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Kate Reid: The Heart Already Knows

Read "The Heart Already Knows" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There's a special sort of intimacy achieved when a singer performs with the accompaniment of only one instrument. On this CD Kate Reid explores that in a big way, recording duets with two different pianists and three different guitarists.

Reid has an appealingly husky alto voice with a casual coziness that adapts nicely to ...

Dick Oatts / Mats Holmquist New York Jazz Orchestra: A Tribute to Herbie +1

Read "A Tribute to Herbie +1" reviewed by Jack Bowers

A Tribute to Herbie +1 is Swedish-born composer / arranger Mats Holmquist's third “tribute" album, following well-received salutes to Chick Corea (2003) and Wayne Shorter (2012). For his encomium to pianist / composer Herbie Hancock, Holmquist called upon two of New York City's most respected sidemen, alto saxophonist Dick Oatts and trombonist John Mosca, known and ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

The Jazz Ballad Gauntlet: Rebecca Parris and Beat Kaestli

Read "The Jazz Ballad Gauntlet: Rebecca Parris and Beat Kaestli" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

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:noun \'ba-ləd\
A slow popular song that is typically about love.

The ballad remains one of the most durable vehicles in any music genre. In jazz, it is a make-or-break format capable of revealing the haves and haves not in the jazz vocals department. There have been ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Vocal Icon Janis Siegel Releases First Solo Album in Seven Years: "NightSongs"

Vocal Icon Janis Siegel Releases First Solo Album in Seven Years: "NightSongs"

Over the past four decades, the voice of Janis Siegel, a nine-time Grammy winner and a seventeen-time Grammy nominee, has been an undeniable force in music; a founding member of The Manhattan Transfer, solo artist, producer and arranger, Janis is “about as eclectic in her musical tastes as a pop singer can get,” writes The New ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Susie Meissner: I’m Confessin’

Read "I’m Confessin’" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

On vocalist Susie Meissner's previous recording, I'll Remember April (Self Produced, 2008), the singer staked out the center of the middle of the road stylistically. Her repertoire was from the most popular sections of The Great American Songbook, dispatched tastefully in her well-balanced high alto. Dedicated to the melody, Meissner is clearly not one given to ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Nat Janoff

Read "Take Five With Nat Janoff" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Nat Janoff:

Guitarist, composer and teacher Nat Janoff is a graduate of William Paterson University, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance. His debut recording, Looking Through, featuring the rhythm section of world renowned electric bassist, Matthew Garrison, and drummer Gene Lake, put Nat on the map as both a player and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Beat Kaestli: Invitation

Read "Invitation" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

First, there is the name: Beat Kaestli. How hip is that? A native of Switzerland, Kaestli moved to New York, where he was suitably educated in the craft of jazz at the Manhattan School of Music, and ultimately, the Aaron Copland School of Music.

Kaestli has a voice of uncommon sweetness and delicacy ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Paul Meyers: Paul Meyers Quartet featuring Frank Wess

Read "Paul Meyers Quartet featuring Frank Wess" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

This is a very smooth outing from Paul Meyers, mixing standards--both the rather ripe ("I Cover The Waterfront") and the lesser-known (Billy Strayhorn's “Snibor")--with Meyers originals as showcases for his acoustic nylon string guitar. “Smooth" should not be taken to mean “smooth jazz": there is just the right amount of edge in the musicians' interaction to ...

Beat Kaestli: Invitation

Read "Invitation" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Great American Songbook is something of a repertoire Bible for jazz vocalists, regardless of whether or not they originally hail from America. Vocalist Beat Kaestli was born in Switzerland, but he made New York his home after arriving to attend the Manhattan School of Music in the early 1990s. Since that time, his music has ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Paul Meyers: Paul Meyers Quartet featuring Frank Wess

Read "Paul Meyers Quartet featuring Frank Wess" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Guitarist Paul Meyers' stated intention with Paul Meyers Quartet featuring Frank Wess was to create “a relaxed, straight-ahead jazz CD," and with the assistance of some delightful sax and flute from NEA Jazz Master Frank Wess he has succeeded admirably. The mix of standards and originals is thoughtfully put together and the end result is a ...