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Album Review

Jorge Nila: Tenor Time (tribute to the Tenor Masters)

Read "Tenor Time (tribute to the Tenor Masters)" reviewed by Chris Mosey


The four participants on this album all hail from Omaha, Nebraska. Not a town that springs readily to mind in the history of jazz. Although, as drummer Dana Murray, recalls: “In the ballroom days everyone came through--Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington--the list goes on." But it is the friendship and familiarity of Omaha's local scene that shines through here. Saxophonist Jorge Nila, the leader, who went to the same school as Murray, made full ...

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Album Review

Toby Koenigsberg Trio: Drift

Read "Drift" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Pianist Toby Koenigsberg explored some of bop icon Bud Powell's tunes, the Great American Songbook gem “My Foolish Heart," and Bill Evans' “Show Type Tune" on his outstanding 2005 Origin Records release, Sense. And there was a warped (in a good sense) take on the “Stella By Starlight," also from the Great American Songbook. All of it sounded very modern. He pushes the modernity thing ahead further with his Drift, an homage to the late indy rock artist Elliot Smith. ...

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Album Review

Ricky Sweum: More Than Imaginable

Read "More Than Imaginable" reviewed by Edward Blanco


West coast saxophonist Ricky Sweum grew up in Eugene, Oregon, and spent many years as a freelance musician in New York before embarking on a military career, joining the Air Force Academy Band in 2003. After a stint with prestigious jazz big band The Falconaires as lead tenor, in 2011 he moved on and now works with the Air Force Band of the Pacific in Anchorage, Alaska where he tours the U.S., Japan and Australia. Still, Sweum manages a professional ...

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Album Review

SuperJazzers: SuperJazzers: Vol. 1

Read "SuperJazzers: Vol. 1" reviewed by Doron Orenstein


A scenic and vibrant city nestled in a landscape of lush scenery, Portland, Oregon is not exactly known for its jazz scene. However, Superjazzers' Vol. 1 represents the city with a depth and refinement normally associated with the jazz greats in New York, as well as other major jazz towns. Although group name implies a silly sense of sarcasm, don't be fooled. Instead, it belies an emotional depth, conveyed in the set's nine original compositions.


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