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Tomas Janzon: Experiences

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Hanging out with straight-ahead jazz from a veteran quartet is like vacationing in an out-of-the-way place where there are no cares for weeks on end. This place would lead to feeling good and being rested for a long time. Both jazz and vacation offer rare qualities without interference, and both provide stimulating forces from the inside ...

Irene Kral: Second Chance

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Singer Irene Kral (1932-1978) communicated with her audience through more than just music; she could make everyone in the room believe in what she had to say and take the message home with them for keeps. Recorded in 1975, this program of jazz standards features a nightclub performance with vocalist, acoustic piano trio and swirling emotions.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Couldn't Stand the Weather

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Couldn't Stand the Weather is a great album which has been reissued before. But this time, there are considerable extras in the package that make it jump out and shout. Each of the two discs runs for nearly 80 minutes: disc one includes the original album and plenty of bonus tracks; while disc two contains a ...

ARTICLE: DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Rufus Reid: Live in Vienna

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Rufus Reid

Live in Vienna

Quantum Leap/MVD Visual

2005

In a memorable 2005 concert performance at the Porgy and Bess jazz club in Vienna, bassist Rufus Reid's trio interpreted several of his original compositions as well as the standard “Cherokee." And what power that old chestnut emitted. With pianist Fritz Pauer ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hanjin: Raw Jazz

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With this album of vocal standards accompanied by a rhythm trio, Hanjin climbs the ladder of contemporary male jazz singers and ranks up there with the all-time best. Wordless scat singing that oozes rhythm, convincing lyric interpretations with laid-back attitude, a fine sense of humor that sparkles, and vocal acrobatics that very few will attempt give ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sonja Dunson: You Can't Buy Love

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This soundtrack from Sonja Dunson's 2001 film project oozes soulful emotion with every breath. It's the kind of feel-good music that's envisioned with dim lights, a cozy sofa and plush carpet, pleasant company and a whole lot of privacy. It's feel-good music. You Can't Buy Love represents quite an achievement for the budding film director. She ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide

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The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide
Scott Yanow
Softcover; 280 pages
ISBN: 978-087930-825-4
Backbeat Books
2008



Anyone ever asked you to list your favorite CDs for a desert island stayover? What would Tom Hanks and Wilson listen to if they had had the foresight ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Iris Ornig: New Ground

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Double-bassist Iris Ornig leads a mainstream ensemble on New Ground, controlling the session's mood from the bottom and ensuring that melody flows casually. Trumpet, guitar and vocalists alternate feature roles that give the session variety. Best is her trio on “Caravan," where the bass assumes a seat-of-the-pants foundation that energizes and dresses up an old standard ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jack Wilkins: Until It's Time

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A guitarist with the kind of dexterity that Jack Wilkins shares is bound to find success in many fields, especially when based in New York, where he's surrounded by great musicians all the time. As Until It's Time features piano, bass and drums in support of Wilkins' sensual fret board articulation, much of the album relies ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michaela Rabitsch / Robert Pawlik Quartet: Moods

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From Vienna, Austria, trumpeter Michaela Rabitsch and guitarist Robert Pawlik lead a fine quartet steeped in the jazz tradition while offering a fresh voice for the evolving worldwide jazz scene. Communicating naturally with any audience, they interpret ten original songs on Moods while stirring the pot with a hearty, foot-tappin' thrill that's driven by the ensemble's ...


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