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Jon Mayer: Nightscape

Read "Nightscape" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Jon Mayer was working professionally as a jazz pianist as a teen back in the '50s, while attending the Manhattan School of Music. As well as working as a sideman with Tony Scott, Kenny Dorham, Chet Baker, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Sarah Vaughan and others, along with taking part in record dates with John Coltrane ...

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Helio Alves: It's Clear

Read "It's Clear" reviewed by Marcia Hillman

Helio Alves is one of the most sought-after pianists around with a solid technical foundation (starting his classical training at an early age) and a highly developed respect for his fellow musicians. He knows how to listen, how much and when to play and how to build his solos with imagination and interest.

Joined ...

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Jon Mayer: Nightscape

Read "Nightscape" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

New York-born, Los Angeles-based pianist Jon Mayer began his musical career in the New York jazz scene of the 1950s and 1960s. He has a long and distinguished pedigree, including work with Jackie McLean and John Coltrane, but his first recording as leader came as late as 1996, with Round Up The Usual Suspects (Pullen Music). ...

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Gary Smulyan: High Noon: The Jazz Soul of Frankie Laine

Read "High Noon: The Jazz Soul of Frankie Laine" reviewed by Jim Santella

This tribute album by baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan features his bebop-based nonet pulling inspiration from a 1956 album by pop singer Frankie Laine (1913-2007) and trumpeter Buck Clayton. As Laine's foray into jazz's '50s mainstream, Jazz Spectacular (Columbia) represented a piece of the singer's repertoire not as well-known as his pop music. It allowed him to ...

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Joe Magnarelli: Persistence

Read "Persistence" reviewed by Jim Santella

Trumpeter Joe Magnarelli is a purist who applies natural qualities to his music and eschews gimmicks; his musical conversations can be understood anywhere.

Magnarelli studied with James Moody and Tommy Turrentine, began his professional career with Lionel Hampton and Brother Jack McDuff and was a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition in ...

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Joe Magnarelli: Persistence

Read "Joe Magnarelli: Persistence" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello



Joe Magnarelli

Persistence

Reservoir Music

2008



The stark black and white cover photo of trumpeter Joe Magnarelli peering out at you from the cover of Persistence emits a brooding and a blandness that is light years away from the robust, enjoyable musical experience offered by ...

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Pete Malinverni: Invisible Cities

Read "Invisible Cities" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Pete Malinverni's Invisible Cities:, inspired by the imaginative flights of Italo Calvino's novel of the same name, exists on its own terms and doesn't readily fit into any established jazz style or sensibility. The pianist effectively juxtaposes six of his compositions and four well-known, urban-themed songs. His ballad-oriented tunes, “New Orleans--Cities & Desire," “Salem--Hester Prynne," and ...

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Pete Malinverni: Invisible Cities

Read "Invisible Cities" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

A concept record of sorts, pianist Pete Malinverni was initially inspired to put his Invisible Cities project together after reading the Italian novelist Italo Calvino's book of the same name. Though the CD is full of good jazz improvisation (with a truly wonderful rhythm team of bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Tom Melito), it also seems ...

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Gary Smulyan: More Treasures

Read "More Treasures" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

Perhaps if you asked jazz fans to name a progenitorial baritone saxophonist, they might name Harry Carney or Gerry Mulligan. Yet Gary Smulyan's lineage comes more from musicians like Cecil Payne, Leo Parker, Pepper Adams, Serge Chaloff and Nick Brignola--the few baritonists that dared to master the tricky, chromatic music known as bebop. Indeed, More Treasures ...

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Martin Bejerano: Evolution/Revolution

Read "Evolution/Revolution" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

Time will tell, but this may be one of those debut CDs that people will talk about for decades, one where people ask, “Do you remember when you first heard...? While the opening “Blues Evolution displays enough amazing piano chops to send the most accomplished musicians back to the woodshed, what this recording has is a ...