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Content by tag "Cellar Live"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sam Taylor: Along The Way

Read "Along The Way" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On almost half of the nine tracks on Along the Way, tenor saxophonist Sam Taylor's close-knit quartet is actually a quintet thanks to the emphatic presence of the renowned Philadelphia-based tenor, Larry McKenna. Taylor's impressive visitor, two months shy of his eightieth birthday when the album was recorded in May 2017, keeps on playing with the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

P.J. Perry Quartet: Alto Gusto

Read "Alto Gusto" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Scanning an album that bears the name Alto Gusto, a prospective listener may be forgiven for assuming that it consists of a series of upbeat themes designed to cause toes to tap, fingers to snap and the heart rate to soar. And once it becomes clear that that is not what Canadian alto saxophonist P.J. Perry's ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Cory Weeds: Let's Groove: The Music of Earth Wind & Fire

Read "Let's Groove: The Music of Earth Wind & Fire" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When last heard from, Canadian Cory Weeds was wielding a mean neo-swing tenor saxophone with the superb Jeff Hamilton trio on the albums Dreamsville and This Happy Madness. On Let's Groove: The Music of Earth, Wind & Fire, Weeds moves from tenor to alto (with no loss of merit) alongside tenor and fellow Canadian Steve Kaldestad, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Andrew Scott Quartet: The Brightest Minute

Read "The Brightest Minute" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To say that guitarist Andrew Scott's new CD, The Brightest Minute, leans backward as much as it does forward isn't a slam, it's a compliment. It's always a pleasure to hear a musician who salutes the prowess of his predecessors--in this case, masters like Billy Bauer, Johnny Smith, Tal Farlow, Barney Kessel, Jim Hall and others--and ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Five on Cellar Live

Read "Five on Cellar Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Corey Weeds' Cellar Live label is dedicated to the most organic of jazz: small ensemble acoustic performance. In 2000, Weeds had opened his Cellar Jazz Club, originally located at 3611 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC. A year later followed the inauguration of the Cellar Live imprint. In spite of the club's closing in 2014, the label remains ...

Grant Stewart Trio: Roll On

Read "Roll On" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Add Grant Stewart's name to the growing list of tenor saxophonists who are gaining broad approval by reanimating exemplary yet by and large overlooked songs from the Great American Songbook and elsewhere and lending them a fresh coat of paint that not only accentuates their timeless charm but does so while swinging in the grandest jazz ...

Geof Bradfield: Birdhoused

Read "Birdhoused" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

A horn-fest? That was the initial impression of saxophonist Geof Bradfield's Birdhoused, a set featuring a quintet with no chording instrument and  four horn front line in a live set at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. While Bradfield's Melba (Origin Records, 2013) paid tribute to the under-sung trombonist/composer/arranger Melba Liston; and his Roots (Origin Records, 2015) ...

Cory Weeds & the Jeff Hamilton Trio: Dreamsville

Read "Dreamsville" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even though the substance and framework of jazz are constantly changing and evolving, the music's bedrock--marked by spontaneity and free-wheeling swing--remains essentially unimpaired and secure. And when it comes to swinging, it's hard to eclipse the irrepressible pulse of the tenor saxophone, an instrument whose long and enduring ties to jazz and swing have been epitomized ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Emmet Cohen Featuring Jimmy Cobb: Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1

Read "Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Young pianist Emmet Cohen has a reverence for the history of jazz and a deep abiding yearning to preserve the music of the masters and to this end, Cohen developed the concept of a Masters Legacy Series intended to be a collection of recordings and interviews with various living jazz icons who began their careers fifty ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Luke Sellick: Alchemist

Read "Alchemist" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Raised in Winnipeg, but currently a resident of New York City, Luke Sellick's debut album represents an auspicious beginning to this Juilliard School educated bassist. He gained a scholarship in 2012 to join the prestigious Juilliard, for which he gained a scholarship and was mentored for his Masters degree by the legendary virtuoso Ron Carter. He ...