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John Bailey: In Real Time

Read "In Real Time" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

John Bailey is a veteran New York-based trumpet player who has worked as a sideman in a variety of genres. Now, at the age of 52, he has released his first CD as a leader and it's as stylish and professional as would be expected.

Bailey's playing is full of passion and fire, and ...

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The CCM Jazz Orchestra feat. Steven Bernstein: Nobody Does It Better

Read "Nobody Does It Better" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Anni fa Steven Bernstein pubblicò un frizzante album con le musiche di John Barry scritte per i film su James Bond (Sex Mob Does Bond, Ropeadope 2001). Ora quegli arrangiamenti acquistano nuova vita nella riscrittura per grande orchestra propiziata da Scott Belck, direttore musicale della CCM Jazz Orchestra, big band del Cincinnati College of Music.

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Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra: Flyin' Through Florida

Read "Flyin' Through Florida" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The number of jazz-centered big bands “on the road" these days can be counted on the fingers of one hand with a digit or two to spare. The Glenn Miller and Count Basie orchestras remain randomly active, the Duke Ellington and Woody Herman progeny somewhat less so. As for the rest . . . R.I.P. Stan ...

Michika Fukumori: Piano Images

Read "Piano Images" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Japanese-born, New York-based pianist Michika Fukumori's first two albums--Infinite Thoughts (Key Click Records, 2004) and Quality Time (Summit Records, 2016)--found her comfortably ensconced in piano trio settings. That most time-honored of formats served her well on both, introducing and showcasing a player with a precision touch, sure sense of swing, and imaginative leanings. For this third ...

Roger Kellaway Trio: New Standards Vol. 3

Read "New Standards Vol. 3" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Trumpeter Carl Saunders is best known for his contributions to jazz orchestras, having put his mighty horn to good use for Stan Kenton, Bill Holman, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman, Gerald Wilson, and numerous other big band leaders of note over the past half-century. Yet his work as a composer may end up being his lasting legacy. ...

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Louise Baranger: Louise Baranger Plays The Great American Songbook

Read "Louise Baranger Plays The Great American Songbook" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The Pop Art and 60s-ish graphics cover of this fun CD might give one an impression that Louise Baranger Plays the Great American Groove Book is a party record or perhaps one mis-shelved from the Oldies Bin at now-defunct Tower Records. Sorry.

Framed here by a group of New York Studio A-Listers and ...

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Dave Potter: You Already Know

Read "You Already Know" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

You might not know who drummer Dave Potter is, but you should. Whether stoking the flames in Jason Marsalis' Vibes Quartet, adding rhythmic flair to the recordings of bassist Will Goble, or leading the charge on his own, Potter has something incredibly positive to say.

With You Already Know, Potter shrewdly mixes it ...

Craig Fraedrich with Trilogy and Friends: All Through the Night

Read "All Through the Night" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

It's no secret among professional musicians that the elite military jazz ensembles such as the “U.S. Army Blues," the Air Force's “Airmen of Note," and the Navy's “Commodores" consist of some of the finest musicians on the planet. Trumpeter Craig Fraedrich, recently-retired 30-year Army Bandsman, his Trilogy crew, and vocalist Christal Rheams are spit-shining examples. And, ...

Joe Bourne: Upbeat And Sweet

Read "Upbeat And Sweet" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

"Upbeat And Sweet" is a pretty good summary of the feel of this collection of songs from mellow jazz vocalist Joe Bourne. But the subtitle is even more telling: “Jazz-infused classic rock & pop songs." None of these songs come from the canon of the Great American Songbook, and many of them seem downright unlikely choices ...

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Scott Whitfield: New Jazz Standards, Volume 2

Read "New Jazz Standards, Volume 2" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On New Jazz Standards, Volume 2 (yes, the title may seem a tad optimistic at first glance; more about that later), trombonist Scott Whitfield leads a well-honed quartet playing the music of Carl Saunders. If the name Carl Saunders is new to you, he is quite simply one of the finest jazz trumpeters you've never heard--and ...