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Jim Widner Big Band: And the Beat Goes On

Read "And the Beat Goes On" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Bassist Jim Widner formed his band in 1987 to carry on the legacy of summer jazz camps established by bandleader Stan Kenton in the early '60s. Since then the band has added touring and recording to its resume; And the Beat Goes On, the ensemble's sixth CD for the Chase Music Group, was recorded in June ...

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Doug Munro: Big Boss Bossa Nova 2.0

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Doug Munro's sixth CD for Chase Music Group is a return to a traditional bossa nova trio, dropping the keyboards or sax utilized on most of his earlier projects. He is joined by bassist Michael Goetz, with Jason Devlin and Jason Anderson sharing the drum chair, all who primarily play supporting roles.

The guitarist ...

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Doug Munro: Big Boss Bossa Nova 2.0

Read "Big Boss Bossa Nova 2.0" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il chitarrista americano Doug Munro ci offre una sorta di secondo capitolo dell'avventura iniziata con Big Band Bossa Nova alcuni anni or sono. In questo caso si rimane strettamente aderenti alla formula del trio con il bassista Michael Goetz sempre pronto a fornire il necessario supporto e i batteristi Jason Devlin e Jason Anderson pronti ad alternarsi ai ...

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Doug Munro: Big Boss Bossa Nova 2.0

Read "Big Boss Bossa Nova 2.0" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran jazz guitarist Doug Munro presents an encore performance to his critically acclaimed Big Boss Bossa Nova (Self Published, 2004), recording another monster of an album with Big Boss Bossa Nova 2.0. With four originals and a select repertoire of uncommon standards, BBBN2.0 is a more bare bones session than the more highly orchestrated BBBN, done ...

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The Jim Widner Big Band: Out of This World

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Bassist Jim Widner, who set the bar incredibly high on his earlier albums as leader of the Jim Widner Big Band (there have been four), clears it handily again on Out of This World, whose name graphically underscores the ensemble's impressive strength and solidarity as well as the album's abundance of superlative charts and hair-raising solos. ...

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Lou Marini & the Magic City Jazz Orchestra: Lou's Blues

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Lou's Blues, an exercise in ultra-modern composing, arranging and blowing by Lou Marini Jr. and the Magic City Jazz Orchestra, may bring a smile to the face of many big-band enthusiasts and leave others shaking their heads in bewilderment. It depends on one's point of view. Marini, whose influences include blues, rock and free jazz as ...

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The Jim Widner Big Band: Flying High...

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Something was bothering me as I listened to “Juba,” the adrenalizing opening track on the fourth and most recent album by bassist Jim Widner’s world-class big band. It was Phil DeGreg’s piano. Not the comping—Phil’s too capable for that—but the piano itself, unusually clanky and far too prominent in the mix. Rather than chaperoning quietly in ...

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Charlie Shoemake Trios & Quartets: Vibes Master

Read "Vibes Master" reviewed by J. Robert Bragonier

asked to name favorite vibraphone players—and I am as guilty as anyone here— Charlie Shoemake’s name is mentioned all too infrequently. For more than 45 years, Shoemake has made his home on the West Coast, and word of his abilities seems never to have made it all the way to New York. An artist who eschews ...

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Julie Kelly: Into The Light

Read "Into The Light" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Julie Kelly records all too infrequently. When a new album comes out, it is well worth looking forward to. She has not disappointed over the course of five records that have taken in jazz standards and new tunes with a sure-fire disposition that profiles a singer with heart.

Over the course of her long career Kelly ...

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The Charlie Shoemake Trios: Lands End

Read "Lands End" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Talk about your talents deserving wider recognition. Vibraphonist Charlie Shoemake, now in his 60s, has been making beautiful music for more than forty–five years but is almost unknown (except to musicians) beyond his home base in southern California. Perhaps this splendid bop–based album may help change that. Shoemake, a first–call studio musician on the Hollywood / ...