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Moon Songs and The Rhythm of Life

Read "Moon Songs and The Rhythm of Life" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Much to celebrate this week with new releases from MaryJo Mundy and Ken Peplowski and Diego Figueiredo, plus birthday shout outs to the great Dorothy Fields in the first hour, Phoebe Snow in the second hour, vocalists Margaret Whiting, Ruben Blades, Rufus Wainwright, Jimmy Scott, Helen Merrill and guitarist Mary Osborne, among others, with a collection ...

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A Musical Tribute To Caffeine

Read "A Musical Tribute To Caffeine" reviewed by H William Stine

Caffeine—voted the #3 most popular way to stay awake during my show—right after thinking of words that rhyme with “constellation" and reliving your latest root canal (I'll let you figure out the order). Two hours of songs about coffee and tea and the singers who enjoy them, plus, to sweeten the cup, I've tossed in several ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazz Singers in the 1950s – Sarah Vaughan, Helen Merrill, Dinah Washington and Abbey Lincoln (1954 - 1962)

Read "Jazz Singers in the 1950s – Sarah Vaughan, Helen Merrill, Dinah Washington and Abbey Lincoln (1954 - 1962)" reviewed by Russell Perry

Many jazz singers of the 1950s continued the tradition of recording with major instrumentalists who were given the space to improvise, feeding off the collaboration. In 1954, EmArCy records matched three of their singers, representing the wide range of their offerings--Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington and Helen Merrill--with jazz ensembles featuring their rising star, trumpeter Clifford Brown. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kate McGarry: The Subject Tonight Is Love

Read "The Subject Tonight Is Love" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il titolo di questo disco è preso da una poesia del 1300, scritta dal mistico sufi Hafiz e presenta un fascinoso percorso, che indaga i differenti aspetti dell'amore in un repertorio di undici brani. Protagonisti sono la cantante Kate McGarry, il chitarrista Keith Ganz (suo partner in altri album e nella vita) e il pianista Gary ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Il meglio di Norma Winstone

Read "Il meglio di Norma Winstone" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Protagonista del jazz britannico dagli anni settanta in poi, Norma Winstone è una delle grandi voci del jazz europeo nella sua accezione più ampia: dalla libera improvvisazione al camerismo ECM, dalla sperimentazione d'avanguardia al mainstream.

La riedizione di questi tre classici degli anni novanta ci ricorda la sua particolare versatilità. Norma Winstone era ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rose Ellis: Like Songs Like Moons

Read "Like Songs Like Moons" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È un debutto internazionale quanto mai personale e significativo questo di Rose Ellis, nome d'arte per la giovane cantante olandese Roos Plaatsman, da qualche anno a New York.
Riuscire a distinguersi nell'affollato universo odierno delle jazz singers non è cosa facile ma la Ellis ci riesce, entrando in sintonia con la migliore tradizione vocale ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mary Ellen Desmond at Paris Bistro and Jazz Café

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Mary Ellen Desmond
Paris Bistro and Jazz Café
Philadelphia, PA
August 26, 2017

The Paris Bistro and Jazz Café is in Chestnut Hill, a neighborhood in the Northwest corner of Philadelphia that's like an upscale village all its own, with boutique stores and restaurants and the last stop on the ...

Dan Tepfer Trio: Eleven Cages; Judy Niemack with Dan Tepfer: Listening to You

Read "Dan Tepfer Trio: Eleven Cages; Judy Niemack with Dan Tepfer: Listening to You" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dan Tepfer s'è messo in luce da un decennio con eccellenti lavori da leader (dai trii jazz all'esecuzione delle Goldberg Variations) e con prestigiose collaborazioni: ricordiamo il duo con Lee Konitz, il sestetto con Billy Hart, il trio con quest'ultimo e Gary Peacock.
In queste due ultime incisioni il pianista trentacinquenne evidenzia l'alto livello di ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sherri Roberts: Anybody's Spring

Read "Anybody's Spring" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Vocalist Sherri Roberts brings the joy and promise of new beginnings with twelve standards, that offer a spring theme with her 2017 release, Anybody's Spring. Selections come from the jazz compositions of Clifford Brown and Tadd Dameron to the standard and not-so-standard fare of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Hoagy Carmichael, and Blossom Dearie favorite Bob Haymes, the ...

Jane Monheit and her Muses...

Read "Jane Monheit and her Muses..." reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

When vocalist Jane Monheit blew the music community's hair back with her debut recording Never Never Land (N-Coded Music) in 2000, she was 22-years old, beautiful, sensual, soon-to-be-married and talented with chops to spare. By 2016, Monheit had released nine additional studio recordings, including the well-received Come Dream With Me (N-Coded Music, 2001) and Surrender (Concord, ...