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Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon At The Old 76 House

Read "Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon At The Old 76 House" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon
The Old 76 House
Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon
Tappan, NY
January 24, 2018

A couple of minutes into “How Deep Is The Ocean," the first selection of an opening set, without uttering a word, the ad hoc group assembled by bassist Mark Hagan offered assurances that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

AGNZ: Chance Meeting

Read "Chance Meeting" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Before proceeding, a word about the name of this admirable quartet: AGNZ (jazz from A to Z?) comprises the first letter in the last names of its four members--guitarist Jay Azzolina, tenor saxophonist Dino Govoni, drummer Adam Nussbaum and bassist Dave Zinno. It further denotes, presumably, a certain level of parity, a selflessness and camaraderie among ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Valentina Marino - "In The Name Of Love" - Jazzheads Release Date: August 12

Valentina Marino - "In The Name Of Love" - Jazzheads Release Date: August 12

New on Jazzheads Records VALENTINA MARINO In The Name Of Love Release Date: August 12th Featuring: Cameron Brown, Anthony Pinciotti, Alberto Pibiri and more! From Standards To David Bowie Vocalist, songwriter, arranger and lyricist Valentina Marino brings the sensitivity, sophistication and earthiness of her Mediterranean roots to cutting edge jazz. Marino is a musical gypsy, in constant search for unexplored paths where ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Carol Welsman: Alone Together

Read "Alone Together" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Canadian jazz pianist and vocalist Carol Welsman unveils her eleventh album as leader with the audacious Alone Together where she's never alone and altogether very spicy and splendid on vocals as well as on the keys. The album contains a superb selection of time-honored standards like Sammy Cahn's “Day By Day," Rodgers & Hammerstein's oft-recorded “It ...

Ron Oswanski: December's Moon

Read "December's Moon" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Keyboardist Ron Oswanski is known primarily as an audacious organist. He does, however, also bring a unique agility to the accordion and is endowed with a lyrical touch on the piano as his debut album December's Moon amply demonstrates.

The dozen tunes cover modern jazz compositions, Oswanski's originals and a Led Zeppelin anthem. The wide ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ron Oswanski: December's Moon

Read "December's Moon" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

With the possible exception of “love" and “you," “moon" enters as a most-welcomed word-muse to performers, composers and lyricists. When “jazz organ" enters into that equation, the expected aural summation might be the blues-infused funk of Jimmy Smith or the steamy straight-ahead of Joey DeFrancesco.

December's Moon from multi-keyboardist/composer--and now leader--Ron Oswanski, is a performance ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ron Oswanski: December's Moon

Read "December's Moon" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A modernist with the Hammond B-3 organ, Ron Oswanski introduces himself as leader for the first time crafting a vibrant modern jazz, almost fusion-like in texture, musical experiment on December's Moon. On tap are a host of exciting new originals as well as creative and swinging arrangements of music from trumpeter Kenny Wheeler whose “Kayak, and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Richard Sussman Quintet: Nyack, NY, July 22, 2012

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Richard Sussman Quintet
Nyack Jazz Week at the Turning Point Cafe
Nyack, NY
July 22, 2012

Unlike the performance of certain forms of popular music, in which musicians dutifully strive to reproduce perfect versions of tracks from a record, a jazz CD release party proceeds from entirely different expectations. Befitting the music's emphasis on improvisation ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Brian Adler: A World of Percussion

Read "Brian Adler: A World of Percussion" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Brian Adler is truly both a drummer and a percussionist--in his world, the drum set coexists peacefully with a dizzying array of ethnic percussion instruments as equal partners in a myriad of musical possibilities. His work with vocalist Sunny Kim in the Prana Trio--which also includes a rotating cast of guest artists such as Frank Carlberg, ...

Carl Fischer & Organic Groove Ensemble: Adverse Times

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Carl Fischer & Organic Groove Ensemble
Adverse Times
Fisch Music
2010




Sometimes it seems that trumpet players get more of the spotlight than other instrument-playing bandleaders. Perhaps it's because of the tremendous legacy emanating from Louis Armstrong's tree. The nature of the trumpet speaks of leadership, ...