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Randy Brecker Quintet: Live at Sweet Basil 1988

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Randy Brecker Quintet
Live at Sweet Basil 1988
MVDvisual
2018

Culled from direct-to-two-track digital recordings made on three of Randy Brecker's potent six-night 1988 run at New York City's Sweet Basil, and featuring a particularly top-drawer quintet of musical friends old and new, the original 1989 LP/CD release of Live at Sweet ...

Kollega: EP 1

Read "EP 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The self-titled debut from UK-based Kollega is a brief and eclectic collection merging multiple technologies with acoustic and electric instrumentation. Bassist Dave Shooter--the de-facto spokesperson for the quartet--explains that the group sound is influenced by the likes of the electo-acoustic Nerve and Aphex Twin, and while there may be a trace of the Richard D. James ...

Jeff Berlin: Joe Frazier Round 3 (CD Single)

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In the world of music, there are plenty of “could have beens," but far fewer “should have beens." Count Jeff Berlin amongst the latter. The American electric bassist first made a number of marks in the second half of the musically innovative 1970s on a series of '76 recordings by singers Patti Austin and Esther Phillips, ...

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Without A Trace

Read "Without A Trace" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Grudging good wishes to New Yorkers who are able to see and hear the world-class Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra on a fairly regular basis. Everyone else must make do with the occasional recording (Without a Trace is only the second by the ten-year-old ensemble which made its debut in 2008). That's not nearly enough, of course, ...

Jason Vitelli: Head Above Tide

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jny: New York-based artist Jason Vitelli should be highly commended for his efforts at blending songwriting with interesting musical forms and arrangements (think Steely Dan), a sound that is too often avoided. Rooted in his experience as a composer for film, Vitelli's music often has a theatrical sound. His baritone voice set against the sparse production ...

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Tommy Igoe and the Birdland All Stars at the Sandler Center for the Arts

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In 2014 Tommy Igoe was voted the Worlds #1 Jazz Drummer in a Modern Drummers Readers Poll. Once you see him in action, you'll know why. Backed by his nine piece Birdland All-Star Band Igoe more than lives up to his reputation. Think of Buddy Rich on steroids. Steely Dan, the Beatles, Snarky Puppy, Latin, David ...

Jay Leonhart: Don't You Wish?

Read "Don't You Wish?" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Jay Leonhart has been active as a jazz bassist from the 1960s, and since 1983's Salamander Pie (Digital Music Productions, 1990), he has, from time to time, headlined records as that rara avis, the singer-songwriter who plays acoustic bass rather than acoustic guitar. (one example: “Goodbye, Miami" from the debut--it sounds more prescient day by day.) ...

ARTICLE: JAZZMATAZZ

Remembering Walter Becker

Read "Remembering Walter Becker" reviewed by Matt Hooke

Steely Dan combined rock and jazz in a way no other artist has ever done. Their music is not simply “jazzers slumming it" to make profitable rock recordings, but a precise blend of the two genres that shows the musicians love for both. On Sunday one of the two architects of Steely Dan, Walter Becker, died ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Sextones: Moonlight Vision

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Led by songwriter, singer and guitarist Mark Sexton, The Sextones retreated to the relative isolation of Prairie Sun Studios in Sonoma (one of Tom Waits' favorite recording locations) to lay down their full-length debut. “One of the intentions of Moonlight Vision's production was to have a sonically classic sounding album--sounds that are reminiscent of music we ...

Groovin’ Hard In Every Style

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Big Mean Sound Machine
Runnin' for the Ghost
Peace & Rhythm | Blank Slate Records
2017

On Runnin' for the Ghost, Big Mean Sound Machine sounds intent on obliterating every imaginable musical border: the lines between regional or geographic styles, the divide between acoustic and electronic instruments, the ...