Content by tag "Metro"

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Bill Cunliffe: BACHanalia

Read "BACHanalia" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This is another entry in the durable “jazz meets the classics" subgenre with pianist and bandleader Bill Cunliffe leading a large ensemble through a fun program featuring mostly classical works and familiar standards.

The classical adaptations start off with Johann Sebastian Bach's “Sleepers Awake" played with crisp, muscular drive by the band. Cunliffe and trombonist ...

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Bill Cunliffe: BACHanalia

Read "BACHanalia" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the title denotes, pianist Bill Cunliffe and his ensemble take a swing (literally) at the great Johann Sebastian on BACHanalia, pivoting as well toward the music of C.P.E. Bach, Sergei Prokofiev, Manuel de Falla, Cole Porter, Oscar Levant and Cunliffe himself. In spite of its classical veneer, this is at its core a jazz session, ...

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Eileen Bertsch: Eileen

Read "Eileen" reviewed by Jim Santella

With her program of popular songs and show tunes, Eileen Bertsch brings back memories. They're the songs that we've come to know and to love. Her strong voice, backed by a studio orchestra and strings, forces itself through with a powerful will.

As if acting on stage during a musical drama, the singer projects ...

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Alexis Cuadrado: Metro

Read "Metro" reviewed by David Adler

Bassist Alexis Cuadrado (he’s a guy) leads a quintet on this fine all-original session. Kicking off with “Nit," based on “Night In Tunisia" changes, pianist Pete Rende and guitarist Steve Cardenas trade buoyant 8-bar statements over a dancing 6/8 groove, ultimately yielding the floor to an eloquent solo by Cuadrado himself. Cardenas and alto saxophonist Kris ...

The Cal State Hayward Jazz Ensemble '98-'99: Metro

Read "Metro" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Cal State Hayward Jazz Ensemble has earned many laurels in recent years, but director Dave Eshelman won’t let his bright–eyed students rest long on any of them. Metro, the CSUH ensemble’s most recent album, is a typically challenging amalgam of original compositions by Eshelman and others (including three by the ensemble’s gifted pianist, Ayn Inserto) ...

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North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra: Benny Goodman -- The Swing Collection

Read "Benny Goodman -- The Swing Collection" reviewed by Jack Bowers

During the Swing Era there were two clarinetists who stood above the rest, at least in terms of mass popularity — Artie Shaw and the King of Swing himself, Benny Goodman. Even though Goodman, who organized his first big band in 1934, has been gone for 13 years his popularity has seldom waned, and the music ...

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North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra: Duke Ellington -- A Centennial Collection

Read "Duke Ellington -- A Centennial Collection" reviewed by Jack Bowers

I’ve heard many tributes to Duke Ellington during the centennial year of his birth, but few that were more enjoyable than this impressive survey of his music by the relatively young and almost unknown North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra. It’s too bad that most people outside the Raleigh–Durham–Chapel Hill area, where the orchestra makes its home, ...