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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival 2013

Read "Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival 2013" reviewed by Mark Holston

Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival
Bigfork, Montana
August 26-31, 2013
“Either I'm imaging things, or this festival has grown just a little in the four years since I was here last," Pat Metheny laughed as he squinted into the glare of a brace of theater lights. An SRO crowd of over 900 ecstatic fans crammed ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Allen Vizzutti: Ritzville

Read "Ritzville" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There are very few trumpeters that can do it all and do it all well, but Allen Vizzutti is one of them. His storied career has included stints with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd, pianist Chick Corea, and trumpeter Doc Severinsen's Tonight Show Band. When he wasn't busy playing with one of these top-tier artists, he could ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Trumpeter/composer Allen Vizzutti To Release "Ritzville" Oct. 16

Trumpeter/composer Allen Vizzutti To Release "Ritzville" Oct. 16

Trumpet virtuoso Allen Vizzutti has enjoyed a prolific career as performer and educator in both the jazz and classical fields since his early days with Woody Herman’s big band and his notable four-year tenure with Chick Corea. The release of Vizzutti’s superb new CD Ritzville, on October 16, is an especially welcome event because the in-demand ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jim Ketch: A Distant View

Read "A Distant View" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

A Distant View delivers intelligent music performed by highly involved players across a dozen diverse selections ranging from straight-ahead hard bop, calypso, an obligatory standard and a Chuck Mangione-esque soft rock tidbit thrown in for dessert. Incorporating a classic Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers quintet formula, these outstanding players share a common interest here in ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Joey Pero: Breaking Sound Barriers

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The great lead and jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew tells his students that “talent is a matter of breaking barriers." While trumpeter Joey Pero might have brilliantly selected and covered “Defying Gravity" from Broadway's Wicked on his breakthrough CD, Resonance (Resonance Music Group, 2009), Pero has been defying and utterly smashing performance barriers all his life. What ...

Joey Pero: Resonance

Read "Resonance" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Citius, Altius, Fortius--faster, higher, stronger. That is the Olympic motto representing the philosophical and performance goals of its participating athletes. Incredible, fascinating, and tremendous are not the only the goals, but the results of phenom trumpeter Joey Pero's Resonance. This is a bravura musical performance of incredible musicianship, “virtu-artistry" and superior production values.

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