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The Brett Gold New York Jazz Orchestra: Dreaming Big

Read "Dreaming Big" reviewed by Jack Bowers

What's that you say? A New York-based Jazz Orchestra as admirable as this one whose recording debut was delayed for more than twenty-five years? There ought to be a law! Well, in this case it wasn't the law but a lawyer who sidetracked the orchestra's debut for so many years. His name is Brett Gold, and ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Brett Gold New York Jazz Orchestra Debuts With "Dreaming Big," Due June 16

The Brett Gold New York Jazz Orchestra Debuts With "Dreaming Big," Due June 16

The June 16th release of Dreaming Big (GoldFox Records), which marks the recording debut of the Brett Gold New York Jazz Orchestra and features the compositions of Brett Gold, illuminates a most intriguing jazz odyssey. A star trombonist in high school in his native Baltimore, Gold was steered away from a music career by his parents as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Scott Neumann/Tom Christensen: Spin Cycle

Read "Spin Cycle" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The new ensemble led by Scott Neumann and Tom Christensen is called Spin Cycle. It could, maybe should, have been dubbed The Chameleonic Quartet. Along with the virtuosic sidemen, guitarist Pete McCann and bassist Phil Palombi, the ten tracks spin-off varying styles and musical modes, from blues to ballads, punk to funk.

Such catholic ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Spin Cycle, Co-Led By Drummer Scott Neumann & Saxophonist Tom Christensen, Releases Self-Titled Debut CD on May 6

Spin Cycle, Co-Led By Drummer Scott Neumann & Saxophonist Tom Christensen, Releases Self-Titled Debut CD on May 6

With its strong melodies, tight rhythms, intriguing textures, and sophisticated interplay, Spin Cycle has got everything covered. What makes the band special is how everything fits together—or, by intention, doesn’t. For listeners and band members alike, every tune is an adventure. Spin Cycle is the new quartet co-led by drummer Scott Neumann and tenor saxophonist Tom ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

George Walker Petit: Emergence

Read "Emergence" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Guitarist (and bassist) George Walker Petit originally got into the recording side of the music business (in 1979) because he was not hearing in playback or the final product that which he had heard in his mind while he was playing. Along the way he built up quite a reputation as the “go-to" guy who, since ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

New Vinyl-Only Company Uses Innovative New Model To Release World-Class Artists

New Vinyl-Only Company Uses Innovative New Model To Release World-Class Artists

Initial year's membership brings private material by Jack DeJohnette, Frank Kimbrough, Noah Preminger, Don Friedman, Ben Allison and Leo Genovese. Guests include Esperanza Spalding, Ted Nash, John Patitucci, Billy Hart and more. "A new kind of record label with a curated repertoire of world class musicians. Newvelle ships six impeccably produced and beautifully packaged vinyl LPs to your ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mort Weiss: Mort Weiss is a Jazz Reality Show

Read "Mort Weiss is a Jazz Reality Show" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In recent years, life has thrown one obstacle after another at the feet of octogenarian clarinetist Mort Weiss. Divorce, loss of home, cancer, and hospitalization for a variety of other life-threatening ailments all came at him, threatening to kill his resolve and cut him down. But it would seem that practically nothing is capable of felling ...

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Kenny Lavender: Conscious Journey Part 1 & 2

Read "Conscious Journey Part 1 & 2" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Texas-born, New York-based trumpeter Kenny Lavender is as versatile as can be. He's put his horn to good use on Broadway, playing lead trumpet on Bullets Over Broadway and working in the pit orchestras of other hit shows like The Drowsy Chaperone and West Side Story; he's backed up old pros like Frankie Valli, The Temptations, ...

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Tri-Fi: Staring into the Sun

Read "Staring into the Sun" reviewed by Jeffrey Uhrich

With their impressive new release, Staring into the Sun, Tri-Fi defies the odds and provides a sound argument that a piano trio can indeed be a “band" in the truest sense of the word. In most cases, albums that are released by musicians marketing themselves as a jazz “band" are merely vehicles to provide a framework ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mel Martin and His Tenor Conclave: Piermont, NY, September 14, 2012

Read "Mel Martin and His Tenor Conclave: Piermont, NY, September 14, 2012" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Mel Martin and his Tenor Conclave
The Turning Point Cafe
Piermont, NY
September 14, 2012

Before the first note sounded in a seventy-five minute set by Mel Martin and his Tenor Conclave, there was a false start of sorts. Most of the band was assembled and ready to hit when they were asked ...