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Groundhog Day

Read "Groundhog Day" reviewed by H William Stine

Explain to me again why we created a holiday to honor an ugly, destructive rodent and a misguided superstition while continuing to discredit the value of scientific facts in our lives? I based my Groundhog Day celebration on the classic movie and this rule: if you hear a song once this week, you're going to hear it at least twice. (Okay, I did start the show with one Groundhog Day song.) Playlist Cody Owen Stine “Paris Mismatch" ...

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Wild Women Don't Get the Blues - Happy birthday to Ida Cox

Read "Wild Women Don't Get the Blues - Happy birthday to Ida Cox" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast on the first Sunday of Women's History Month included new releases from Jenna Mammina, Lioness and Claudia Acuna with birthday shout outs to Ida Cox, baritone saxophonist Claire Daly, vocalists Roseanna Vitro, Sara Gazarek, Sara Serpa, and pianist Kirk Nurock among others, plus a sampling of who's playing around town and tributes to Andre Previn. Playlist Tardo Hammer “Little Man, You've Had a Busy Day" from Tardo's Tempo (Sharp Nine) 00:00 Jenna & the Charmers “Free ...

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Andre Previn: Four Classic Albums

Read "Andre Previn: Four Classic Albums" reviewed by David Rickert

Andre PrevinFour Classic AlbumsAvid Group 2011 Andre Previn may not be as well known as fellow West Coast pianists Vince Guaraldi and Dave Brubeck, but he nevertheless created a respectable body of work, mostly as a trio with drummer Shelly Manne, with whom he created a series of recordings where they swapped the leader role back and forth. This compilation collects four of Previn's sessions from the West Coast heyday of ...

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Andre Previn/David Finck: We Got It Good and That Ain't Bad

Read "We Got It Good and That Ain't Bad" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Andre Previn - or more accurately, Sir Andre, given the knighthood bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth in 1996 - is one of the very few pianists who moves back and forth between jazz and classical music with ease. Others of note are Keith Jarrett and, to a lesser extent, Mel Powell. There has been considerable debate whether a classical musician can successfully make this transition given the restraints on improvisation in the classical genre. It depends, I suppose, on ...

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Andr: We Got It Good And That Ain

Read "We Got It Good And That Ain" reviewed by Jim Santella

André Previn’s piano brings us theme and variations on songs associated with composer Duke Ellington. Bassist David Finck provides subtle accompaniment and lyrical interludes.

The pieces themselves are like old friends. And here they’re treated with respect. So sit down, my friends, and tell me how you’ve been lately.

The titles from Ellington’s blues-based songs represent lyrics by themselves. The ideas live through those melodies. “I got it bad." “Do nothin’ till you hear from me." “It don’t mean a ...

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Andre Previn: We Got It Good And That Ain't Bad

Read "We Got It Good And That Ain't Bad" reviewed by AAJ Staff

We haven’t heard much from André Previn lately, have we? I mean, those of us in the world of jazz enthusiasts. He has been writing operas, completing classical commissions and conducting orchestras around the world.Well, Deutche Grammaphon, on whose label Previn records whatever his protean imagination produces (or so it seems), has corrected that omission. By staggering the release of “We Got It Good And That Ain’t Bad” by approximately a year after its recording in Tanglewood, the ...


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