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Seven Women 2018 – Part VI

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Jazz vocals remains a vibrant and productive subgenre as evidenced by this spate of recent releases. Diane Marino Soul Serenade: The Gloria Lynne Project M&M Records 2018 Singer Gloria Lynne had a long and productive career, one that remained unjustly in the shade, deserving of the attention that it is getting now from singer Diane Marino on Soul Serenade: The Gloria Lynne Project. Marino began on piano, studies with Murray Perahia at ...

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Joyful Noise: Gregorian Chant by The Monastic Choir of St. Peter's Abbey of Solesmes

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Every generation since the beginning of recorded music discovers Gregorian Chant. The most recent (re)discovery was in the mid-1990s with the phenomenally successful Chant CDs from The Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos released on Angel Records. The actual performances were recorded some 20 years earlier and released to less than optimistic reviews and sales at the time. Taking advantage of the New Age Movement of approximately the same period, these performances were rereleased, selling six million copies worldwide. ...

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Judy Carmichael: All Taken in Stride

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Swinger! A Jazz Girl's Adventures from Hollywood to Harlem Judy Carmichael 276 Pages ISBN: # 978-1979764414 CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2017 Pianist and vocalist Judy Carmichael is a jazz girl who has been performing professionally for nearly 40 years. In her memoir Swinger! A Jazz Girl's Adventures from Hollywood to Harlem she relates being told of her cervical cancer diagnosis this way: Doctor: “I must say you are taking this remarkable ...

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Seven Women 2018 – Part V

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An embarrassment of riches... Shirley Crabbe Bridges MaiSong Music 2018 Vocalist Shirley Crabbe's 2011 debut recording, Home (Self Produced), was very well received, with critic Edward Blanco noting that the singer has, ..."a warm approach to the music, her smooth vocals seem a perfect fit for voicing soft ballads." While true, Crabbe is equally capable of belting out up-tempo numbers in her near perfectly-balanced voice that once was thought lost. In ...

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Seven Women 2018 – Part IV

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Proceeding unabated is women's conquering of jazz... As Is: Alan & Stacey Schulman Here's to Life Self Produced 2017 This husband-and-wife, full-ensemble recording, Here's to Life, is the sophomore effort following Alan and Stacey Schulman's duet debut, A Love Like Ours (Night, Night The Elephant Productions, 2015). The Schulman full band is recording under the moniker “As Is," which is pretty clever. The instrumental harmonic center of the recording remains the soft, ...

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Six on Cellar Live

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Cory Weeds' record label Cellar Live has become a welcome home to straight-ahead mainstream jazz in the same way that Arbors Records has been the beacon for traditional jazz and swing. Think Norman Granz's Pablo label tele-transported deep into the 21st Century. Six recent releases illuminate Cellar Live's importance to jazz as a whole and to the mainstream, specifically. Emmet Cohen Masters Legacy Series Volume 2: Emmet Cohen featuring Ron Carter and Evan Sherman Cellar Live ...

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Seven woMEN 2018 – Part III

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Look what creeped into my monthly column... and herein exist end-of-the-year-recordings...(you decide which ones). Ben Paterson That Old Feeling Cellar Live Records 2018 Everything about pianist/vocalist Ben Paterson's Cellar Live release, That Old Feeling is delightful. This recording is a beautiful throwback, with just a touch of sepia: not enough to induce pedestrian nostalgia, but plenty to remind us of the considerable charms of straight-ahead jazz well performed. Paterson claims the ...

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Formats – Solo Through Nonet

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One plus Two, equals three, and so on. What arbitrary combo size constitutes a big band? None of these. Solo: Jamie Saft Solo a Genova RareNoise Records 2018 That musical provocateur Jamie Saft, he is a prankster. After making all kinds of noise with the likes of Metallic Taste of Blood, Slobber Pup, Plymouth, Red Hill, The Spanish Donkey and Berserk! and Avant Gard jazz with Steve Swallow, Bobby Previte, Roswell Rudd, and ...

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Seven Women 2018 – Part II

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Hey, this is starting to become a habit. Nina Simone Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles Bethlehem Records 2018 Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles is a tidy summation of the first recordings made by vocalist/pianist Nina Simone. According to the liner notes, these selections, the singles releases from the Bethlehem catalog, were recorded in a single session with bassist Jimmy Bond and drummer Albert Heath in December 1958 (the exact date ...

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Seven Women 2018 - Part I

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If 2017 taught me anything, it was that my “Five Women" column would need to expand. So, this year, we will enlarge the format to “Seven Women" and be the better for it. Anat Cohen Tentet Happy Song Anzic Records 2017 Anat Cohen's excellent Happy Song was released last year and expertly covered by All About Jazz's Geno Thackara in his review of the release. In his review Thakara shared an anecdotal exchange ...