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Marcus Shelby Orchestra: Transitions

Read "Transitions" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although it is not alluded to anywhere, the centerpiece of San Francisco-based composer / bassist Marcus Shelby's latest big-band album, Transitions, is the evocative four-movement suite “Black Ball: The Negro Leagues and the Blues," which pays tribute to the all-black enterprises whose shining stars were barred from displaying their talents in the major baseball leagues until ...

Ten Artists: April 2019

Read "Ten Artists: April 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Claudia Vorbach
Is There a Time?
Phoneector
2018

Claudia Vorbach follows up Come Down Easy (Phoneector, 2016) with these 14 smart original compositions infused with the swagger of a confident composer/singer. At first blush, Vorbach sounds like a relaxed Nora Jones, playfully whimsical and vocally daring. Vorbach sings with an assured ...

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Steve Heckman & Matt Clark: Some Other Time/Slow Café

Read "Some Other Time/Slow Café" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Back in the summer of 2004, saxophonist Steve Heckman and pianist Matt Clark took to the studio to lay down some duo tracks. Those recordings have now finally found their way into the world through Some Other Time/Slow Café, an album presenting a dozen pieces that speak with casual and reflective charm while highlighting the rapport ...

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Michael Zilber: Originals For the Originals

Read "Originals For the Originals" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Saxophonist/composer Michael Zilber is better known by fellow musicians than by the jazz public, this is an unfortunate truth. The Vancouver, B.C., native moved to Boston in his late teens, then to New York City to begin his musical odyssey. Musicians there recognized his prodigious talent, resulting in recordings with jazz royalty such as Dizzy Gillespie, ...

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Bryan Bowman: Like Minds

Read "Like Minds" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Drummer and composer Bryan Bowman creates his recording debut with Like Minds, a well-executed set of eleven original compositions falling into the contemporary jazz category with a strong foundation of post-bop. Bowman's quintet is comprised of: Bob Kenmotsu on tenor saxophone, Ian Carey on trumpet and flugelhhorn, Matt Clark on piano and Doug Miller on bass. ...

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Bryan Bowman: Like Minds

Read "Like Minds" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A fixture in the San Francisco Bay Area jazz scene for some time, drummer and composer Bryan Bowman makes his recording debut as leader on Like Minds, a well-crafted eleven-piece musical statement of original contemporary jazz containing a touch of bop, blues and some burning accessible material delivered with a lot of spirit. Hailing from a ...

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Steve Heckman Quintet: Search for Peace

Read "Search for Peace" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Saxophonist Steve Heckman's Search For Peace serves as something of a companion piece to his previous album--Born To Be Blue (Jazzed Media, 2013). Both albums feature the same band, present (mostly) familiar material, and walk pleasingly straightforward paths. So what's different? Well, for starters, Matt Clark played piano on Heckman's last date, but he's taken to ...

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Steve Heckman Quintet: Search for Peace

Read "Search for Peace" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Steve Heckman is a meat 'n potatoes saxophonist whose previous recording, Born to be Blue (Jazzed Media, 2013) was a trip through the heart of the jazz mainstream, circa 1960 (with better sonics). Heckman follows Born to be Blue with a right turn into hard bop atop of an organ-guitar quartet.

For the ...

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Steve Heckman Quintet: Search for Peace

Read "Search for Peace" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Steve Heckman says he was inspired to play the tenor saxophone after hearing John Coltrane, especially Coltrane's A Love Supreme. Luckily, Heckman did not follow his mentor completely off the deep end but remained instead true to his bop-bred roots while developing a singular voice of his own on the tenor. On Search for Peace (a ...

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Steve Heckman Quintet: Search for Peace

Read "Search for Peace" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist Steve Heckman has been dishing up rock solid mainstream jazz in the quartet and quintet settings since 2003's For John (World City Music), a tribute disc to the legendary saxophonist John Coltrane. That debut and his two subsequent offerings, Live at Yoshi's (World City Music, 2005) and Born to Be Blue (Jazzed Media, 2013), held ...