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Shelly Berg and David Finck: The Deep

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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

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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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tony Kadleck Big Band: Tony Kadleck Big Band: Around the Horn

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One of the best and most unique things about All About Jazz is that discovering wonderful music is not limited to the narrow window around someone's release date. Whenever you stumble on something especially delicious, you can share your sentiments about it--and even if another reviewer has gotten there first.

The route by which ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Joe Ascione and His Brave New World

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Author's Note: All About Jazz is sad to report the passing of spirited drummer Joe Ascione who battled Multiple Sclerosis for 20 years. In this encore presentation of a 2004 interview, Joe talks about the challenges of his new reality and shows his courageous determination to fight through them.

Joe Ascione is a first-call, ...

Kim Nazarian: Some Morning

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Kim Nazarian is one of a kind. Sure, there are other singers with lovely voices, great ears and impeccable time, but not many as warm and open on stage; there are even fewer who can phrase a lyric the way she does, so that you believe every word. A founding member of the New York Voices, ...

ARTICLE: NITE & DISK

Eliane Elias: Made in Brazil - Swung at Birdland

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Eliane Elias is a paradox. An artist of rare talent, experience, and range, she is a keyboard master with few peers whose deep musicality transcends genre. An astonishing singer, composer, arranger, and songwriter, her performances are celebrated for their swing, lyricism, and unique sound. Elias is also a beautiful woman with long blond hair who's been ...

Rick Waldron: Africa

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Even before a single note of Africa hits the air, the long list of instruments played by leader/composer Rick Waldron suggests that something unusual is afoot. For his fourth CD Waldron, who has chaired the music department at Everett Community College since 1990, has created a lively and intricate session that defies easy description.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jeff Hamilton Trio: Great American Songs Through the Years

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In a sonic climate full of studio fixes, it's always refreshing to hear something real--especially when it's executed with this level of excellence. At this point the Jeff Hamilton Trio has been together for over a decade, and it shows in their relaxed and seamless interplay. On this CD, a limited reissue of a 2013 Japanese ...

ARTICLE: SHRINKTUNES

Into the Shoulds - Sondheim and Freud

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Inspired by the stage version of “Into the Woods," this article provides an unusual psychological spin on the 2014 film.

Whether or not we agree with him, Freud was a genius. His cosmology is so compelling that it continues to pervade Western culture; nearly a century after he first developed it, his symbolic imagery ...

ARTICLE: DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Fred Hersch: My Coma Dreams

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My Coma Dreams
Music composed by Fred Hersch
Conceived, Written, and Directed by Herschel Garfein
Palmetto Records
2014

If you were a composer, would you write a piece of music based on your experience of being unconscious for 40 days in a medically-induced coma? The ...


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