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Pete Malinverni: Heaven

Read "Heaven" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

New York City-based pianist Pete Malinverni is a spiritual man. It's a side of his musical personality that he explores with depth and clarity on Heaven, a mostly trio affair that puts his succinct feel for the sacred, his supple and exquisite touch and his improvisational elan in the forefront on a gorgeous set of music. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Zilber: Originals For the Originals

Read "Originals For the Originals" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Saxophonist/composer Michael Zilber is better known by fellow musicians than by the jazz public, this is an unfortunate truth. The Vancouver, B.C., native moved to Boston in his late teens, then to New York City to begin his musical odyssey. Musicians there recognized his prodigious talent, resulting in recordings with jazz royalty such as Dizzy Gillespie, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Bindman Sextet: Ten Billion Versions of Reality

Read "Ten Billion Versions of Reality" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Saxophonist David Bindman reconvenes the ensemble that created Sunset Park Polyphony (Self Produced, 2012) for the eclectic Ten Billion Versions of Reality. Bindman had spent parts of two recent years in the upstate New York town of Cambridge, developing a suite that is meant to weave together varying perspectives across multiple sound surfaces. The title, in ...

Pete Malinverni: Heaven

Read "Heaven" reviewed by Fiona Ord-Shrimpton

Perhaps church would be fashionable again amongst lapsed Christians if every church had musicians at the spec of Pete Malinverni. We have, in part, much to admire of the LA based Newman family for their reach in music and its training, in which composer, Anthony Newman was an insightful mentor to Malinverni's dedication. It would seem ...

Sherri Roberts: Anybody's Spring

Read "Anybody's Spring" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Vocalist Sherri Roberts brings the joy and promise of new beginnings with twelve standards, that offer a spring theme with her 2017 release, Anybody's Spring. Selections come from the jazz compositions of Clifford Brown and Tadd Dameron to the standard and not-so-standard fare of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Hoagy Carmichael, and Blossom Dearie favorite Bob Haymes, the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jack Wilkins: Playing What He's Preaching

Read "Jack Wilkins: Playing What He's Preaching" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Some time in 1975 a box of records from the Mainstream label was dropped by my front door. I picked it up and began to open it with a mix of excitement and dread of having to face writing more record reviews. I saw an LP titled Windows with an unfamiliar cast of characters and put ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bay Area Bassist/Composer Fred Randolph To Release 3rd CD, "Song Without Singing," August 28

Bay Area Bassist/Composer Fred Randolph To Release 3rd CD, "Song Without Singing," August 28

One of the busiest bassists on the rich jny: San Francisco Bay Area music scene for more than 15 years, in demand for his work on acoustic, electric, and fretless bass, Fred Randolph has been an integral part of bands led by artists from Ian Carey and Akira Tana to Dan Hicks and Maria Muldaur. For ...

NEWS: RADIO

The Spooky, Scary Freedom Jazz Dance Halloween Classic Is Uploaded For Your Fright Night Festivities

Visit Freedom Jazz Dance to hear the 2-hour Halloween Classic from way back in 2010. Available for 4 days only! Boo! Who said jazz can't be spooky, scary? Certainly not the great Count Floyd or me! Pour yourself a tall glass of blood and visit the Freedom Jazz Dance Archive Page to enjoy horrifying Halloween selections from the tomb of lost jazz treasures! This ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steve Heckman Quintet: Search for Peace

Read "Search for Peace" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Steve Heckman says he was inspired to play the tenor saxophone after hearing John Coltrane, especially Coltrane's A Love Supreme. Luckily, Heckman did not follow his mentor completely off the deep end but remained instead true to his bop-bred roots while developing a singular voice of his own on the tenor. On Search for Peace (a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ken Berman: Sound Poetry

Read "Sound Poetry" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Pianist Ken Berman's friendship with the late poet Eythan Klamka served as the inspiration for Sound Poetry, a musical project of mostly original compositions bookended by two solo reinterpretations of classic jazz standards. Poet Klamka, to whom this album is dedicated, had previously stated that “any true musician is a sound poet" and to this end, ...


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