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Mike Melvoin Trio: You Know

Read "You Know" reviewed by William Grim

"Adult songs for and about adults." That is Mike Melvoin's description of this trio album, and all of the prose poems that could be written about the technical brilliance of the performances contained therein would miss the essential truth of those six words. This is music of the highest quality with a seriousness of purpose that dares to suggest that there is more to American culture than the Neanderthal yelpings of hip-hop, the dumbed-down blatherings of teen pop, and the ...

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Mike Melvoin Presents Dan Jaffe: Playing The Word

Read "Playing The Word" reviewed by Mark Corroto

A quick trip to Borders finds rows and rows of books about jazz history, biography and discography in the music section. Most of them will certainly help you fall asleep late at night. Give me the oral history of our music: the stories, the myths and the lies.

Jazz is about the beat, and really nothing but the beat. Jack Kerouac knew this, so did Kenneth Patchen and Tom Waits. You know a jazzman when you meet him. ...

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Mike Melvoin: It's Always You

Read "It's Always You" reviewed by Bill Tannebring

I first heard Mike Melvoin when he worked with flautist Paul Horn in the ‘60s. The innovative Horn had chosen a brilliant rhythm section that included, along with Melvoin, bassist Steve Gilmore and drummer Bill Goodwin. And now, nearly 40 years later, that same trio reunites on It’s Always You, Melvoin's newest CD on the City Light label.

Melvoin's long career includes collaborations with legendary artists that include Leroy Vinnegar, Gerald Wilson, Joe Pass, Oliver Nelson, and Milt Jackson. He’s ...

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Mike Melvoin: It's Always You

Read "It's Always You" reviewed by William Grim

Pianist Mike Melvoin's new CD, It's Always You reaches the same high standards of his last issue, Oh Baby. Building upon his trio with Steve Gilmore on bass and Bill Goodwin on drums, Melvoin considerably ups the musical ante by including legendary alto saxophonist Phil Woods. The album showcases a nice blend of standards and Melvoin originals. In this age of so- called "lite jazz" pabulum, it's so refreshing to hear musicians who can swing and provide food for thought ...

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Mike Melvoin: Oh Baby

Read "Oh Baby" reviewed by William Grim

Oh Baby is about as good a jazz piano trio album as you’ll ever hear, at least in this millennium. Mike Melvoin is one of the unsung heroes of the music industry, a prolific composer/arranger/producer for countless albums, television shows and films. As a pianist he’s logged more hours in the recording studio than just about any pianist on the planet. He’s been President of NARAS, he’s been the musical director for the Grammy Awards, and now he’s going back ...


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