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Kevin Kaska Jazz Orchestra: Shades of Rio

Read "Shades of Rio" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Seductive melodies and danceable rhythms carry the day on Shades of Rio, a tasteful debut recording by the southern California-based Kevin Kaska Jazz Orchestra, which earns the name by using a full string section on most numbers to complement its well-upholstered twenty-three member core ensemble anchored by master drummer Harvey Mason. Kaska, a story unto himself, ...

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Julie Kelly: Happy to Be

Read "Julie Kelly: Happy to Be" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Julie Kelly is a talented singer whose talents are a fairly well-kept secret except on the West Coast, where she makes her home. Happy to Be is Kelly's eighth album, the first on Graham Carter's Colorado-based Jazzed Media label, and as has been her custom in the past, she chooses for the most part interesting songs ...

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Grammy Grumblings, the John Heard Trio and Others

Grammy Grumblings, the John Heard Trio and Others

A lot of hoity-toity goings on lately, with invite-only Miles Davis Kind of Blue reissue bashes and all the Grammy stuff. A lot of fancy people in fancy suits drinking fancy free drinks and talking about jazz — Mostly not talking about jazz, which sometimes seemed to be only the background music at these things, so ...

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Comping at the Sunday Scene - The Nick Mancini Quartet

Comping at the Sunday Scene - The Nick Mancini Quartet

By Kim Vinson Close your eyes, open your soul, and listen as your heart is lifted into another galaxy beyond your greatest jazz dreams. No, you're not in New York City, a metropolis known for Jazz. The atmosphere was brilliantly spellbound as the Nick Mancini Quartet performed Jazz pieces that included urgent call and unanimous response ...


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