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The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra: Along for the Ride

Read "Along for the Ride" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On the third album as leader of his superlative New York-based Jazz Orchestra, trombonist Pete McGuinness proves again that he is one of the more astute and resourceful composer / arrangers on the scene today. From “Put on a Happy Face" through “One for the Maestro," McGuinness' impressive charts are decorous models of warmth and perception. ...

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Brian McCarthy: The Better Angels of Our Nature

Read "The Better Angels of Our Nature" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Sassofonista e arrangiatore, insegnante all'Università del Vermont, Brian McCarthy è anche un appassionato di storia e ha pensato di realizzare un concept album ispirato alla guerra civile americana, presentando due suoi brani e sette temi dell'epoca arrangiati per medio organico.

In questo nonet troviamo veterani come il trombettista Bill Mobley (già con Harold ...

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Roberta Piket: One For Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland

Read "One For Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A young, unrecorded artist is asked to share her talents, sitting in a chair that had been warmed by Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Brad Mehldau, Mary Lou Williams, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea and Dizzy Gillespie to name just a few of the legends who graced Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz series. It says a great deal about ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Pianist Roberta Piket's "One For Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland" To Be Released June 10

Pianist Roberta Piket's "One For Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland" To Be Released June 10

Marian McPartland’s creative output as a composer has been quite overshadowed by the late piano legend’s decades-long role as a beloved public radio host. Pianist Roberta Piket aims to help put that right with her new album One for Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland, to be released by Thirteenth Note Records on June 10. “Roberta Piket is an ...

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Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Portraits and Places

Read "Portraits and Places" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Scott Reeves formed his splendid New York-based orchestra eight years ago, in 2008, and while Portraits and Places marks its recorded debut, Reeves spent a number of years before that sharpening his composing and arranging skills at the highly regarded BMI Jazz Composers Workshop where he received tutelage and counsel from Manny Albam, Mike Abene, Jim ...

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Jon Davis: Moving Right Along

Read "Moving Right Along" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Every jazz generation has its own Tommy Flanagan, an unheralded player that finally steps into the spotlight and everyone wonders how he has been hiding in plain sight all these years. With Moving Right Along, a follow up to One Up Front (Posi-Tone, 2013) pianist Jon Davis takes center stage with an assured sense of swing ...

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The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra: Strength in Numbers

Read "Strength in Numbers" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For the second album as leader of his jazz orchestra, New York-based Pete McGuinness says he has “returned to [his] roots," fashioning a series of dapper themes that embody his forward-looking point of view while swinging in the grand tradition of such legendary ensembles as Basie, Herman, Thad Jones and others. When someone like Bill Holman ...

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Pete McGuinness: Voice Like A Horn

Read "Voice Like A Horn" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

"Did you hear the one about the singing trombonist?." It's not even a joke because there have been many a fine trombonist that also sing, to wit: beginning with the inestimable Jack Teagarden. Then there's Billy Eckstine, Wycliffe Gordon, Henry Darragh, Natalie Cressman, and one Pete McGuinness who releases his third recording as leader, Voice Like ...

Take Five With Brian McCarthy

Read "Take Five With Brian McCarthy" reviewed by Brian McCarthy

Meet Brian McCarthy:
A staple of the ongoing music scene from Vermont to New York, equally comfortable in modern jazz settings, Latin ensembles, and funk outfits. Brian is a first-rate saxophonist, arranger, and composer currently performing with Ray Vega's Quintet and the Grippo Funk Band. He has arranged for jazz heavyweights Kenny Garrett and ...

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Jim Rotondi: 1000 Rainbows

Read "1000 Rainbows" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

1000 Rainbows swings beautifully, drawing together a few original tunes from trumpeter Jim Rotondi and some out-of-the-ordinary classics that are delivered in real style by a classy quintet. The New York-based Rotondi has been in the jazz scene for more than 20 years and has an extensive back catalog of recordings as a leader. This is ...