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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rene Marie: Live At the Jazz Standard

Read "Live At the Jazz Standard" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The biggest surprise perhaps on Rene Marie’s inaugural live recording is the conspicuous absence of her controversial reading of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit" and the traditional “Dixie" in medley from her last MAXJAZZ recording Vertigo (MXJ114, 2001). To Marie’s credit, she does cover her previously covered “How Can I Keep From Singing" (the title of her ...

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B-Sharp Jazz Quartet: Searching for the One

Read "Searching for the One" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Searching for the One was released by the California-based MAMA Foundation (which stands for “Musical Archives, Musical Archives") -- a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting preservation of experimental and “culturally significant" artists who might not otherwise have the opportunity to spread their magic. This record by the B Sharp Jazz Quartet is indeed a quest for ...

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Carla Cook: Simply Natural

Read "Simply Natural" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

A Third by Ms. Cook...

Carla Cook is the first singer on the MAXJAZZ roster to release three discs. Her previous two, It’s All About Love and Dem Bones both received considerable attention upon release. Here, Ms. Cook continues in fine form and under the direction of producer/pianist Bruce Barth. Cyrus Chestnut is again on hand ...

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Carla Cook: Simply Natural

Read "Simply Natural" reviewed by Jim Santella

"Simply Natural." The song's title describes what Carla Cook is all about and what makes her such a thrilling vocalist. She's genuine. Both her scat singing and her lyric interpretations result in a relaxed atmosphere where everyone can sit back and enjoy being a part of it. Accompanists Bruce Barth and Cyrus Chestnut are in fine ...

Carla Cook: Dem Bones

Read "Dem Bones" reviewed by Jim Santella

The title of Carla Cook's latest album refers to the trombone choir she's enlisted to blend with her silky smooth voice. Her natural ability makes this one work. Whether she's scat singing, crooning soft ballads, or spinning acrobatic vocalese, Cook is always on pitch and quite in control. Her expressiveness is what makes her performances special. ...

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Carla Cook: Dem Bones

Read "Dem Bones" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Carla Cook follows up her Grammy-nominated It's all About Love with a slightly funkier fair...but only after some mainstream flirtations.

Carla Cook's 1999 It's All About Love was one of the inaugural releases of the then fledgling MAXJAZZ label. It was honored with a Grammy® nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. It was an eclectic and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Carla Cook: Dem Bones

Read "Dem Bones" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Carla Cook follows up her Grammy-nominated It's all About Love with a slightly funkier fair...but only after some mainstream flirtations.

Carla Cook's 1999 It's All About Love was one of the inaugural releases of the then fledgling MAXJAZZ label. It was honored with a Grammy® nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. It was an eclectic and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joao Paulo & Peter Epstein: Esquina

Read "Esquina" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The two-microphone approach MA Records utilizes in this recording by Portuguese pianist Joao Paulo and American Peter Epstein is reminiscent of the large, lush “ECM sound.” Recorded in the Saint George British Anglican Church in Lisbon, Portugal, this richly acoustical, rather large sound environment is a treat for audiophiles. Where the “ECM sound” sometimes comes under ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Peter Epstein: Almas/Solus

Read "Almas/Solus" reviewed by Mark Corroto

My ‘what I did during summer vacation’ essay would begin simply enough. “I listened to jazz.” I guess you can call what I listen too, ‘jazz.’ But then again, when is jazz not jazz? And can a jazz artist make a non-jazz record? Certainly, ask Miles Davis (sorry), ask Keith Jarrett and Wynton Marsalis, both have ...

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Peter Epstein Quartet: The Invisible

Read "The Invisible" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Saxophonist Peter Epstein changes sound and form as needed for the different lives he leads. In one prior life he sits in a cathedral alone, playing for the gods (see this month’s review of Solus ), in another he wears a Downtown existence in Jerry Granelli’s Badlands. Then there’s his Portuguese folk/jazz (see review of Almas), ...