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Arianna Neikrug

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Arianna is a jazz/pop vocalist, songwriter, arranger, and recent Concord Music Group recording artist currently stationed in New York City. She graduated with a bachelor of music degree in Studio Music and Jazz (vocal) performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in May of 2015. Arianna has already made her mark in the jazz world. She was the winner of the 2015 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition (the "Sassy" Awards) and has shared the stage with various artists including Steve Miller, Alice Cooper, Kenny Burrell, Neil Young, Al Jarreau, Mindy Abair, James Moody, George Benson, Karrin Allyson, Gretchen Parlato, and Roseanna Vitro

Boz Scaggs: Out Of The Blues

Read "Out Of The Blues" reviewed by Doug Collette

It's been quite a while since Boz Scaggs' massive commercial breakthrough with Silk Degrees (Columbia, 1976), but even longer since he debuted as a solo artist, upon his departure from The Steve Miller Band, with his eponymous (domestic) debut album. Permeated with a soulful sense of the blues---even apart from the late Duane Allman's now-famous incendiary ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Takuya Kuroda: Zigzagger

Read "Zigzagger" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

L'hanno chiamato il nuovo profeta dell'afrobeat, trovando nelle sue origini nipponiche motivo di stupore per un linguaggio e un feel completamente assorbiti e rielaborati in uno stile personale ma ben riconducibile a un filone ormai dalla lunga storia. Il trombettista Takuya Kuroda con Zigzagger, pubblicato dalla Concord Records, arriva al suo quinto disco confermando e ingigantendo ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jonny Lang: Signs

Read "Signs" reviewed by Doug Collette

The weathered voice recounting life's travails on the opening track of Signs, “Make It Move," is in marked contrast to the boyish countenance of Jonny Lang as pictured on the cover of the album. The distortion on his electric guitar, however, suits the chain-gang song likes of that number, even as it leads directly into the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Pizzarelli: Sinatra & Jobim @ 50

Read "Sinatra & Jobim @ 50" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The year 1967...the “Summer of Love," the Monterey Pop Festival, the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely-Hearts Club Band, Their Satanic Majesties Request, and Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits. At the other end of the popular music spectrum, the beautifully square end, was the release of Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim (Reprise), the recording that, with ...

Jazz/Concord

Read "Jazz/Concord" reviewed by Mark Barnett

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CD capsule

Two masters of the jazz guitar in a wonderful give-and-take session, listening to each other as they play and playing as one. The emotion is contagious, the ...

Eliane Elias: Dance of Time

Read "Dance of Time" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Two years ago, Eliane Elias released Made In Brazil (Concord, 2015) and all it did was win the 2016 Grammy for Best Latin Album. It's a great album and with Dance of Time, Elias hasn't repeated a successful formula; she's perfected it. This is an opulent recording, rich in its authenticity and lavish in its glorious ...

The Musician

Read "The Musician" reviewed by John Kelman

As people age, it's not uncommon to commemorate birthday milestones--specifically, those marking the passing of decades--with special celebrations, ranging from parties to vacations. In most cases, however, these festivities are private events, restricted to family and friends.

Not Chick Corea.

When this renowned pianist/keyboardist, composer, bandleader and guest participant in countless projects ...

Chick Corea: The Musician

Read "The Musician" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Nel 2011 Chick Corea ha festeggiato il suo settantesimo compleanno con una serie di concerti al Blue Note di New York, andati avanti per due mesi, con nuove e storiche formazioni della sua carriera. Un totale di dieci band--con la presenza, tra gli altri, di Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Bobby McFerrin, John Patitucci, Gary Burton, Wynton ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ashleigh Smith: Sunkissed

Read "Sunkissed" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Summer 2016 was hot, sticky and not a lot of fun. Many big name Hollywood blockbusters tanked. The presidential election has been a long slog. Television ratings for the Summer Olympics were off and every time you turned on the TV there were plenty of reasons to turn it back off.

Then along came ...