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John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet: Basement Blues

Read "Basement Blues" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Basement Blues is the third Origin Records CD offering from the John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet, following Shot Through With Beauty (2009) and Live Beauty, (2013). Guitarist Stowell's approach is distinctive--silvery chords and pinprick single notes that reverberate from the rafters. Saxophonist Zilber is a flawless, soulful technician on soprano and tenor saxophones. Bassist John Shifflett and ...

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John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet: Live Beauty

Read "Live Beauty" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Part of the appeal of the teaming of guitarist John Stowell with various “post Coltrane" saxophonists is the cool/hot dynamic. Stowell is the guy with a Zen restraint, the cool guy, his chords sometimes sounding as if they are ringing from frozen stalactite filaments in ice caves. Saxophonists? Some blow cool-- those of the Lester Young/Stan ...

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Jim Norton Collective: Time Remembered: Compositions of Bill Evans

Read "Time Remembered: Compositions of Bill Evans" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The late Bill Evans was so celebrated a pianist that even some partisans may overlook the fact that he was also a splendid composer with a number of oft-revisited jazz themes to his credit. Saxophonist / arranger Jim Norton hasn't forgotten, and has entrusted Time Remembered, his debut album as leader of the Jim Norton Collective, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lissy Walker: Wonderland

Read "Wonderland" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Alice had many adventures in Wonderland: they could be fun, they could be touching, but they were seldom musical. Lissy Walker's second album, Wonderland, also provides lots of adventures--some fun, some touching, all musical.

A quick glance at the song titles--"Something Wonderful," “Where Or When," “Isn't It Romantic?"--put this album fairly and squarely into American ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Lissy Walker Returns With "Wonderland" Another Sublime Collection Of Classic, Soulful Folk/Jazz September 23

Lissy Walker Returns With "Wonderland"    Another Sublime Collection Of Classic, Soulful Folk/Jazz  September 23

Lissy Walker is a jazz singer, but she brings her own unique spin to the music by adding elements drawn from the worlds of folk, country, and 70s acoustic pop. Walker's burnished vocals and her virtuosic band slip effortlessly between genres to create their own soulfully sweet sound–dreamy and bittersweet, heartfelt and swinging–on her stunning new ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Anya Malkiel: From the Heart

Read "Anya Malkiel: From the Heart" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Anya Malkiel is a Bay Area-based vocalist who grew up in a musical environment in the former Soviet Union. Jazz was taboo, but would nevertheless become a vital part of her life. Malkiel states, “It was always the human voice that drove my musical aspirations." After leaving for the United States in 1990, she shared a ...

Bruce Kaphan Quartet: Bruce Kaphan Quartet

Read "Bruce Kaphan Quartet" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

What can be more American than jazz played on pedal steel guitar? After all, both are United States' cultural products. Yet pedal steel guitarists are rarely found outside the different sub-genres of country music. Enter Bruce Kaphan, a virtuoso of this instrument and a talented composer who peppers Bruce Kaphan Quartet with abundant jazzy sensibilities.

Sandra Marlowe: True Blue

Read "True Blue" reviewed by Edward Blanco

With the plethora of female jazz vocalist turning out new albums almost weekly, it is refreshing to hear an exceptional voice--a diamond in the rough--from a singer whose time has finally come to share her enormous talents with the rest of the world. San Francisco Bay Area native Sandra Marlowe proves she is no ordinary singer, ...