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John Kelman's Best Releases of 2019

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by John Kelman

Well, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome continues to be a challenge, as it has been since mid-2014. 2019 represents, in fact, the worst year when it comes to the actual number of articles written. Still, I've been finding an increasingly satisfying niche in the arena of in-depth, detailed and extensive/exhaustive (exhausting, for you as much as I!!) articles. ...

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Mike Stern - Jeff Lorber Fusion: Eleven

Read "Eleven" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Eleven is a record co-led by fusion giants Mike Stern and Jeff Lorber. It features ten songs (Stern laughingly stated that he never was very good at math) which are a mix of originals and reworked vintage. Stern was also quoted as saying that he and Lorber are from “different orbits." One thing they do have ...

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Jazzmeia Horn: Love & Liberation

Read "Love & Liberation" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's a big step for any singer, the move from interpreter of jazz standards to songwriter. And when you've been Grammy-nominated for a debut album of covers, as Jazzmeia Horn was with A Social Call (Prestige, 2017), the temptation must be to carry on in the same vein. Horn, however, clearly has greater ambition, as the ...

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Eliane Elias: Love Stories

Read "Love Stories" reviewed by Jim Worsley

A Grammy-winning Brazilian pianist and songstress with a sultry voice, impeccable phrasing, and romantic flair chooses to take on the many feelings and emotions of love for her next record. That would seem like a natural fit. To say that this is in the wheelhouse of Eliane Elias is to be the master of the obvious. ...

The Rarest of Ivories: Fred Hersch, Joey Alexander, Eliane Elias and Renee Rosnes

Read "The Rarest of Ivories: Fred Hersch, Joey Alexander, Eliane Elias and Renee Rosnes" reviewed by Doug Collette

One of jazz music's most durable and venerated instrumental formats, the piano-led ensemble, trio and otherwise, has proven flexible beyond its surface simplicity, particularly in the hands of ingenious musicians like Fred Hersch, Joey Alexander, Eliane Elias and Renee Rosnes. Such composers/players, along with their esteemed accompanists, have optimal opportunity to bring their intrinsic creativity to ...

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Jon Irabagon - Mike Pride - Mick Barr: I Don't Hear Nothin' But the Blues Volume 2: Appalachian Haze

Read "I Don't Hear Nothin' But the Blues Volume 2: Appalachian Haze" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Ci ha preso gusto Jon Irabagon. E quella che fino a ieri dava l'impressione di essere una deviazione dalla strada maestra, un uno-due irripetibile destinato, fatalmente e fisiologicamente, a non avere seguito, al terzo rilancio acquisisce un diverso spessore. Il filone dedicato alle imprese titaniche si era aperto nel 2009 con I Don't Hear Nothin' But ...

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Keely Smith: Keely Sings Sinatra

Read "Keely Sings Sinatra" reviewed by Mathew Bahl

For vocal tribute albums to amount to more than a collection of standards, there should be either strong stylistic connections between artists (Dee Dee Bridgewater’s Dear Ella ) or strong personal ties (Carol Sloane’s The Songs Carmen Sang ). Keely Sings Sinatra has both. Keely Smith and Frank Sinatra shared a longstanding professional relationship as well ...

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Keely Smith: Keely Sings Sinatra

Read "Keely Sings Sinatra" reviewed by Jim Santella

Keely Smith sounds better than ever. Her comeback has proven that. Surrounded by a lush studio orchestra that includes L.A. big band regulars, the singer creates a lovely tribute to Frank Sinatra. It was recorded before he passed, and Sinatra was able to listen to an early release. He liked it too. Smith and Sinatra have ...

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Rosemary Clooney: Brazil

Read "Brazil" reviewed by Dave Nathan

P>Never during her more than 50 years of performing has Rosemary Clooney sounded better than on her latest album for Concord Jazz. Long occupying a top rung on the vocalist ladder, it wasn't until she escaped from the clutches of shlock music king, Mitch Miller, at Columbia Records and signed with Concord Jazz that her prodigious ...

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Rosemary Clooney: Brazil

Read "Brazil" reviewed by Jim Santella

Like her songbook albums representing Harold Arlen, Jimmy Van Heusen, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein, classy Rosemary Clooney’s latest release is dedicated in part to a writer of beautiful songs: Antonio Carlos Jobim. Her presentation, surrounded by an outstanding supporting cast, remains mellow, natural, and all acoustic. Tempos, ...


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