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Five Women V – Kathleen Potton, Ariel Pocock, Christina Morrison, Michelle Bradley, Donna E. Scott, Kellye Gray

Read "Five Women V – Kathleen Potton, Ariel Pocock, Christina Morrison, Michelle Bradley, Donna E. Scott, Kellye Gray" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

There is no end to very good jazz vocals.

Kathleen Potton
Nero
Self Produced
2017

Australian-born singer/songwriter Kathleen Potton's debut recording Nero is a sly nod in the direction of female singer/songwriters who came before. The title refers to the Laura Nyro ("Eli's Coming," Stoned Soul Picnic") and the ...

Peter Eldridge: Disappearing Day

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Pianist, songwriter and Grammy Award-winning singer Peter Eldridge unveils his fifth solo album with Disappearing Day, presenting a varied mix of styles from jazz and alternative to a country-tinged piece, on seven original tunes and five covers offering arrangements from Paul McCartney, Leonard Bernstein to Frank Sinatra. This is not your typical jazz vocal album where ...

Peter Eldridge: Disappearing Day

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It wouldn't necessarily be inaccurate to refer to Peter Eldridge as a “singer-songwriter," but that tag definitely does not fit him. Such a label just undercuts the creative brilliance behind his music, diminishing the beauty, truth, strength, wit, and compassion in his work. The man is far more than a simple spinner of songs. His is ...

Reggie Quinerly: Invictus

Read "Invictus" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Drummer Reggie Quinelry's second release as a leader Invictus is a collection of short, tightly woven and compelling pieces that Quinerly and his quintet interpret with understated fervor and sublime elegance. Quinerly showcases his compositional and leadership skills while shunning the spotlight himself. He allows his sidemen ample room for soloing as he directs the intricacies ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Art of Cool Jazz Festival: Gretchen Parlato and Alan Hampton

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Art of Cool Jazz Festival
Gretchen Parlato and Alan Hampton
PSI Theater
Durham, NC
April 25, 2015

It was a cool, whistful, and breezy Saturday evening. Sounds of improvisation and ingenuity seeped out of the edifices of multiple, cozy and packed venues---and into the air of the night. It ...

Oded Lev-Ari: Threading

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There's more to music than often meets the eye. While educated jazz fans often laud and focus on the artists whose names adorn the cover of albums and the sidemen that support and converse with them, far fewer people applaud the work of figures like Oded Lev-Ari--those men of many hats who work out of sight, ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

2015 Art of Cool Jazz Festival

2015 Art of Cool Jazz Festival

By K. Shackelford The 2015 Art of Cool Jazz Festival is a journey into the immense vastness of jazz music with a roster of world class musicians. Operating in only its second year, the three day jazz dreamland, offers a superb mix of old and new artists that illuminate the ways that jazz penetrates many forms of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Alan Hampton Releases Sophomore Album "Origami for the Fire"

Alan Hampton Releases Sophomore Album "Origami for the Fire"

Alan Hampton is a busy man. When he's not on the road, playing bass and singing with Andrew Bird, Gretchen Parlato Meshell N'Degeocello, and Robert Glasper, he might be in the studio laying down tracks for Sufjan Stevens, Luke Temple, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, Esperanza Spalding, or The New Pornographers. But somehow, in between tours and takes, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Drummer Reggie Quinerly's "Invictus" To Be Released March 17 By Redefinition Music

Drummer Reggie Quinerly's "Invictus" To Be Released March 17 By Redefinition Music

Drummer/composer Reggie Quinerly made an indelible impression on the jazz world with his 2012 debut recording, Music Inspired by Freedmantown, a soulful and serious-minded tribute to the historic African-American neighborhood in Houston where he grew up. For his second CD, Invictus, which will be released by the drummer’s Redefinition Music label on March 17, Quinerly takes ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

A Look Back At Robert Glasper's Enoch's "Inaugural" Meditation

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One of the most powerful jazz documentation of a Presidential Inauguration was a YouTube presentation of Robert Glasper's “Enoch's Meditation," a piece from his 2005 album entitled Canvas. Glasper, a Blue Note artist and Grammy Award winning jazz piano star, has received critical acclaim for his trio style that weaves together a tapestry of diverse musical ...