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Joanne Brackeen: Popsicle Illusion

Read "Popsicle Illusion" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Joanne Brackeen is an original, that's for sure. And a very talented original, needless to say. Seeming to go her own way in the inspirations for her music, she also goes her own way during a performance. It's as if she sets out with a foundation for a tune, and then anything goes as she builds ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joanne Brackeen: Popsicle Illusion

Read "Popsicle Illusion" reviewed by David Adler

This virtuosic solo piano outing by Joanne Brackeen gives Chick Corea’s year 2000 solo series a run for its money. It’s also quite a departure from the busier sound of 1999’s Pink Elephant Magic. But like her previous record, Popsicle Illusion is packed with Brackeen’s characteristic exuberance, sophistication, and diverse stylistic command.

Beginning with a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joanne Brackeen: Popsicle Illusion

Read "Popsicle Illusion" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Joanne Brackeen is an original, that's for sure. And a very talented original, needless to say. Seeming to go her own way in the inspirations for her music, she also goes her own way during a performance. It's as if she sets out with a foundation for a tune, and then anything goes as she builds ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joanne Brackeen: Popsicle Illusion

Read "Popsicle Illusion" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Pianist Joanne Brackeen’s Grammy nominated release; “Pink Elephant Magic” easily ranks as one of the top releases of 1999. With her follow up, titled Popsicle illusion - Ms. Brackeen embarks on a solo piano recital that features a series of originals and time honored standards as the jazz public receives yet another extraordinary glimpse of this ...

JoAnne Brackeen: Pink Elephant Magic

Read "Pink Elephant Magic" reviewed by Jim Santella

From the march tempo and hard bop power of “Pink Elephant Magic" to the drifting ballad waltz time of “Filene’s," JoAnne Brackeen’s latest album covers a lot of territory. The pianist’s seven compositions, coupled with three familiar pieces, provide variety and result in a well-rounded set. Bret Primack’s informative liner notes are available on the ‘net ...

Joanne Brackeen: Pink Elephant Magic

Read "Pink Elephant Magic" reviewed by Jack Bowers

This new recording showcases not one but two of Joanne Brackeen’s conspicuous talents, and is uplifted not only by her exemplary keyboard work but her persuasive writing as well. Brackeen, now some 30 years removed from her early service with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, writes with clear images in mind, and the results can be observed ...

Joanne Brackeen: Pink Elephant Magic

Read "Pink Elephant Magic" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

One of the great pianist’s and unsung heroes in Modern Jazz returns in incendiary and dynamic fashion. Joanne Brackeen’s Pink Elephant Magic is stunning, articulate and easily one of the premier jazz recordings of 1999.

The title track and opener, “Pink Elephant Magic” is simply an outstanding composition! The complex and seemingly difficult to perform arrangement ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joanne Brackeen: Pink Elephant Magic

Read "Pink Elephant Magic" reviewed by Bob Margolis

A Master pianist other than a Flanagan, or a Peterson, is faced with the daunting task of recording something that separates them but allows for their brilliance to shine through. The subject of this piece has consistently been able to do this, primarily using vehicles other than the trio or solo format. Putting together perhaps her ...