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Steve Tavaglione: Silent Singing

Read "Silent Singing" reviewed by Dave Nathan

P>I barely know how to characterize the music on this album. A notch above Kenny G? Music to soothe and stroke while in a dentist's chair? Music to coax a cobra out of its wicker basket? Other? Don't misunderstand me. This music, all originals, can be pretty and melodic. There's even something close to Miles Davis' trumpet by Jeff Beal on “Arabesque". But for the most part, I found most of the CD cloying and eventually boring and depressing. Riddled ...

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Jeff Beal: Alternate Route

Read "Alternate Route" reviewed by Dave Nathan

P>A review of this album is out of place in a jazz setting. It is classical music through and through and crystallizes the main differences between the two genre. This music is written down, all by Jeff Beal, and not subject to improvisation. There are no opportunities to play variations on a theme, which would be out of place and unwelcome.

The first four tracks are really movements in a concerto for trumpet/flugelhorn and orchestra. According to Beal, this concerto ...

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Jimmy Haslip: Red Heat

Read "Red Heat" reviewed by Dave Hughes

Jimmy Haslip's second solo release showcases the extraordinary bassist in a heavily Latin setting; a departure from what we usually hear from him within the context of the Yellowjackets or his various sideman appearances. The CD is dedicated to his father, James J.F. Haslip, and his Puerto Rican heritage. Haslip's primary collaborator throughout the program is Joe Vannelli, best known as the keyboardist and mainstay for his brother, Gino. Vannelli and Haslip co-composed seven of the ten tunes, co-produced the ...

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Patrick Leonard: Rivers

Read "Rivers" reviewed by AAJ Staff

The inspiration to create can be drawn from the most diverse sources; some can get inpiration from listening to the works of a great master composer or improviser, others from a beautiful painting or other great work of art. Still others derive their artistic motivations from nature itself; the landscapes, the mountains, the flora and fauna. Pianist Patrick Leonard summoned up the motivation to record this CD entitled Rivers , from a fishing expedition that led him to many of ...


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