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Summer Solstice

Read "Summer Solstice" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Founded in 1949 by Bob Weinstock, the Prestige label was home to some of the best hard bop, swing, and blues music of the '50s and '60s. The diversity of the catalog through subsidiary labels such as Swingville and Bluesville was nothing short of extraordinary. Be it spoken word albums, Southern blues, or the folk strains ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

New and Notable Releases

Read "New and Notable Releases" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Sometimes in summertime the living isn't quite so easy and life contrives to get in the way of finding and celebrating the great music that is out there waiting for us. This article is an attempt to distill personal favourites from the many releases that have crossed my path in the last few months--had time been ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Mickey Bass Manhattan Burn Unit

Mickey Bass Manhattan Burn Unit

Legendary Bassist & Bandleader Mickey Bass is a Hard-bop veteran. As a “Jazz Messenger” he Recorded, Composed & Arranged for Art Blakey. Also worked as a Bassist with Billy Eckstine, Hank Mobley, Freddie Hubbard and Sonny Rollins, to name but a few, and Gloria Lynne, for whom he also served as Musical Director. Recordings include stints ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Curtis Stigers: Baby Plays Around

Read "Baby Plays Around" reviewed by Jim Santella

While still a teenager, Curtis Stigers sat in with Gene Harris on Tuesday nights in his hometown of Boise, Idaho. His seamless vocal phrasing and soulful expression seem made for jazz singing. Stigers started his professional career playing tenor sax in local blues bands. No wonder he sounds, at times, like Ray Charles. And yet, Curtis ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Curtis Stigers: Baby Plays Around

Read "Baby Plays Around" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Sometimes it's tough for jazz enthusiasts to cast aside biases about pop music and listen to artists afresh, as if they were hearing a musician or a singer for the first time. And sometimes jazz enthusiasts--and jazz musicians--begrudge success condescendingly, as if the diminution of innate talent is a function of the increase in financial reward.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Curtis Stigers: Baby Plays Around

Read "Baby Plays Around" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

A unique jazz voice from the frontier. Idaho native and Gene Harris Protégé Curtis Stigers has a voice that is the love child of Harry Connick, Jr. and Betty Carter. His delivery has a rough humor not to be taken too seriously, but serious enough for jazz art. On Baby Plays Around, Stigers basically sings the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Curtis Stigers: Baby Plays Around

Read "Baby Plays Around" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Sometimes it's tough for jazz enthusiasts to cast aside biases about pop music and listen to artists afresh, as if they were hearing a musician or a singer for the first time. And sometimes jazz enthusiasts--and jazz musicians--begrudge success condescendingly, as if the diminution of innate talent is a function of the increase in financial reward.


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