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UMO Jazz Orchestra with Michael Brecker: Live in Helsinki 1995

Read "Live in Helsinki 1995" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If your fondness for big-band jazz includes searching for hidden treasures, here's a recently uncovered gem that should more than gladden your spirit: a concert recording from 1995 by Finland's superb UMO Jazz Orchestra featuring the renowned tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker who left us far too soon a dozen years later at age fifty-seven. The impeccably ...

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Roseanna Vitro: Clarity: Music of Clare Fischer

Read "Clarity: Music of Clare Fischer" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Roseanna Vitro is a “singer's singer." What does that mean? It means she is so excellent and still warranting much more attention. Her deep and precise alto is perfectly tuned and balanced. Her phrasing is textbook. This is what a jazz singer sounds like.

But Vitro's skill set does not stop at vocal ...

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Vocalist Roseanna Vitro Follows Up Her 2011 Grammy-nominated Randy Newman CD With "Clarity: Music Of Clare Fischer," Due Sept. 30

Vocalist Roseanna Vitro Follows Up Her 2011 Grammy-nominated Randy Newman CD With "Clarity: Music Of Clare Fischer," Due Sept. 30

The richly harmonic, deeply melodic music of pianist and composer/arranger Clare Fischer (1928-2012) has proven to be fertile terrain for many jazz and pop artists over the last half-century. Vocalist Roseanna Vitro puts her passionate stamp on nine of Fischer’s compositions (and a favorite of his by Ary Barroso) on her gorgeous new CD Clarity: Music ...

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Lenny Pickett with the UMO Jazz Orchestra: The Prescription

Read "The Prescription" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Lenny Pickett è stato membro distintivo dei Tower of Power per il decennio 1972-81, direttore musicale della Saturday Night Live Band fino al 1995, collaboratore di David Bowie}}, Elton John, David Byrne, Lenny Kravitz, il gruppo Little Feat e molti altri. Nonostante questo, il sassofonista ha inciso pochissimo a suo nome e questo è appena il ...

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Tony Adamo: Miles of Blu

Read "Miles of Blu" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Long before rappers and scratchers, resurrected Mummies, and Lord Buckley's hipsters and flipsters, the ancient Greeks had a name for “cats" like Tony Adamo--rhapsode. The homonym notwithstanding, a rhapsode was a speak-singer--who plucked his lyre and “spung" (spoke-sung) expressive tales of towering, powerful Gods and the tribulations of mortals below them. Pan pipes and percussion types ...

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Jeff Berlin: Low Standards

Read "Low Standards" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Indeed, bassist and educator Jeff Berlin is a modern era pioneer amid accolades that have piled high, spanning several decades via his astounding technique and contributions to progressive-rock, jazz fusion and modern mainstream jazz. Following up his jazz trio outing High Standards (2010, M.A.J. Records) also featuring bassist, pianist Richard Drexler, the core differentiator on Low ...

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Michael Wolff & Mike Clark: Wolff & Clark Expedition

Read "Wolff & Clark Expedition" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This jazz piano trio date by world-class musicians is all about the groove. Drummer Mike Clark, revered for his slippery jazz-funk beats, hearkening back to this tenure with Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, is touted as one of the most sampled drummers of the digital age. However, he is first and foremost a jazz drummer, as his resume ...

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Bria Skonberg: So is the Day

Read "So is the Day" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

It's a rare talent that can straddle--and dare request membership in--the trumpet artist continuum emanating from Louis Armstrong and progressing down through his “Neo Orleans" progeny: Byron Stripling, Wynton Marsalis and Nicholas Payton (whose big band trumpet section Skonberg graces). However, with her bravura performance on So is the Day, Bria Skonberg confirms that she is ...

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Randy Johnston: People Music

Read "People Music" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Perhaps more than any other musical instrument, the guitarists of today come drenched in the music of highly diverse musical genres. The instrument has been a fulcrum of expression, from folk, country and blues to jazz and rock--with a smidgen of classical thrown into the mix as well. Thinking about it, the task of developing as ...

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Kenny Drew, Jr. and Larry Coryell: Duality

Read "Duality" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The jazz duo affords its participants wonderful opportunities to stretch out creatively. Ideas, suggestions and negotiations of all musical kinds percolate back and forth. And, in the best of instances, they birth new nuggets for further development and exploration. At the same time, the duet framework can possibly limit, as competitive natures and stylistic dichotomies might ...