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Notable and Nearly Missed 2015

Read "Notable and Nearly Missed 2015" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

John Petrucelli Quintet--The Way (Self Produced, 2014). New Jersey-native saxophonist John Petrucelli is an ambitious young man releasing his debut recording, The Way, as a two-CD set. The eleven selections presented are divided roughly in half, original compositions to standards. Petrucelli's quintet contains both a guitar and piano as harmony instruments, providing a fully-realized foundation for this performance. Thelonious Monk's “Gallop's Gallop" is a circuitous case in point. The complexity of the piece is muted by the mastery with which ...

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Deborah Latz: Fig Tree

Read "Fig Tree" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

West Coast/East Coast vocalist Deborah Latz has release two well- received CDs to date: 2004's Toward Love and 2008's Lifeline (both on June Moon Productions). Coming from a stage background, Latz has no problem instilling drama into her interpretations and does so without sounding like she is trying too hard, a pitfall of many of her contemporaries. Latz has a probing and brilliant alto voice that can achieve several ends at the same time. She can readily conquer the sharp ...

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Deborah Latz: Lifeline

Read "Lifeline" reviewed by Suzanne Lorge

Deborah Latz is a bold singer with a strong sense of her own musical identity. So sure-footed is she that it's hard to imagine her needing a lifeline--she's more the type to throw one to the sinking. Lifeline does just that--the 14 tunes pull the listener into Latz's fast-moving ship as it skims across her repertoire of standards to safety on the opposite shore. Latz kicked off the CD at New York's The Kitano on October 1, 2008, and for ...

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Deborah Latz: Toward Love

Read "Toward Love" reviewed by Andrew Rowan

A sure-footed singer possessing a mature sound and an attractive, lived-in voice, Deborah Latz uses Toward Love as an opportunity to explore a traditional set of popular standards with satisfying results. A swinging “It Had to Be You sets the pace with the band providing great ballast for her vocal. What a treat it is to hear drummer Jimmy Wormworth motor the proceedings on brushes. The ability to imbue a song with honest emotion informs Latz's forthright reading ...

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Deborah Latz: Toward Love

Read "Toward Love" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

They say that love makes the world go around. I don't know about that, but it's made for some great songs, tunes that vocalist Deborah Latz goes after with gusto on her debut disc, Toward Love.On the classic “Loverman," where Billie Holiday sounded fragile and deeply hurt—where Carmen McRae gave us a wounded, world weary mood—Latz evokes a hopeful innocence, as though she believes it will happen, that loverman will show up. The vocalist demonstrates some downtempo sass ...


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