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John Sneider: The Scrapper

Read "The Scrapper" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If you expected a trumpeter whose nickname is “Scrapper" to come out swinging on his first album as leader in twenty years, give yourself a gold star and a hearty pat on the back. That is precisely the modus operandi on The Scrapper, wherein New York-based John Sneider leads a first-rate quintet through its paces on what in many respects seems like a homecoming, as everyone save tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm was present and accounted for on Sneider's earlier recording ...

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Win Pongsakorn: Yes, It Is!

Read "Yes, It Is!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although it may take a while (if ever) for Pongsakorn “Win" Lertvanitsutha to become a household name outside his native land, the twenty-nine-year-old trumpeter from Thailand makes an impressive debut on Yes, It Is!, a buoyant studio session, recorded in Italy, that makes room for a brace of guest appearances by Pongsakorn's mentor, Jim Rotondi. Besides leading his tight-knit quartet, Pongsakorn wrote seven of the album's eight numbers to complement the lone standard, Leo Robin / Ralph Rainger's lovely ballad ...

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P. J. Perry Featuring Bill Mays: This Quiet Room

Read "This Quiet Room" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In jazz, as in almost any other pursuit, there really is no stand-in for experience. P. .J. Perry, now well into his seventh decade, has been a titan on Canada's saxophone scene for more than half a century, while California-born pianist Bill Mays, three years Perry's junior and his able collaborator on the duo album This Quiet Room, has partnered with or accompanied a legion of jazz luminaries from north and south of the U.S.-Canadian border. Perry and Mays apply ...

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Mike Allen: Just Like Magic

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Mike Allen is another in an apparently never-ending line of talented saxophonists who seem to emerge, from time to time, from the Canadian provinces to ensnare the hearts and earn the admiration not only of their fellow countrymen but jazz enthusiasts in other climes as well. On Just Like Magic, Allen leads a deft and experienced trio whose other members are bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash. In a program that encompasses five of his original ...

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Charles McPherson: Live at the Cellar

Read "Live at the Cellar" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Live at the Cellar is a sizzling collection of extended improvisations featuring a Vancouver-made quartet: Charles McPherson (alto sax), Ross Taggart (piano), Jodi Proznick (bass) and Blaine Wikjord (drums). McPherson and band fashion their work for the literati.

McPherson opens hard with Rodgers and Hart's “Spring Is Here." The native of Joplin, Miss. singes the ears with intense improvisation for five minutes, then hands it over for very compelling interplay between Taggart and Proznick before the tune eventually dissipates on ...

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Bob Long Trio: Straight Roads

Read "Straight Roads" reviewed by Matt Merewitz

It’s reassuring to hear groups making new strides and attracting new audiences in our cities and communities, one such group being the Bob Long Trio. Straight Roads, the group's first release as a trio on Illinois’ Cellar Records, is an affirmation of the joy, struggle, loneliness and companionship of working jazz artists.

With a modern approach, and a varied repertoire of not-exactly-standards and originals, keyboardist Bob Long and bandmates Dave Marr (bass), and Tim Davies (drums) keep ...

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Bob Long: Straight Roads

Read "Straight Roads" reviewed by Matt Merewitz

It’s reassuring to hear groups making new strides and attracting new audiences in our cities and communities, one such group being the Bob Long Trio. Straight Roads, their first release as a trio on Illinois’ Cellar Records, is an affirmation of joy, struggle, loneliness and companionship as working jazz artists.

With a modern approach and not-totally-electric, while not-totally-acoustic instrumentation, the Bob Long Trio churns seamlessly through a varied repertoire of lesser known standards, comtemporary straight-ahead charts, and originals. Keyboardist Bob ...


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