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Aaron Diehl: The Vagabond

Read "The Vagabond" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Cardinally invested, engaged and resolute on making the classical hop and the swing vice versa, pianist Aaron Diehl, double bassist Paul Sikivie and drummer Gregory Hutchinson take a deep dive into the many accords and asymmetries shared by Philip Glass and George Gershwin and come up victorious. Flush with tradition and vision, pianist Diehl's musical aesthetic hints at everything and manifests itself wholly on his third for Mack Avenue. Proceeding without artifice, the trio's most agile choreography weaves ...

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Erroll Garner: That's My Kick

Read "That's My Kick" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Great good luck, even in this news weary day, that Erroll Garner remains the personification of that mythical vaudeville buoyancy that can hold us in its sway, lifting us from all our daily unrest. We're fortunate to be in a time when we can re-explore, rediscover and perhaps even re-imagine Garner's continued impact and influence. Welcome, then, That's My Kick, the latest high-powered release from Mack Avenue Records' acclaimed twelve disc series: Erroll Garner Octave Remastered Series. And ...

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Erroll Garner: Campus Concert

Read "Campus Concert" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

In the history of recorded music, whether it be cave holler, rock, rap, jazz, country or take your pick, there are not a lot of albums that hold one's attention and imagination like the epic Concert By The Sea (Legacy, 2015). But somehow Erroll Garner's other live albums such as this one, the last released in his all too brief lifetime (Garner passed of cardiac arrest, aged 52), or the recently discovered, Nightconcert (Mack Avenue, 2018), in some inexplicable way, ...

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Erroll Garner: Campus Concert

Read "Campus Concert" reviewed by Peter Hoetjes

Erroll Garner's sixth album on the Octave label would mark a pivotal moment in his career. Not only would Campus Concert be his final live recording, it would be the last to include bassist Eddie Calhoun and drummer Kelly Martin, who comprised his trio for almost a decade. It remains unclear why, after such remarkable success together, they would separate. The albums he recorded with these sidemen, especially Calhoun, who joined in time for Concert By The Sea (Columbia) in ...

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The Octave Remastered Series: Part 2: A Night At The Movies

Read "The Octave Remastered Series: Part 2: A Night At The Movies" reviewed by Peter Hoetjes

Part 1 | Part 2 Most people's appreciation for Erroll Garner begins and ends with Concert By The Sea (Columbia, 1955), the pianist's career-defining performance for an audience of U.S. Infantrymen at the Sunset School in Carmel, California --coincidentally, just ten minutes away from the filming location of Play Misty For Me, Clint Eastwood's jazz-tinged thriller featuring “Misty," Garner's most famous composition. The sound of Garner's piano is arguably the most distinctive one in the instrument's history. While ...

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Kirk Whalum: Humanité

Read "Humanité" reviewed by Chris Mosey

The saxophone solo on Whitney Houston's “I Will Always Love You" was the work of Kirk Whalum. He played too at the memorial concert for African American astronaut Ronald McNair, killed when the space shuttle Challenger blew up during take-off in January 1986. He's no great shakes as a vocalist but Humanité features guest appearances in this department by the likes of Brendan Reilly, Robyn Troop, Mi Casa, Afgan, Liane Carroll, Andrea Lisa, Zahara and Keiko Matsui. ...

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The Soul Rebels: Poetry In Motion

Read "Poetry In Motion" reviewed by Chris Mosey

The Soul Rebels is an eight-piece, New Orleans brass ensemble that employs elements of soul, jazz, funk, hip-hop, rock and pop. The group has been described by the Village Voice as “the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong." The band aims to provoke. The title of this album derives from a ghastly 1960s pop song by Johnny Tillotson, and one of the band's best remembered gigs is one they played with the Californian thrash metal ...


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