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Dot Time Legends Series: Is Every Night New Year's Eve Around Here?

Read "Dot Time Legends Series: Is Every Night New Year's Eve Around Here?" reviewed by Richard  J Salvucci

Soon after The Embers opened in New York City in late 1951, Joe Bushkin and His Quartet spent 16 memorable weeks there. With Milt Hinton and Jo Jones, Bushkin was joined by Buck Clayton on trumpet. Astoundingly, Art Tatum had a solo piano gig there at the same time. Bushkin and Tatum listened to each other ...

Judy Carmichael: All Taken in Stride

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Swinger! A Jazz Girl's Adventures from Hollywood to Harlem
Judy Carmichael
276 Pages
ISBN: # 978-1979764414
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
2017

Pianist and vocalist Judy Carmichael is a jazz girl who has been performing professionally for nearly 40 years. In her memoir Swinger! A Jazz Girl's Adventures from Hollywood ...

Oscar Peterson: Oscar Peterson Plays

Read "Oscar Peterson Plays" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson (1925-2007) was just starting what turned out to be terrific career in 1951 when jazz impresario extraordinaire Norman Granz took him into the studio to record Plays Cole Porter (Clef Records, 1952). Granz had a grand plan: To have this then-promising jazz pianist record a number of albums under the Oscar Peterson ...

Oddgeir Berg: Before Dawn

Read "Before Dawn" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The evolution of the piano trio has taken us from Art Tatum to Erroll Garner to Oscar Peterson to Bud Powell to Bill Evans--with Thelonious Monk in there veering off from Ellington and the stride tradition on his own separate branch. The newest piano trio offshoot is that of groups who add electronic embellishments to their ...

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Satoko Fujii: Solo

Read "Solo" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Solo piano performances generally fall into one of two categories--introverted or extraverted affairs. Obvious examples of extraverts are Fats Waller and Art Tatum, while inward-looking pianists are Brad Mehldau and Bill Evans. Extraverts play music pointed at the audience, while introverts internalize the experience.

How then do we categorize the music of Satoko Fujii? ...

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Michel Camilo: Live In London

Read "Live In London" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While he may be best known for fronting dynamic trios, piano titan Michel Camilo does just fine by himself. There's tremendous propulsion, clarity, and strength in play when Camilo takes to the bench, and there's truly no place better to hear that than in a solo setting.

Camilo has explored this format on ...

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The Billy Lester Trio: Italy 2016

Read "Italy 2016" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Piano trios jazz can charm or seduce, and occasionally mesmerize. In modern times, they can also rock the house, but they seldom jump out of the speakers at you with joy. The Billy Lester Trio,  Italy 2016, does just that. The initial impression of pianist Lester's influences--as the opener “An Evening With Friends" plays--is Bud Powell. ...

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Jim Ridl: Project 142 at the DiMenna Center

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Jim Ridl
Tones and Tomes in Tempo
DiMenna Center
New York, NY
October 19, 2017

Jim Ridl is a brilliant and imaginative pianist whose music is true to his North Dakota origins while firmly rooted in the jazz tradition. Versatile and adaptive to almost any situation, he fronts his own ...

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Impressions of Monterey Jazz Festival 2017: MJF At 60

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Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds
Monterey, CA
September 15-17, 2017

The 60th edition of the long running Monterey Jazz Festival 2017 was well received. This year boldly continued the MJF's opulent tradition of presenting a special blend of fantastic jazz and other music genres in a casual ...

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Guilhem Flouzat: A Thing Called Joe

Read "A Thing Called Joe" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Drummer Guilhem Flouzat, gearing up for his third recording as a leader, had meant to steer his music along the path he'd taken on his sophomore album, Portraits (Sunnyside Records, 2015)--a rotating cast of musicians laying down a batch of the leader's eloquent compositions. But a post card slipped through the mail slot suggesting a step ...