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Ben Paterson: Live at Van Gelder's

Read "Live at Van Gelder's" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Jazz organ trios have been with us for well over half a century now with not much change in nature or design. There are basically two explicit issues that any such band must address: has it chosen its material with care, and even more to the point, does it swing. Happily, organist Ben Paterson's tight-knit group ...

Ben Paterson: Live at Van Gelder's

Read "Live at Van Gelder's" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Following up his very well-received recordings That Old Feeling (Cellar Live Records, 2018) and For Once in My Life (Origin Records, 2015), Ben Paterson enters the sanctum santorium of jazz recording, Rudy Van Gelder's Studio in Hackensack, NJ. Having collided somewhere with saxophonist/entrepreneur Cory Weeds, the two initiate an idea perfect to the pair's hard bop ...

Cory Weeds Little Big Band: Explosion

Read "Explosion" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Renaissance Man Cory Weeds has the Midas Touch. Since attaining Vancouver-local escape velocity with his Cellar Jazz Club and then his record label with the same imprint, the musical entrepreneur has parlayed his notice worldwide with excellent recordings of himself and other noted artists. Weeds' Cellar Jazz focus is what would be defined as an “Arbors ...

Jerry Weldon: Those Were the Days

Read "Those Were the Days" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

It's no longer certain what music cold be classified as “mainstream" jazz. One can argue that the genre (and all others, for that matter) have atomized to the point of each performance being considered a genre in itself (a desirable outcome to the music anarchists among us). That said, some type of classification remains useful in ...

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Introducing Phil Stewart: Melodious Drum

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Cellar Live Records continues its run of admirable mainstream albums with Melodious Drum, Canadian-born and New York City-based Phil Stewart's debut as leader of his own groups, which range from trio to sextet. It's an interesting title, as Stewart's drums may be congenial but aren't melodious in the manner of, say, Jeff Hamilton, Ed Thigpen, Shelly ...

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Adam Shulman Sextet: Full Tilt

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In music, as in life, not every new voice is worth hearing. Here's one that is. Full Tilt, the fifth CD by San Francisco-born and based pianist Adam Shulman's sextet, is a throwback to those halcyon days when bop was king and giants like Diz, Bird, Miles, Max Roach, Hank Mobley, Benny Golson, Horace Silver, Wardell ...

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The Scott Hamilton Trio: Live at Pyatt Hall

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Even though the Swing Era vanished long ago into the mists of time, likely never to return, it continues to have its champions, especially on the tenor saxophone: masters such as Harry Allen, Ken Peplowski, Grant Stewart, Cory Weeds (who owns the Cellar Live label and produced this splendid album) and last but by no means ...

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Emmet Cohen: Master Legacy Series, Volume 2

Read "Master Legacy Series, Volume 2" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Let's not mince words. Everything you want from a great jazz trio recording -electricity, pacing, innovation, dynamic virtuosity and interplay, flights of fancy and passion -are found in great abundance on Emmet Cohen's newest Master Legacy Series Volume 2.

Recorded live June, 2017 in Vancouver, B.C., pianist Cohen, featured elder and bassist extraordinaire Ron ...

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Sam Taylor: Along The Way

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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 ...

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P.J. Perry Quartet: Alto Gusto

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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 ...