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Jazz Articles

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sundae + Mr. Goessl: Makes My Heart Sway

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I admit it. I am raving mad for the Great American Songbook, particularly from for the first three decades of the 20th Century. That same madness extends to acts specializing in this repertoire. Recently pianist Mike Jones further established himself as keeper of the roaring '20s flame with his exceptional trio recording, Roaring (Capri Records, 2016). Another equally successful group specializing in this music of the front end of the last century is the duo, Sundae + ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Allison Adams Tucker: WANDERlust

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Many modern-day jazz vocalists have been known to touchdown in a few different locales over the course of an album, but few to none get their passports stamped in as many places as Allison Adams Tucker does on the aptly named WANDERlust. Tucker brings her multilingual brilliance and cultural savvy to the fore during this expertly planned travelogue. Tucker's voice is a beautiful instrument--one that floats, flies, and seduces with its no-fuss delivery--and she makes great use ...

LIVE REVIEWS

The Tierney Sutton Band at SFJAZZ Center

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The Tierney Sutton Band SFJAZZ Center Summer Jazz Festival San Francisco, CA July 17, 2016 When Tierney Sutton holds a note it sucks the listener in like the gravity of an object slowly accumulating mass. Breaking the rhythm of her spare, surgically precise vocal brushwork, Sutton occasionally freezes on a certain pitch, taking the audience captive until they are forced to regard the intricacies of her timbral landscape. After a second or two, the ...

TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Mercedes Nicole

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About Mercedes Nicole Soft-spoken Mercedes Nicole has an intimate and alluring stage presence that reaches out beyond the limits of time and space. Her voice is haunting and arresting, wrapping itself like a comforter around the human experience, encouraging uplift, seeking not only triumph but healing. She is that exquisite mix of a Mezzo-Soprano & Contralto blend that permeates and interrupts one's thoughts. Often with uncanny control...she lingers. Her own compositions acknowledge life's obscure and melancholy moments ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Carol Duboc: Open The Curtains

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Jazz vocalist and pianist Carol Duboc delivers her eighth solo album presenting seven vibrant originals and three cover tunes on a set of jazz, R&B, funk and Smooth-styled music on the exciting Open The Curtains. Making this a special recording for Duboc, the singer illuminates the power of women by assembling an all-star, talented cast of female players including Patrice Rushen, Sheila E, and Mindi Abair among others. The result of course, is a collection of hard-driving soulful songs with ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Peter Eldridge: Disappearing Day

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Pianist, songwriter and Grammy Award-winning singer Peter Eldridge unveils his fifth solo album with Disappearing Day, presenting a varied mix of styles from jazz and alternative to a country-tinged piece, on seven original tunes and five covers offering arrangements from Paul McCartney, Leonard Bernstein to Frank Sinatra. This is not your typical jazz vocal album where the artist is backed up by a trio or quartet and voices standards like so many other vocalists often do. This album showcases different ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Michele Hendricks at Sunset Jazz Club

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Michele Hendricks Quintet Sunset Jazz Club American Jazz Festiv' Halles Paris, France July 29, 2016 Jazz singer Michele Hendricks showcased a stunning combination of genetics and decades of performance experience, her energized sounds replicating horn solos via inventive vocalese and hip scat segments. She led a European-based quartet during two nights of the 25th annual summer “American Jazz Festiv' Halles" in the narrow low-ceilinged Sunset Jazz Club that has presented live jazz ...

GETTING INTO JAZZ

Donna Byrne: Let's Face the Music and Dance

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Getting Started If you're new to jazz, go to our Getting Into Jazz primer for some hints on how to listen. CD Capsule Stellar renditions of jazz standards by a wonderful singer who understands the songs and extracts genuine tenderness and excitement from them. To top it off, she's surrounded by a group of jazz musicians who share her sensibility. Background Amid the throng of moaners, shouters and chanteuses ...


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