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Ezra Weiss Big Band: We Limit Not The Truth of God

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Composer / arranger Ezra Weiss's debut big-band recording, We Limit Not the Truth of God, is actually a suite written for his two young children to help them understand and embrace the often confusing and chaotic world in which we live. It is thus entirely appropriate that the album was recorded (with an audience) in a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Swingin' In The Rain: Portland Jazz Festival 2016

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Sonny Fortune and Azar Lawrence
Jimmy Mak's
PDX Jazz Festival
Portland, OR
February 18-19, 2016

Any American burg that aspires to “great city" status has got to have a solid jazz scene. Sorry, but hipster hat shops, artisanal juiceries, and $6 coffee from beans grown on sustainable farms in Africa and Latin ...

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Nicole Glover: First Record

Read "First Record" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Tenor saxophonist Nicole Glover has made a bold statement with her First Record. The deceptively generic title belies the stimulating music comprising this thematically cohesive album. Glover's own compositions as well as her interpretations of others' work is rooted in the august tradition of her instrument in jazz and, much like that of her idols, it ...

Suzi Stern: Romancing the Dark

Read "Suzi Stern: Romancing the Dark" reviewed by Geannine Reid

When a jazz singer is able to combine skills as a poet, composer, arranger and singer, what type of music is the result? Folk/Jazz/World; but of course! That is the underlying theme throughout Suzi Stern's CD, Romancing the Dark. The Austin based singer has a diverse history of collaborations, working with artist such as: Joe Henderson, ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Clues and Roots: Tracing the Genius of Mingus

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When I first heard the music of Charles Mingus it was if I had been struck violently from underneath, yet the subsequent fall was a welcome descent embodied by contemplation and a strange sense of satisfaction. The record was Blues and Roots, and the moments of discovery in the listening journey since have been few and ...

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Dave Riley: Whiskey, Money & Women

Read "Whiskey, Money & Women" reviewed by Alan Jones

The Dave Riley blues style is marked with equal parts authenticity and guts. With blues singer/guitarists currently available at a dime for the dozen, it is refreshing to be confronted with a dose of originality. New York’s Fedora Records seeks to keep the blues in its elliptical orbit through featuring such musicians as Riley, a fearless ...

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Robert Pete Williams: Robert Pete Williams

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The music of Robert Pete Williams does more beyond telling a chain of personal and fictional stories. His music, like the works of great literary figures, is a life-breathing, transcendental product of experience. He perfected the effects of escape and dark satire in his work, which often has an almost supernatural quality.

Williams met a temporary ...

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Kelly Joe Phelps: Sky Like a Broken Clock

Read "Sky Like a Broken Clock" reviewed by Alan Jones

Today’s blues is often characterized by eccentric stylistic deviations, sometimes only leaving trace elements of the roots. It is not uncommon to hear blues that is devoid of a bar structure and repetition. Ordered melody and bridges replace recurring chord patterns. The untrained vocals that often exemplify blues lyricism are relinquished for refined, more calculated tones ...

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Leon Redbone: Any Time

Read "Any Time" reviewed by Alan Jones

Do you remember the first time you heard Leon Redbone? I was six years old, elbows at the edge of my parents’ bed, hands propping up my chin. Saturday Night Live was an occasional family ritual. At such a simple age I was partial to Mr. Bill, Land Shark, and of course, the musical guests. I ...

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Buckwheat Zydeco: Down Home Live

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In the twelve or so years that have lapsed since I listened to a Buckwheat Zydeco record, it is comforting to know that the group is still going strong, and yet no wonder. Convincing evidence to their momentum can be heard in their latest release on Tomorrow Recordings, Down Home Live. Down Home Live, a Thanksgiving ...