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Jazzy Christmas

Read "Jazzy Christmas" reviewed by Michael Ricci

Enduring holiday classics from Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Kenny Burrell, Bill Evans, Jimmy Smith, Vince Guaraldi and more. TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1The Christmas Song3:30Ella FitzgeraldElla Wishes You A Swinging Christmas2Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!4:37Joe WilliamsVerve Presents: The Very Best Of Christmas Jazz3Santa Claus Is Coming To Town4:27Bill EvansThe Best Of Bill Evans On Verve4What Are You Doing New Years Eve2:24Nancy WilsonUltra-Lounge: Christmas Cocktails, Part One5Winter Wonderland2:28Chet BakerYule Struttin'6Greensleeves5:28Vince GuaraldiA Charlie Brown Christmas7Christmas Is3:12Lou RawlsStarbucks Holiday8Jingle Bells3:12Jimmy SmithVerve ...

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Classic Christmas

Read "Classic Christmas" reviewed by Michael Ricci

Time-honored classics for the most wonderful time of the year. Lights and snow not included. TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town2:38Tony BennettSnowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album2A Holly Jolly Christmas2:14Burl IvesClassic Christmas3Looks Like A Cold, Cold Winter3:50Bing Crosby with Sonny Burke's OrchestraClassic Christmas4Winter Wonderland2:16Ella FitzgeraldElla Wishes You A Swinging Christmas5Baby, It's Cold Outside2:20Dinah Shore & Buddy ClarkClassic Christmas6Sleigh Ride3:20Tex Beneke & Yhe Glenn Miller OrchestraClassic Christmas7Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season2:39Andy WilliamsThe Andy Williams Christmas Album8White Christmas2:30Dean MartinMy Kind of ...

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Ted Dunbar's Bebop List

Read "Ted Dunbar's Bebop List" reviewed by Rick Stone

Yeah, I know I went WAY over the 10-20 song, 70 minute limit, but this is a VERY important list. These are the tunes I practiced EVERY day (in this order) for several years from a list given to me by my teacher Ted Dunbar in 1990. TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1 Confirmation5:53Charlie ParkerThe Charlie Parker Story2 Donna Lee2:32Charlie “Bird" ParkerThe Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes3 Four7:14Miles DavisWorkin'4 Little Willie Leaps2:50Charlie “Bird" ParkerThe Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes5 Freedom ...

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Desmond After Dark (With the Dave Brubeck Quartet)

Read "Desmond After Dark (With the Dave Brubeck Quartet)" reviewed by Michael Ricci

Alto saxophonist Paul Desmond's solos kept me connected to the Dave Brubeck Quartet's music. A perfect “dry martini" mix of boundless lyricism and musical excellence. The following tunes were selected from several albums included in the The Dave Brubeck Quartet: The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection 1954 to 1967 box set. TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1The Night We Called it a Day6:11Dave BrubeckAngel Eyes2Take Five5:27The Dave Brubeck QuartetTime Out3Georgia On My Mind6:42The Dave Brubeck QuartetGone With The Wind4Angel Eyes7:27Dave BrubeckAngel Eyes5Coracao ...

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McCoy Tyner: Vol. Three 1961

Read "McCoy Tyner: Vol. Three 1961" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Vol. One, 1959-60 | Vol. Two, 1960-61 | Vol. Three, 1961 This music was recorded over a six month span but illustrates the breakneck speed with which the bleeding edge of jazz was transforming. In late May and early June 1961, McCoy Tyner was part of the John Coltrane group that recorded the ground-breaking Impulse! album Africa/Brass. By early November, the month that record was released, the core group of Coltrane, Tyner, Elvin Jones, Reggie Workman and notably, ...

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My Influences

Read "My Influences" reviewed by Richard Lewis

I find it funny when reviewers assert my influences; they are never correct and I'd prefer to acknowledge my sources. So here is a list of the music that helped inspire my forthcoming album, You Are Here. The whole list makes me euphoric, but highlights for me would be Jack DeJohnette's fevered drumming on “Down San Diego Way" and Andy Sheppard's seductive soprano on “Sol." Tomasz Stanko's trumpet similarly slays me: rich, magnificent and tragic like a crumbling empire. I ...

