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Shelly Berg and David Finck: The Deep

Read "The Deep" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

So it happens that pianist Shelly Berg and bassist David Finck were hired by Chesky Records to play on a Livingston Taylor album. After they finished that session, with the high-end audiophile equipment still in place, David Chesky suggested the two stay and make a duo album themselves. And so they did, virtually on the spot. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

David Finck: The Bass, Scatting Offenses, and the Back Hoe

Read "David Finck: The Bass, Scatting Offenses, and the Back Hoe" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

David Finck is not only a first-call bassist with a long resume of high-profile recordings and gigs, but he's one of the most versatile musicians on any instrument. Finck has been in the studio, touring, and/or sharing the world's greatest stages with everyone from Andre Previn to Ivan Lins, Woody Herman to Natalie Cole and Kenny ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Vanessa Racci, A Stunning New Pop-Jazz Voice Gives Italian-American Classics A Jazz Spin On Debut Recording "Italiana Fresca"

Vanessa Racci, A Stunning New Pop-Jazz Voice  Gives Italian-American Classics A Jazz Spin On Debut Recording "Italiana Fresca"

Celebrates With One Night Only
Performance New York City’s Birdland
June 4th, 2017/6 PM
315 West 44th St.
New York, NY 10036
212-581-3080 On her debut recording Italiana Fresca, scheduled for release on May 19, 2017, sultry songstress Vanessa Racci takes a fresh approach to classic pop, ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jimmy Greene: A Beautiful Life

Read "Jimmy Greene: A Beautiful Life" reviewed by Patricia Myers

Phoenix-born jazz drummer Lewis Nash was the drummer on tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene's newly released tribute album, A Beautiful Life (Mack Avenue Records, 2014). The CD is a remembrance celebration of Greene's 6-year-old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, who was among the 20 children and six educators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, on December ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

George Michael: Symphonica

Read "Symphonica" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

The tireless controversy surrounding George Michael has been tempered by a consistent and intense fandom, which has sustained his creative drive through even the darkest hours. As with many great popular artists, Michael Jackson not least of all, it seems fame has also been a curse. Yet through it all, he has sustained an uncompromising integrity, ...

Roger Davidson: Temple Of The Soul: Rhapsodies & Meditations For Solo Piano

Read "Temple Of The Soul: Rhapsodies & Meditations For Solo Piano" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Roger Davidson isn't a fan of repeating himself. With each album he's shined a light on a different facet of his artistry, marrying a classicist's outlook and touch with a fascination for anything and everything musical. He's looked at the sounds of Brazil from different perches, explored the tango in detail, tackled the music of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tom Wopat: I've Got Your Number

Read "I've Got Your Number" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

In recent years, there's been a cottage industry of celebrities from rock, pop, country and television who wander into the American Songbook in the sunset of their careers and try to put out “jazz" albums. This CD is a welcome exception. While Tom Wopat may be best-loved for playing “Luke Duke" on the Dukes of Hazzard ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Paul Simon: The Complete Albums Collection

Read "Paul Simon: The Complete Albums Collection" reviewed by John Kelman

If the history books were to be closed on singer/songwriter Paul Simon's career today, he'd have already left a legacy more than sufficient to ensure a substantial chapter. While other emergent songwriters of his day--Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Randy Newman amongst them--have clearly evolved over the years, there's been an underlying approach that's remained consistent ...

Joe Locke: Lay Down My Heart: Blues & Ballads Vol.1

Read "Lay Down My Heart: Blues & Ballads Vol.1" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

The successful combination of two chordal instruments--like vibes and piano--requires giant ears and mutual respect in order to avoid melodic pile-ups and harmonic collisions. On this CD, vibraphonist and composer Joe Locke and pianist Ryan Cohan provide a textbook example of how this is done. They are happily aided and abetted by bassist and co-producer David ...

Joe Locke: Lay Down My Heart - Blues & Ballads Vol 1

Read "Joe Locke: Lay Down My Heart - Blues & Ballads Vol 1" reviewed by John Kelman

In a rarefied space, Joe Locke continues to evolve, engage and impress. There simply isn't another vibraphonist of his generation with Locke's stellar chops, thorough understanding of history/tradition--not just of jazz, but of music, period--and ability to build programs based on thematic concepts that not only stand out in his gradually growing discography, but fit contextually ...


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