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Deborah Winters: Lovers After All

Read "Lovers After All" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

In his entertaining and impeccably researched book, Sessions with Sinatra (Chicago Review Press, 2004), author Charles Granata details the intricate in-studio mechanics and all-important chemistry behind some of the greatest recorded vocal performances of our time. The unique balance of Frank Sinatra's talent, sophisticated arrangements, great tunes and phenomenal musicians made those recordings classics.

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Deborah Winters: Lovers After All

Read "Lovers After All" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Placing vocalists under a specific, descriptive heading can be limiting in some ways, but it also shines a light on their greatest strengths. Singer Joe Williams--of Count Basie fame--resented being labeled as a “blues singer," since he possessed great range and felt that this tag had suggestions of racism behind it; few would argue, however, that ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchesta / Vaughn Wiester / Chie Imaizumi

Read "Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchesta / Vaughn Wiester / Chie Imaizumi" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Buselli--Wallarab Jazz Orchestra

Mezzanine

Owl Studios

2010

After veering slightly off-course recently with several albums devoted in part to backing singers, the outstanding Indianapolis-based Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra is back in a more pleasing instrumental groove on Mezzanine, profiling the compositions and arrangements of co-leader / trombonist Brent Wallarab. The first ...

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Peter Welker: Duke, Billy and Tadd

Read "Duke, Billy and Tadd" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Trumpeter Peter Welker's labor of love, a warmhearted tribute to three of the jazz world's most renowned composer/pianists--Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Tadd Dameron--awakened memories of a similar enterprise from some years ago, the late Tom Talbert's 1956 record Bix, Duke, Fats. Like Talbert, Welker uses a pared-down “big band whose numbers range from ten to ...

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Peter Welker: Paradise Is Awfully Nice

Read "Paradise Is Awfully Nice" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Trumpeter / arranger Peter Welker has dedicated this album to his mother, Elisabeth, a remarkable woman who, in spite of having been born blind, became a band singer who performed on the coast–to–coast radio program Camel Caravan in the ’30s, later taught at the Berklee School of Music and developed a Braille course that changed completely ...

Peter Welker - - And Friends: Paradise Is Awfully Nice

Read "Paradise Is Awfully Nice" reviewed by Dave Nathan

New York native but San Francisco immigrant, trumpeter {$Peter Welker} is not exactly a household name. Although lacking deserved recognition, he has compiled an impressive resume as a sideman working with performers cutting across a wide swath of styles including Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Bob Dylan and Bread and Roses. On his second excursion as a ...

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Peter Welker: We'll Be Together Again

Read "We'll Be Together Again" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Eight beauteous songs lovingly embraced by veteran San Francisco Bay area trumpeter Peter Welker with help from a number of his friends. If Welker’s name weren’t above the marquee one would be hard–pressed to identify him as the foreman; everyone on this assembly line makes an essential contribution, Welker no more than anyone else. Trumpeter Herb ...

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Peter Welker: We'll Be Together Again

Read "We'll Be Together Again" reviewed by Paula Edelstein

Jazz with a conscience is the best description for Peter Welker’s debut on Brownstone Recordings. WE’LL BE TOGETHER AGAIN is a collection of mainstream jazz classics first recorded in the 20s and 30s, with Peter Welker providing a conscientious rework and more than enough breathing room for their cool, soulful comeback. The Berklee trained and famed ...