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George Whitty

Grammy-award winning keyboardist George Whitty has spent 20 years playing on the road with the Brecker Brothers, David Sanborn, Richard Bona, Chaka Khan, Sadao Watanabe, and a dozen others, and his resume as a session musician includes some of the best-selling records of all time: Santana's "Supernatural" (with Dave Matthews), Celine Dion's "Falling Into You" and "These are Special Times", and more than 100 other CDs. As a producer/keyboardist, his Grammy-winning streak began with Chaka Khan's "The Woman I Am" in 1992 and extends through 3 award-winning releases with the Brecker Brothers, most recently Randy Brecker's "34th and Lex", 2004's Grammy-winner for Contemporary Jazz Record of the Year, which he also mixed

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Richman: Sizzle

Read "Sizzle" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Veteran modern jazz guitarist Jeff Richman will release his seventeenth solo project Sizzle on November 17, 2016. The project joins together longtime collaborators to form a tight-knit band that certainly shares a well-oiled chemistry; with Jimmy Haslip on bass and handling the production, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, George Whitty (keys/programming), and Gergo Borlai (drums/programming). Richman is ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Janek Gwizdala: Cooking Up A Little Bass Magic

Read "Janek Gwizdala: Cooking Up A Little Bass Magic" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Virtuosity is not something innate but is rather the result of years of dedication to one's instrument. English-born, Los Angeles-based electric bassist/composer Janek Gwizdala certainly qualifies as a virtuoso but he's the first to acknowledge that the learning--and the practice--never ends. Gwizdala knows that great technical ability, however, doesn't automatically equate with great music, and his ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Randy Brecker: A Fusion Legacy

Read "Randy Brecker:  A Fusion Legacy" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

On stage at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland last July, the ubiquitous trumpeter Randy Brecker lowered his horn after playing two joyous and funky numbers on the stage that is one of the festivals largest venues, serving as a hockey arena during the appropriate season. There were throngs of people, sitting and standing, gleefully ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion

Read "The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion" reviewed by John Kelman

With the tragic passing of Michael Brecker in 2007 at the all-too-young age of 57, it seemed that the flagship group the Brecker Brothers, co-led by the saxophonist with his trumpet-wielding older brother Randy, was also to be a thing of the past. But some things never die; as it was, during the saxophonist's lifetime, the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Piloo Records To Release CD/DVD Set Randy Brecker's The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion

Piloo Records To Release CD/DVD Set Randy Brecker's The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion

AVAILABLE ONLINE SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 AVAILABLE IN STORES OCTOBER 8, 2013 Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, trumpeter Randy Brecker and his younger, sax-playing brother Michael helped define a sub-genre by blending sophisticated jazz harmonies and searing solos with slamming funk grooves and a visceral energy that grabbed rock ears. The Philly-born Brecker Brothers set ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival Da Jazz: St Moritz 2013

Read "Festival Da Jazz: St Moritz 2013" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Festival Da JazzSt. Moritz, SwitzerlandJuly 18-22, 2013How To Run A Jazz Festival 101. Get a big hall, put on some big names: get a small room, put on some smaller names. Stars in the big spaces, up and comers in the little ones. There's a commercial and economic logic to it, maybe even ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

The Complete Arista Albums Collection

Read "The Complete Arista Albums Collection" reviewed by John Kelman

When fusion first emerged in the late 1960s/early '70s with artists like trumpeter Miles Davis, pianist Chick Corea and guitarist John McLaughlin, the emphasis was on guitar and keyboard heavy lineups like Return to Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra, with an equally strong predilection for the intensity and volume of rock and a kind of thundering funk ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Enjoy Jazz Festival: Heidelberg / Mannheim / Ludwigshafen, Germany, October 30-November 7, 2012

Read "Enjoy Jazz Festival: Heidelberg / Mannheim / Ludwigshafen, Germany, October 30-November 7, 2012" reviewed by John Kelman

2012 Enjoy Jazz FestivalHeidelberg/Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, GermanyOctober 30-November 7, 2012After a week in northern Sweden covering the 2012 Umeå Jazz Festival--where the were days shortening and the temperature dropping--moving south to Heidelberg, Germany was a welcome respite from the oncoming onslaught of winter that's also approaching back home in Canada. For this year's coverage of ...


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