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Hanksgiving: Jazz Tributes to Hank Williams

Read "Hanksgiving: Jazz Tributes to Hank Williams" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Do you sympathize with the plight of the turkeys? Do family reunions bring you anxiety? Then forget about Thanksgiving! Mondo Jazz is here to help you switch to Hanksgiving, with two hours of Jazz tributes to the great Hank Williams, the only singer who is more American than pumpkin pie! This week we have concocted a delicious playlist for you which is all stuffing and no tryptophan, two hours to show how jazz musicians can make even Country ...

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Jack Walrath: Ballroom

Read "Ballroom" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

Jack Walrath not only displays tremendous trumpet playing, a rich and varied approach to composition and wonderful band, he also puts something into this fantastic CD that's missing from too much new jazz: a sense of fun and humor. That's not to say that it isn't sensitive and touching at times--"An Hour Blessed" is arguably as gorgeous as anything ever recorded. However, what is a listener to make of a version of Elvis Presley's “Heartbreak Hotel"? Just ...

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Jack Walrath: In Montana

Read "In Montana" reviewed by J Hunter

Trumpeter Jack Walrath went back to Montana in January of 1980 to accomplish three things: visit his parents, burn down his old high school, and do a recording with a local quartet called--interestingly enough--Montana. Walrath never got around to torching his alma mater, but he did develop a working relationship with four talented musicians who were just as dedicated to stretching the envelope as he was. The result was In Montana, just re-released by Labor Records.

Montana wasn't your average ...

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Jack Walrath & The Masters Of Suspense: Invasion Of The Booty Shakers

Read "Invasion Of The Booty Shakers" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Besides the obvious technicalities, i.e. superior musicianship and crafty arrangements, trumpeter Jack Walrath aims his aspirations towards an elevated entertainment factor with this fine release. And for the uninformed, Walrath’s resume includes high profile stints with Charles Mingus, Ray Charles, Gary Peacock and many others.

The CD cover art reminds this writer of the late Frank Zappa’s Weasel’s Ripped My Flesh LP, although the theme presented here is perhaps a tad less biting! Walrath finds a near ...


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