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McCoy Tyner: Vol. Two, 1960-61

Read "McCoy Tyner: Vol. Two, 1960-61" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Vol. One, 1959-60 | Vol. Two, 1960-61 The jazz world ushered in the 1960s with a fury of innovative change. A bold avant-garde stretched the form while also making accessible and engaging records. Across just nine months in one corner of that world,pianist McCoy Tyner played on a variety of sessions that together serve as a concise illustration of the ground bop was ceding to modality, melody and more. He began his tenure and apprenticeship with saxophonist ...

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Alice Coltrane's Divine Ferocity

Read "Alice Coltrane's Divine Ferocity" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Alice Coltrane's death in 2007 did not bring about the critical reassessment her work deserves. Nothing less than a trailblazer in free and spiritual jazz, the pianist and harpist was a deeply sensitive blues player and top-rate composer. Working in the shadow of her husband, saxophonist John Coltrane, through his controversial, late-period work and her erratic recording career later in her own life have not helped her legacy but Alice Coltrane's work is Important with a capital “I." If you ...

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McCoy Tyner: Vol. One, 1959-60

Read "McCoy Tyner: Vol. One, 1959-60" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Vol. One, 1959-60 | Vol. Two, 1960-61 Most biographers rely on one of two creation myths for pianist McCoy Tyner's career: He first emerged from his native Philadelphia as part of saxophonist Benny Golson and trumpeter Art Farmer's Jazztet, or he had been known to, and gigged around town with, saxophonist John Coltrane as early as 1955, when Tyner was all of 17. Each version is true in its own way but neither tells the whole story. ...

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The Majesty of King Tubby

Read "The Majesty of King Tubby" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

King Tubby did not invent dub, but with hundreds—if not thousands—of sides standing witness to his wizardry—he elevated the form to an exalted level. Jamaican dub of the roots reggae era is the direct antecedent of modern remix culture, which today spans music, the visual arts, and even high technology. It is the immediate effect on the brain that is most impressive, though... TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1Gorgon Version2:23Cornell Campbell & The AggravatorsKing Tubby's in Fine Style2Shooter Dub3:1King TubbyDown Santic Way: ...

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New Jazz & World Music: 2011

Read "New Jazz & World Music: 2011" reviewed by Michael Simon

Some of the most creative jazz and world music artists on the scene right now that deserve wider recognition. TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1Sangre Mandinga6:2Alex WilsonMali Latino2Bamako 20005:29Alex WilsonMali Latino3Choro6:16Banda Jazz Sinfonica de Diademainterpreta Noel Rosa4Galactic Panama5:4Danilo PérezProvidencia5Providencia5:8Danilo PérezProvidencia6Firi Na Gron'6:18FrafraSoundBlack,Dutch & More7Guess What?6:24FrafraSoundBlack,Dutch & More8Blen Blen Blen3:5Gerardo RosalesGerardo Rosales and his Afro Cuban Jazz Quintet “Chano Pozo's Music"9Straight, No Chaser4:26Jorge GlemLa Siembra del Cuatro10Bily3:19Jorge GlemLa Siembra del Cuatro11Serendipity6:41Leo BlancoAfrica Latina12Afro East4:43Leo BlancoAfrica Latina131 Si S-Au Iubit8:1Modern Balkan Jazz OrchestraPrimavara Master ...

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Textural Jazz

Read "Textural Jazz" reviewed by Mark Huggett

Artistic and sensitive jazz. TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1Toledo7:32Avishai CohenAt Home2Folk Song For Rosie8:41Paul Motian TrioAt The Village Vanguard3Loving Without Asking8:0Brian BladeBrian Blade Fellowship4Common Fields8:38Wolfert Brederode QuartetCurrents5Scarabee5:53Wolfert Brederode QuartetCurrents6Oddfelt7:56AlasnoaxisDogs Of Great Indifference7Harmsoft1:37AlasnoaxisDogs Of Great Indifference8Sand9:18Enrico RavaEasy Living9Continuum4:28Jaco PastoriusInvitation10New York 20072:46Marcin Wasilewski, Slawomir Kurkiewicz, Michal MiskiewiczJanuary11Believe Beleft Below4:51Esbjörn Svensson TrioSeven Days Of Falling12Merciful 21:13Nils Petter MolværSolid Ether13A-i-a9:43Barre PhillipsThree Day Moon14Cambodia4:30Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano & Paul MotianTime and Time Again15Wednesday3:57Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano & Paul MotianTime and Time Again16Bayit (Home)6:34Alon YavnaiTravel Notes17Yonatan7:46Alon YavnaiTravel ...


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