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Bruce Katz: Solo Ride

Read "Solo Ride" reviewed by Doug Collette


On Solo Ride, Bruce Katz posits himself as a stylist par excellence, curator of a perennial genre that deserves preservation in the musical landscape of America. And while it's something of a surprise to see him release a solo album, given the self-effacing demeanor he's displayed in his otherwise broad and varied collaborative experience (with Gregg Allman, Les Brers and his own groups), it is a logical touchpoint in the wide arc of his career. Katz acquits himself ...

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Andy T Band: Double Strike

Read "Double Strike" reviewed by James Nadal


It's hard enough to find a contemporary blues record with a decent vocalist, so it is quite special to encounter one with two. As the title boldly states, Double Strike by the Andy T Band, features a pair of veteran blues singers, Nick Nixon and Alabama Mike (Michael A. Benjamin), though the circumstances surrounding the production is bittersweet. Guitarist Andy Talamantez aka Andy T has been around the blues circuit for over twenty years, and since 2011, his ...

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Album Review

Victor Rendón & Bronx Conexión Latin-Jazz Big Band: True Flight

Read "True Flight" reviewed by James Nadal


Latin music has been popular in New York City since the beginning of the twentieth century. The post-war migration of Hispanics into Spanish Harlem and the Bronx brought about a major cultural shift in the area, music being an essential element, and with that came a plethora of clubs and dance venues. The orchestras of Machito, Mario Bauza and Tito Puente, synonymous with the era, set the standard for the Latin music that endures today. Victor Rendón & Bronx Conexión ...

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Album Review

Bob DeVos: Six String Solos

Read "Six String Solos" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


It will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Bob DeVos' work as a leader that, in the absence of a band, the guitarist's virtues remain intact and shine even brighter. One goes to DeVos' gigs--mostly in and around northern New Jersey, usually in trio and quartet formats--with high expectations. Encompassing the simultaneous employment of a number of skills rendered in a straightforward, unassuming manner, on these occasions DeVos always delivers the goods. A distinctive, full-bodied tone stings and ...

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Extended Analysis

Bob DeVos: Shadow Box

Read "Bob DeVos: Shadow Box" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


On the face of it, Shadow Box, Bob DeVos' fifth outing as a leader, is a sixty minute case study of the evolution of the organ combo, one of the music's most popular and enduring formats. DeVos tips his hat to legendary individuals (some of whom he played with in the early stages of his career) like Wild Bill Davis, Jimmy Smith, Trudy Pitts, Charles Earland, Richard “Groove" Holmes, Wes Montgomery with Melvin Rhyne, Jimmy McGriff, and Larry Young. Though ...

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Extended Analysis

Reuben Wilson: Revisited

Read "Reuben Wilson: Revisited" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Reuben Wilson Trio Revisited American Showplace Music 2011 For any organist mining the soul-jazz vein, it's tough to escape the long shadow of Hammond B-3 titans such as Jimmy Smith, Charles Earland, Richard “Groove" Holmes and Jimmy McGriff. On the other hand, invoking the memory of a few of the masters doesn't hurt an artist in reaching fans who crave sounds that stop short of Larry Young's mid 1960s, saxophonist John Coltrane-influenced innovations and ...


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