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ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Five Women VII – Zoe Schwarz; Mercedes Figueras; Vivian Buczek; Carol Albert; Douyé

Read "Five Women VII – Zoe Schwarz; Mercedes Figueras; Vivian Buczek; Carol Albert; Douyé" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion
This Is the Life I Choose
33 Jazz Records
2017

Zoe Schwarz and her band, the Blue Commotion, have been making a name for themselves in their native England for the better part of this decade. With five albums to their credit, the band and singer have ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Composer/Keyboardist Carol Albert Keeps Her Career Momentum And Positive Vibes Flowing On A Vibrant Re-imagining Of The Al Jarreau Classic “one Way”

Composer/Keyboardist Carol Albert Keeps Her Career Momentum And Positive Vibes Flowing On A Vibrant Re-imagining Of The Al Jarreau Classic “one Way”

By Jonathan Widran, Music Connection and Jazziz Magazine A few months after energizing smooth jazz radio with her vibrant, optimistic early 2017 single “On My Way,” Atlanta based composer, keyboardist and vocalist Carol Albert keeps the positive, optimistic vibes and the momentum flowing with her fresh and vibrant re- imagining of legendary singer Al Jarreau’s classic “One Way.” The ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Ted Howe Jazz Orchestra: Pinnacle

Read "Pinnacle" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Big bands come at the listener from a variety of angles these days, some more aslant than others. On Pinnnacle, Los Angeles-based composer / arranger / pianist Ted Howe covers all the bases, navigating his thirteen-piece orchestra through styles ranging from swing to funk, Latin to tone poem, often with classical undertones. Howe gives credit for ...

Randy Hoexter: Fromage

Read "Fromage" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In manufacturing, it's nearly impossible to work with substandard raw materials and wind up with a high quality finished product. While the same tenet often holds true in music, pianist Randy Hoexter is out to prove that the manner of presentation can overcome the matter itself.

On the aptly titled Fromage, Hoexter rearranges ...

H2 Big Band / Tempest Little Big Band / Deutsch Oper Berlin Big Band

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The H2 Big Band

You're It!

Jazzed Media

2010

Big-band album of the year? There have been a number of worthy aspirants in the first half of 2011, and now comes another strong contender: the Denver-based H2 Big Band, whose debut recording, You're It!, is a paragon of straight-ahead blowing pleasure ...