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John Proulx: The Best Thing for You

Read "The Best Thing for You" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


While female jazz vocalists outnumber male jazz vocalists five to one, it would be a fallacy to believe there is not a wealth of talent among the men singers. With Louis Armstrong and Chet Baker now memories, and Mark Murphy and Jon Hendricks in twilight, as Kurt Elling ascends their throne, there exists a vocal diaspora of the most refined and sonically appealing voices singing, and they are all men. Andy Bey, Beat Kaestli, Henry Darragh and John Proulx all ...

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David Budway: A New Kiss

Read "A New Kiss" reviewed by Jack Huntley


David Budway's accomplished piano abilities are front and center on A New Kiss. Sometimes richly vibrant, sometimes plaintively florid, the overall spirit of Budway's arrangements ooze musical sophistication. Backed by the superb rhythm section of bassist Eric Revis and drummer Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Budway works his way through a mix of originals and standards, with each track highlighting a shifting stylistic element. At its most engaging, Budway's musicality floats like a melodic ether over the gritty tug of the rhythm ...

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Terell Stafford: This Side of Strayhorn

Read "This Side of Strayhorn" reviewed by Kevin Davis


The preservation of traditional values in jazz has long been at the core of the art form's most bittersweet dichotomy, which is essentially a spin on the age-old idea that even moderate-level progressions in any given field require ideological breakdowns that generally make everyone mad. Miles Davis, for example, decried this preservation outright, and the jazz community gave him the finger, banishing him to Bill Graham's Fillmore East where they figured his wonky voodoo rock would be of greater use ...

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Terell Stafford: This Side of Strayhorn

Read "This Side of Strayhorn" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Some music just stands out from the crowd, and certainly Billy Strayhorn's tunes do exactly that. What would the great composer/bandleader Duke Ellington have been without his collaborator? He still certainly would have been considered one of the America's greatest artists, but it's hard to imagine an Ellington “greatest hits" offering--if one could be achieved, considering the Duke's immense output--without Strayhorn's gorgeous and familiar “Lush Life," “Take the 'A' Train," “Lotus Blossom," or “Chelsea Bridge." This Side of ...

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Russell Malone: Triple Play

Read "Triple Play" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Guitarist Russell Malone has found a durable and receptive home at MAXJAZZ, resulting in three fine recordings: Playground (2004); Live at Jazz Standard, Volume 1 (2006); and Live at Jazz Standard, Volume 2 (2006). He sports an elegant, unpretentious method and a shimmering, round and slightly velvety tone that compliments his considerable abilities. Triple Play is Malone's first trio recording, proving that the best jazz is created in small spaces. Malone's grasp of the blues is beyond ...

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Jeb Patton: New Strides

Read "New Strides" reviewed by Elliott Simon


Jeb Patton has a working association, as does bassist David Wong, with the remaining Heath brothers and drummer Albert “Tootie" and saxophonist Jimmy both make guest appearances on the pianist's latest album. Drummer Pete Van Nostrand rounds out this efficient piano trio on the Heath-less tunes and, while it is clear that Patton is definitely in charge, the band swings with unitary precision. Part of the new breed of pianist that really came of age in the '90s, Patton is ...

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Jeb Patton: New Strides

Read "New Strides" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


MAXJAZZ's ongoing Piano Series has featured some very heavy hitters in the keyboard arena: Mulgrew Miller, Geoffrey Keezer, Eric Reed, Denny Zeitlin and the inimitable Jessica Williams. Add Jeb Patton to the group, a young piano man that holds his own in marvelous company with the release of New Strides.He doesn't play Jerome Kern's time-tested standard, “I'm Old Fashioned" on this set, but it could be his theme song. Patton and his trio-mates--drummer Pete Van Nostrand and bassist ...


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