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Josee Koning: Dois Mundos - Two Worlds

Read "Dois Mundos - Two Worlds" reviewed by William Grim

Dutch singer Josee Koning is not very well known in the United States, but she is definitely in the deserving of greater recognition category. She is a specialist in Brazilian bossa nova and MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira), and she sings in Portuguese like a native Brazilian. In fact, her excellent website, www.joseekoning.com , is available in ...

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Donna Byrne: Licensed to Thrill

Read "Licensed to Thrill" reviewed by Ed Felper

Any recording titled Licensed to Thrill sets up a certain expectation. Unfortunately, the latest CD from the Boston-based vocalist rarely lives up to its promise. Byrne delivers a solid, competent set of pop and jazz standards, but her thin, reedy voice isn't particularly distinctive or compelling, much less thrilling. What sparkles are the nuanced, textured arrangements ...

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The UMO Jazz Orchestra: One More Time

Read "One More Time" reviewed by Jack Bowers

What can one say when the composer is widely acclaimed, the orchestra world–class, and the music (in his opinion) well–written and arranged but singularly unexciting? Well, he could begin by noting that One More Time, the UMO Jazz Orchestra’s collaboration with composer / trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and vocalist Norma Winstone, is far better than its earlier ...

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The Millennium Jazz Orchestra: Triangular

Read "Triangular" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Millennium Jazz Orchestra, which until last year was the Big Barchem Band, proves on its third recording (and second for A–Records) that a world–class ensemble by any other name swings as lustily and as often, thanks to bracing charts by conductor Joan Reinders, a welcome appearance on five selections by guest artist Philip Catherine, and ...

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Hendrik Meurkens: New York Nights

Read "New York Nights" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

At the age of forty-four, Hendrik Meurkens really has no peers on the American jazz scene, with the possible exception of one. You see, Meurkens plays harmonica and the only other gentleman to make a name for himself in jazz with that instrument would be the ubiquitous Toots Thielmans. Born in Germany to Dutch parents, Meurkens' ...

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Hendrik Meurkens: New York Nights

Read "New York Nights" reviewed by Jim Santella

What is it about jazz harmonica that makes you feel so good inside? Carrying this straight-ahead, New York themed program as featured melody maker, Hendrik Meurkens warms the heart with his lyrical exposition. Maybe it's the primitive nature of the instrument. Most cultures have instruments similar to Meurkens' chosen medium somewhere, back in their earliest historical ...

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The Big Barchem Band: Magnifying-Glass

Read "Magnifying-Glass" reviewed by Jack Bowers

About the last place one might think to look for an ultra–hip, ultra–swinging and inclusively modern big band is the Netherlands, but there — word of honor — is where one may readily find exactly that, namely the awesomely talented Big Barchem Band under Joan Reinders’ unerring baton. The Barchem ensemble, which released its first CD, ...

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Jim Ferguson: Deep Summer Music

Read "Deep Summer Music" reviewed by Jim Santella

Which season of the year is the most romantic?

Jim Ferguson sings of the romance that exists for all seasons. For his latest album he's selected a program of songs that dig deep; they tug at your heartstrings. Samples may be found at his web site . The session includes standards from Matt Dennis, Rodgers & ...

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Jean-Michel Pilc Trio: Live At Sweet Basil, Vol. 1

Read "Live At Sweet Basil, Vol. 1" reviewed by AAJ Staff

While pianist Jean-Michel Pilc may not be taking the jazz world by storm in terms of public recognition, he certainly takes an audience by storm during live performances.

With the release of “Live At Sweet Basil, Vol. 1", and with the upcoming release in November of “Vol. 2", Pilc's fortunes certainly will change. He's a ...

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Marlene Ver Planck: My Impetuous Heart

Read "My Impetuous Heart" reviewed by Dave Nathan

She's come a long, long way from the time she set commercials on end by singing those three words which set the jingle world on its ear, “mmm-mmm-good", kicking off a commercial idolization of Campbell's Soups. My Impetuous Heart, her 16th album and first for DRG, makes manifest that the voice is as light, as lilting, ...