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Pat LaBarbera Kirk MacDonald Quartet with Adam Nussbaum & Kieran Overs: Silent Voices

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The oxymoronic title of Silent Voices belies and simultaneously validates interesting things about this recording. Far from silent in its artistic message, it is an intelligent, evocative, and brilliantly communicative effort. Its “voices" dominate, ring loud, and are intensely passionate. Most stentorian, they emanate from deep within the respective creative wellsprings of these four superior performers. ...

Nadje Noordhuis: Nadje Noordhuis

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On occasion, it is worthwhile to look back on an artist's earlier work--perhaps one that has not been encountered and experienced. In examining Nadje Noordhuis' debut CD, one originally recorded in 2010, there are marvelous new gems to discover and reflections upon which to dwell and meditate.

Nadje Noordhuis is a superbly crafted ...

Craig Fraedrich with Trilogy and Friends: All Through the Night

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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, ...

Giacomo Gates: What Time Is It?

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2:02.75. That might have been what longshot “Giacomo" (at 50-1) took to win the Kentucky Derby back in 2005. However, it will take longer--just short of an hour--to realize that this thoroughbred Giacomo rides home a winner with What Time Is It?. Hold the oats and roses and grab the ear buds.

Giacomo ...

Calabria Foti: In the Still of the Night

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With In the Still of the Night, vocalist Calabria Foti joins the ranks of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Oscar Peterson, and many others -vocalists and instrumentalists -who have dived deeply into the Cole Porter canon. It takes a very special talent to deftly probe the poetic and pithy romantic lingo that the Classic material offers. So, ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Transcendent Trombone - Jazz Survivor: The Rick Stepton Story

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Transcendent Trombone
Frank McGowan
Self Published
2017

“Jazz Luck"--a phrase I pull out of the hat every so often that aptly describes those oddball and, in some cases, unfortunate events which practitioners of the art encounter in the business. It's a more apropos term that the commonly-used “Stuff Happens," because ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

You're IN the Band - The Real Experience of Playing in a Traditional/Hot Jazz Band

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You're IN the Band
Cynthia Sayer
128 Pages
ISBN: #978-0-578-17971-1
Cynthia Sayer Music
2016

Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, bandleader and music educator, Cynthia Sayer's name might not be a bell-ringer, however I'd wager that you've probably heard her Hall of Fame banjo (Yes, there is one!) playing on film soundtracks, ...

Jon Crowley: I Walk Amongst Humans

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There are recordings that seem to be made for the practice of looking out a window on a rainy day. “I Walk Amongst the Humans" by trumpeter Jon Crowley accurately fits that bill. It is a recording which exhibits a poetic nature through thought-provoking originals that are a platform for fine group interplay and superb improvisations. ...

Winston Byrd: Once Upon a Time Right Now

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"Once Upon A Time" usually prefaces a fairy tale, Aesopian fable, or, a Hollywood action movie. While no tale of witches, Princess Brides, or cigar-chomping cowboys, this recording from trumpeter Winston Byrd and his magnificent more-than-seven is an overall right now hoot.

An aural feast where Byrd is Exec Chef, the production delivers superbly-performed ...

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Tony Adamo Digs Mark Murphy And Beyond

Tony Adamo Digs Mark Murphy And Beyond

Tony Adamo will be in New York in early April rehearsing with Mike Clark and Michael Wolff, of Wolff & Clark Expedition. New York photographer Fran Kaufman is scheduled to do the photo shoot. Clark has been Adamo’s music producer on two previous releases, Miles of Blu (2013) and Tony Adamo & The New York Crew ...


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