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Top Ten Jazz Tracks for Surf Music

Read "Top Ten Jazz Tracks for Surf Music" reviewed by Alan Bryson

The notion of jazz as surf music seems absurd at first blush, but it can work surprisingly well. Some time ago I learned this by happenstance while listening to an album by fusion guitarist Alex Machacek as I watched surf videos on YouTube. It was a true “ah ha" moment. Compared to the original soundtrack, Alex's music was much better suited to the surfers' incredible aesthetics, athletics, and the resulting excitement. It struck me that it might be ...

TALKING 2 MUSICIANS

Barbara Dennerlein

Read "Barbara Dennerlein" reviewed by Alan Bryson

Music is wondrously implausible, an invisible art form that is arguably best appreciated with your eyes shut. Yet it is equally true that live music, like great sporting events, has the capacity to trigger powerful emotional responses, focus people on the present, and unite a disparate crowd around a shared experience happening on stage. Each approach has its own charm, and occasionally you can shut your eyes during a concert to have the best of both worlds. Showmanship ...

TALKIN' BLUES

Talkin' Blues with Barbara Dennerlein

Read "Talkin' Blues with Barbara Dennerlein" reviewed by Alan Bryson

If there were a Guinness World Records prize for jazz artist with the biggest organ, it could very well go to Barbara Dennerlein. No doubt, her Hammond B3 was a disc-crushing bane for countless roadies over the past three decades, but a B3 pales in comparison to what she's been playing lately. Imagine five organs with nearly 18,000 metal pipes, linked to one keyboard with over 200 registers--that's some seriously heavy metal. Welcome to the world of pipe organs.

LIVE REVIEWS

Barbara Dennerlein Quartet at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Barbara Dennerlein Quartet at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Peter Forst

Barbara Dennerlein QuartetRonnie Scott'sLondon, EnglandJune 6, 2009

The sold-out space in Ronnie Scott's Club was illuminated by candle light when Barbara Dennerlein and her band took the stage. The Ronnie Scott All-Stars had already finished the opening set with some familiar tunes featuring piano and flugelhorn as the lead voices, backed by bass and drums. This short program established an appropriate contrast to what was to come. The traditional, wooden Hammond B3 ...

INTERVIEWS

Barbara Dennerlein: A Study in Contrasts

Read "Barbara Dennerlein: A Study in Contrasts" reviewed by Alan Bryson

In many ways Barbara Dennerlein is a study in contrasts. From a North American perspective she is an insider's tip, a superlative Hammond B3 player known to hardcore jazz fans, admired by fellow B3 players, and respected by her musical peers. We can contrast that with how she is known in the German speaking countries of central Europe. In those European Countries she has achieved a level of recognition unusual among jazz musicians. She has performed on ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Barbara Dennerlein: Outhipped

Read "Outhipped" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

One of the best-kept secrets of the burgeoning revivalist movement involving the Hammond B3 organ has been the unusual, but consistently underrated efforts of Barbara Dennerlein. A native of Germany, the organist's career began almost 20 years ago and since then she has labored quietly while releasing a distinguished set of albums for Enja and most recently Verve. Outhipped is Dennerlein's third outing for Verve and its marked by some unusually sophisticated writing, not to mention a large (12 in ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Barbara Dennerlein: Outhipped

Read "Outhipped" reviewed by John Sharpe

Outhipped is a splendid follow-up to Barbara Dennerlein’s first two releases for Verve -- Take Off! (1995) and Junkanoo (1997). Again, she takes full advantage of the rich, deep tones of the Hammond B3 to produce a heady mix of funky, soulful jazz. Mitch Watkins (guitar) and Don Alias (percussion), holdovers from the earlier CDs, are joined by a stellar lineup that includes jazz heavyweights Ray Anderson (trombone/tuba), Antonio Hart (alto/soprano) and Jeff “Tain" Watts (drums). This formidable aggregation surges ...


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