. The Another Timbre label took action to assist them in several practical ways; it distributed over £3,000 from sales during the pandemic to many musicians whose work it released; in conjunction with other organisations, it put together special playlists and podcasts which were sold via Bandcamp, with the proceeds going to musicians. Finally, and most relevant here, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Eric Binder: Hard Bop

Read "Hard Bop" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Eric Binder is a drummer based in the Chicago area gaining recognition as a teacher and technician who combines slick sequencing and academic awareness to create modern masterworks with a classic jazz sound. This abbreviated yet consistently inspiring album affirms Binder as a rising force on the US jazz scene. Authenticity is obviously vital to Binder, who earned a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and teaches at three colleges. He has multiple, academic-based publications to ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Armaroli - Schiaffini - Sjostrom: Duos & Trios

Read "Duos & Trios" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Italian musicians Sergio Armaroli (vibraphone) and Giancarlo Schiaffini (trombone) beckoned reputable Finland-reared Harri Sjostrom (saxophones) to join them for a session consisting of nine duos and three trios that are somewhat noteworthy due to the unconventional instrumentation. Per the album liners, the goal was to create 'events' such as “amazement, wonder or a good mood through the free formation of notes..." and so on. The artists' notes duly resonate via the crystal-clear audio production, providing additional clarity for ...

RADIO

Be-Bop Django and a Whole Lot More

Read "Be-Bop Django and a Whole Lot More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

A show for you? Of course. We start with twenty-first century music from pianist Andy Adamson, trumpeter Farnell Newton, saxophonist Troy Roberts, and guitarist Jocelyn Gould. Not enough guitar? Well, Joe Pass plays Django Reinhardt, and then Django plays bebop from his last recording session before his death--quite a revelation if the only Django you've heard is his 'Hot Club Swing.' We celebrate the centennials of Dave Brubeck (duets with Paul Desmond) and Carmen McRae (with strings). Then it's off ...

INTERVIEW

John McLaughlin: Where The Muse Leads

Read "John McLaughlin: Where The Muse Leads" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

John McLaughlin--Miles protégé. Jazz/rock revolutionary. East-meets-West visionary. Acoustic, electric and electronic guitar maestro. Now elder statesman of jazz--what is there left to say? A lot it seems... As a septuagenarian who was facing debilitating hand issues--and possibly the end of his playing career--he was starting to say his farewells to touring only a few years ago. Now he seems a man brimming with hope over his miraculous rebound and new musical inspirations--even while addressing the challenges ...


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