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Album Review

Jeremy Manasia Trio: Metamorphosis

Read "Metamorphosis" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The Jeremy Manasia Trio: new names one and all in this neighborhood save for the gentleman who makes the trio a quartet, guitarist Peter Bernstein. As it turns out, pianist Manasia, a native of Staten Island, has been a mainstay on the New York jazz scene since he returned from Europe in 1997, and Metamorphosis is his sixth recording as leader of his own groups. While bassist Barak Mori and drummer Charles Ruggiero round out the trio, Bernstein appears on ...

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Album Review

Adam Scone: I Scream Scone!

Read "I Scream Scone!" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Organist Adam Scone has played many styles of music throughout his career, from funk, rock, blues, other styles to yes, jazz and in 2013 after performing as a sideman on a saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith recording, decided to consider documenting his first twenty-years playing jazz and ballads and to this end, I Scream Scone! was conceived and born. Inspired by the great Jack McDuff and his arrangements for organ-led quartets that featured a sax, guitar and drums, Scone records here with ...

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Album Review

Charles Ruggiero: Boom Bang, Boom Bang!

Read "Boom Bang, Boom Bang!" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Though jazz drummer Charles Ruggiero has made many recordings as a sideman over the last twenty-five years, he makes his long-awaited debut with Boom Bang, Boom Bang!, paying a tribute of sorts to Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, two of his favorite jazz artists. Growing up with the sounds of the flute and the Fender Rhodes, it was only natural that he decides to make his first recording effort using these voices and not make an album with a “drummy" ...

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Album Review

George Gee Swing Orchestra: Swing Makes You Happy!

Read "Swing Makes You Happy!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Swing Makes You Happy! isn't just an album title: it's a mantra and belief system that guides the George Gee Swing Orchestra, a little big band intent on rekindling the ear's love affair with music associated with a bygone era. Gee has been in the big band business for more than three decades, but it's his eighteen-years-and-counting residency at New York City's Swing46 Jazz and Supper Club that has afforded him the opportunity to fine tune and ...

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Album Review

George Gee: Swing Makes You Happy!

Read "Swing Makes You Happy!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The George Gee Swing Orchestra swings in the manner of Gee's friend and mentor, Count Basie, albeit on a somewhat smaller scale (Gee's group numbers only eleven, and that includes vocalists Hilary Gardner and John Dokes). Even so, the Basie spirit is ever-present, and if Swing Makes You Happy, Gee's eighth album as leader (and first for Rondette Records) should put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Thanks to resourceful charts by trombonist / music ...


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