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Carol Welsman: Alone Together

Read "Alone Together" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Canadian jazz pianist and vocalist Carol Welsman unveils her eleventh album as leader with the audacious Alone Together where she's never alone and altogether very spicy and splendid on vocals as well as on the keys. The album contains a superb selection of time-honored standards like Sammy Cahn's “Day By Day," Rodgers & Hammerstein's oft-recorded “It ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jimmy Greene: A Beautiful Life

Read "Jimmy Greene: A Beautiful Life" reviewed by Patricia Myers

Phoenix-born jazz drummer Lewis Nash was the drummer on tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene's newly released tribute album, A Beautiful Life (Mack Avenue Records, 2014). The CD is a remembrance celebration of Greene's 6-year-old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, who was among the 20 children and six educators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, on December ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

George Cables: The Pianist’s Dedication to the Group

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Anyone who is serious about jazz will tell you that George Cables belongs in the pantheon of the greatest jazz pianists. Everyone, that is, except George Cables. Exceptional in every way, he is yet a team player. He sees himself as part of the rhythm section, and has always emphasized the group over the soloist. He ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ryan Cohan: Another Look

Read "Another Look" reviewed by Alex Marianyi

Unlike many of his past releases, Ryan Cohan's Another Look focuses heavily on group interaction and improvisation. Penning all but two of the tunes on the album, the pianist's arrangements allow his musicians maximum flexibility. That the CD's main quartet has been playing together since 2003, and was on the road for six straight weeks before ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Freihofer's Jazz Festival 2010: 33rd Edition is Strong

Read "Freihofer's Jazz Festival 2010: 33rd Edition is Strong" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

2010 Freihofer's Jazz Festival
Saratoga Springs, NY
June 26-27, 2010
Watching Kendrick Scott's Oracle band in the warmth and sunshine of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center recently brought into focus everything that's good about the two-day event created by legendary impresario George Wein in 1978 and carried on more than capably by Danny Melnick's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Roni Ben-Hur: Fortuna

Read "Fortuna" reviewed by Andrew Velez

This is a worthy follow-up to Roni Ben-Hur's Smile (Motema, 2009), on which he was memorably paired with fellow guitarist Gene Bertoncini. The Israeli-born composer and arranger is teamed here with three stalwarts, the late pianist Ronnie Mathews, percussionist Steve Kroon and drummer Lewis Nash. This is the same rhythm section Ben-Hur used for the album ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Steve Kroon's Third Solo Album, El Mas Alla

Steve Kroon's Third Solo Album, El Mas Alla

After three decades of lending his remarkable percussive skills to dozens of the most popular pop music, R&B and jazz artists of our time as a key participant on hundreds of recordings and in concert settings around the world, Steve Kroon returns to the sultry Latin jazz style he grew up with. El Mas Alla, released ...