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Bill Evans: Live at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Live at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Bill Evans was always at home onstage. Live at Ronnie Scott's, Resonance Records' fifth Bill Evans archival offering, hits the same high marks as its predecessors--2012's standard bearer Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of The Gate , 2016's Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest, 2018's Another Time and 2019's Evans In England--majestically did. Do not let the dreaded tape hiss limit your listening. Recorded in '68, during a month-long residency at you-know-where, Evans--with the ...

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Monty Alexander: Love You Madly: Live at Bubba's

Read "Love You Madly: Live at Bubba's" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Risk and reward is honored in the selection of this premium sound night club gig from nearly forty years ago. Just how such a recording is going to play in a current climate is tricky business. Is it vintage or is it outdated? Is it a fond remembrance or better left forgotten? The answers are of course in the ear of the beholder. Certainly, the spirit and energy play well in any time period. Jamaican born pianist Monty ...

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Sonny Rollins: Rollins in Holland

Read "Rollins in Holland" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


From the very first decibel of this unrealistically good, previously unreleased recording, Sonny Rollins bears no bones to inform listeners he is suffering no fools. It is a big, Buescher, bellwether sound, the one that gave Rollins the sound and spirit he needed to tell of a man taking it all on without apology. It is also meant to say that, without argument, unrealistically good here is totally understood as a decisively human characteristic and not necessarily one Rollins aspired ...

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Bill Evans: Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


The emergence of Bill Evans as one of the jazz world's preeminent pianists was propelled by a unmistakeable style: a pensive note striking with harmonic transpositions resulting in unique voicings. This 1968 recording marks the fifth collaboration between Resonance Records and the Bill Evans Estate to bring previously unreleased material into the public domain. This 2xLP limited edition in a gatefold sleeve was co-produced by Zev Feldman of Resonance and Jack DeJohnette and was beautifully mastered by Bernie Grundman. This ...

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Bill Evans: Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Troy Dostert


All fans of Bill Evans, and piano trio enthusiasts generally, owe a huge debt of gratitude to Resonance Records, which over the last decade has released a formidable series of Evans discs featuring previously unreleased material (unless you count bootlegs). Beginning with Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of the Gate in 2012, showcasing Evans' trio with bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morrell, the pace really quickened several years later, when Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black ...

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Bill Evans: Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner


Bill Evans: Live At Ronnie Scott's brings to mind the phrase “on the shoulders of giants." Evans's stature in jazz history is unassailable, his influence having touched much of the music's subsequent trajectories, while also establishing a new, discernable branch of the jazz tree traceable to the present-day. A two-disc package, Bill Evans: Live at Ronnie Scott's captures the relatively brief trio configuration of Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette in the natural setting of a live club performance.

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Bob James: Once Upon A Time: The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions

Read "Once Upon A Time: The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Most people have heard the music of Bob James. He wrote “Angela," the theme song for the popular television comedy Taxi. The show ran from 1978 to 1983, and reruns are ongoing. The Bob James became one of the fathers and most successful purveyors of the smooth/fusion jazz sound, in recordings under his own name, with the group Foreplay and in teamings with saxophonist David Sanborn. Once Upon A Time: The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions takes ...


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