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Kendra Shank: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


It is always a pleasure discovering something new, even if that “new" has been around for a while. So it is with Kendra Shank, as complete a jazz singer as one could wish for. And on this her third album, Shank sings to tunes composed by Duke Ellington, Abbey Lincoln, Kurt Weill, Ralph Towner and The Beatles. That nails the concept of the singer she is, dead center.

Shank who was once a folk singer made her recording debut in ...

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The Dado Moroni Trio: Out Of The Night

Read "Out Of The Night" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


What's in a name? Shakespeare had an answer to that one and so will those who listen to this album. Thenceforth, the mention of Edgardo “Dado" Moroni will no longer lead to a quizzically raised eyebrow.

Moroni has recorded well over 25 albums. The bulk of those were in Europe. Yet there were those in the know on the other side of the Atlantic, who hired him to play in their bands, among them Clark Terry, Tom Harrell and Lee ...

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Jessica Williams: Blue Fire

Read "Blue Fire" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Jessica Williams is a no-nonsense person. You can hear this in conversation with her, you can feel this from her liner notes and you can sense it from her music. The attitude stems not only from confidence but also with being comfortable with her craft, something that leaps out each time you listen to her music.

In writing the notes to this record, Williams makes several pertinent points. One is that the tradition in her music will not go away ...

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Misako Kano: 3 Purple Circles

Read "3 Purple Circles" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


If there is one constant about Misako Kano it is that she is comfortable in two worlds. Born and raised in Yamaguchi, Japan, she studied classical and jazz piano at Kent State in the U.S. She earned her bachelor's degree, majoring in classical piano performance and music education and later got her master's majoring in jazz piano performance. She lived in New York City, had a residency at the Cotton Club in 1992 and then moved back to Japan.

Kano ...

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Kendra Shank: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Mathew Bahl


Although many vocalists pay only lip service to the ideas of “using the voice as an instrument” and the singer “working as part of the group,” on her third CD, Kendra Shank delivers spectacularly on both fronts. Ms. Shank had already set herself apart as a singer who was deeply committed to jazz but unwilling to traffic in the usual jazz singing clichés. What makes Reflections her finest effort yet is an added willingness to open up and expose herself ...

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Jack Brownlow Trio: Suddenly It's Bruno

Read "Suddenly It's Bruno" reviewed by Dave Nathan


Jack Brownlow was born in Wenatchee, a small town in Washington State. So was bop saxophonist, Don Lanphere and jazz writer Doug Ramsey. Ramsey relates an interesting bit of jazz trivia about Wenatchee in his very good book Jazz Matters: Reflections on the Music and Some of Its Makers. Ramsey, long an admirer of Miles Davis, had never seen him play live. The opportunity came when Miles was playing the Jazz Gallery in Greenwich Village, New York when Ramsey was ...

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Misako Kano: Breakthrew

Read "Breakthrew" reviewed by Jim Santella


Pianist Misako Kano grew up in Japan and studied at several universities before earning her Master’s degree in Jazz Piano Performance from Manhattan School of Music in 1990. She led this session in New York City in early 1996, and the quartet’s recording was released in Japan. Jazz Focus released the session in 1998 shortly after Thomas Chapin died at the age of forty, after a long bout with leukemia.

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