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Kevin Mahogany: Kevin Mahogany Big Band

Read "Kevin Mahogany Big Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Kevin Mahogany, the Kansas City cyclone, would sound terrific singing in the shower or standing on his head. The presence of a big band (actually four) on nine of the ten selections on his newest album is merely icing on the cake. No, this isn't actually “the Kevin Mahogany Big Band, but the four bands represented ...

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Brian Bromberg: You Know That Feeling

Read "You Know That Feeling" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Few are the bass players whom the average music fan can name. There are simply not that many who stand out as more than a member of rhythm section, however tight. Paul McCartney. Sting. Bootsy Collins. Tony Levin. Gene Simmons. These may be the greater part of a list which is, for most, a count no ...

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Jazz Is Dead: Great Sky River

Read "Great Sky River" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

One of America's hottest jam bands continues to mine the bottomless repertoire of the Grateful Dead. On their third album, Jazz Is Dead breathes new life into classics that Deadheads haven't ever gotten enough of. The intuition between guitarist Jimmy Herring (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends), bassist Alphonso Johnson (Miles Davis, ...

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BeatleJazz: Another Bite Of The Apple

Read "Another Bite Of The Apple" reviewed by Jim Santella

Most nightclub trios don't take requests. Those that do, however, probably know each of these songs inside and out. Many of us grew up with 'em. They're beautiful songs that take us somewhere special every time we hear them. BeatleJazz laces each familiar tune with new spices. It's the kind of swinging improvisation that comes out ...

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Dixie Dregs: California Screamin'

Read "California Screamin'" reviewed by Dave Hughes

The Dixie Dregs (also called simply “the Dregs") produced muscular southern rock/fusion during the late seventies and early eighties. They reunited briefly in the early nineties, and reunited again in August, 1999, for a series of concerts at Los Angeles' famed Roxy Theater. The best performances from these hot nights have now been released on California ...

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Vince Mendoza: Epiphany

Read "Epiphany" reviewed by Dave Hughes

Vince Mendoza is a highly creative and cerebral composer and arranger. Epiphany represents perhaps his most ambitious work to date, a full symphonic program with jazz soloists. The program works the classical to jazz spectrum thoroughly, although most of the emphasis is on modern classical; the suite never quite lets loose on a full jazz romp. ...

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Didier Malherbe and Loy Ehrlich: Hadouk

Read "Hadouk" reviewed by Dave Hughes

Didier Malherbe and Loy Ehrlich's Hadouk is a CD that should have appeal for those into the “world music" scene. Malherbe and Ehrlich employ a wide range of wind and percussion instruments, plus occasional stringed instruments, from eastern Europe and Africa in an engaging set of earthy yet intricate tunes. There's little jazz here, in the ...

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Jazz is Dead: Laughing Water

Read "Laughing Water" reviewed by Dave Hughes

On their sophomore release, Laughing Water, Jazz is Dead continues their mission of presenting the catalog of the Grateful Dead in sort of a country-rock context, with occasional classical, gospel, and jazz flavoring. It's unpretentious, infectious jamming by musicians with virtuoso chops to burn. The exuberant “Let Me Sing Your Blues Away" (not a vocal) alternates ...

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Victor Bailey: Low Blow

Read "Low Blow" reviewed by Dave Hughes

On his first solo release in ten years, Low Blow, bassist Victor Bailey, alumnus of Weather Report and Steps Ahead and currently bassist for the Zawinul Syndicate, reinforces his standing among the bass elite. Bailey liberates the electric bass from its traditional background role as the harmonic and rhythmic foundation of a band and demonstrates its ...

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Rhythm Logic: Rhythm Logic

Read "Rhythm Logic" reviewed by Dave Hughes

Rhythm Logic is a rather typical guitar-keyboards-bass-drums contemporary ensemble, presenting a likable, if not remarkable, program of adult contemporary fare. Eight of the ten tunes on their self-titled debut are originals, the remaining two are well-known covers: Earth, Wind & Fire's “Fantasy" and Donald Fagen's “I.G.Y." (from his solo album Nightfly). The covers were included, I ...