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Janis Siegel: The Tender Trap

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Not to be confused with lounge singer Janet Seidel, Janis Siegel has framed her volume of the Great American Songbook as an “unabridged" pulp novel. Unfortunately, some of it should have been abridged. The album opens with an over-faded version of “Old Black Magic," skims along the musical waves of “My Ship," gets caught in the ...

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The Crown Project: Modern Mancini

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Tribute albums are all the rage these days, so Monarch Records has release Modern Mancini – Tribute to a Music Master under the mysterious moniker “The Crown Project.” Henry Mancini was undoubtedly one of the foremost film and TV scorers, with nearly 80 film scores, four Oscars, and twenty Grammies to his credit, yet one doesn’t ...

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Janis Siegel: The Tender Trap

Read "The Tender Trap" reviewed by Jim Santella

The combination of Janis Siegel’s vocal creativity and Fred Hersch’s imaginative supporting arrangements makes this album take off. Recorded in an intimate trio setting with various guest artists, the album lets its stars shine brightly. A gifted pianist, who began playing at the age of four, Hersch has taught at the New England Conservatory of Music ...

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Mimi Fox: Kicks

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Righteous Chops!. I can think of three major female guitarists: Leni Stern, Emily Remler, and Mimi Fox. Fox turns out to be the least know, making her a very well-kept secret. When I first listened to Kick, I heard a Joe Pass speed and precision with a Wes Montgomery round tone. Fox opens her disc with ...

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Mimi Fox: Kicks

Read "Kicks" reviewed by Douglas Payne

Unfortunately, Mimi Fox is one of only a few female guitarists in jazz. Only Leni Stern and the late, lamented Emily Remler seem to have broken through that male-dominated stranglehold. But Kicks, Fox's latest disc and her third as a leader, places the guitarist in star-studded company to firmly announce that, yes, she too can play ...

Mimi Fox: Kicks

Read "Kicks" reviewed by Ed Kopp

Not many string-benders are as talented as Mimi Fox, a San Francisco-based musician with a strong sense of swing and a clean, economical style.

A former student of Bruce Forman's, Fox shares more qualities with her bop-minded mentor than with the majority of male jazz guitarists in her age group who have adopted a more ...

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Dave Ellis: In the Long Run

Read "In the Long Run" reviewed by Joel Roberts

Tenor saxophonist Dave Ellis's resume includes a number of diverse, high-profile jobs both inside and outside the jazz world: a tour with the post-Grateful Dead touring band, the Other Ones; a spot in Dead guitarist Bob Weir's Ratdog; and membership in the popular groove-jazz group, the Charlie Hunter Trio. But In the Long Run, his second ...

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The Crown Project: Gershwin On Monarch

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With a full orchestra backing smaller intimate jazz ensembles, various artists appearing under the umbrella title The Crown Project have gathered to pay tribute to George Gershwin’s music. Leading players are pianist Mark Gasbarro, flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny, saxophonists Doug Norwine & Justo Almario, and singers Sandi Patty & Tim Davis. Gasbarro performs “Nice Work if You ...

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Dave Ellis: In The Long Run

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The biography at http://www.monarchrecords.com/bio-ellis.html refers to saxophonist Dave Ellis as a “30-year-old rising-star saxophonist" who offers a variety of styles and preferences. The Monarch web site also includes samples from each of the tracks on In The Long Run. His early experience and few recordings only show the surface of what Ellis can do. His two ...

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Dmitri Matheny: Starlight Cafe

Read "Starlight Cafe" reviewed by Joel Roberts

Already tabbed a “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" in the 1998 Down Beat Critics' Poll, flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny seems on the verge of establishing himself as a major new jazz star. His third release on San Francisco's Monarch label may just put him over the top.

Conceived as a “collection of nocturnes," Starlight Cafe is a quiet, ...