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Jon Mayer: Live at the Athenaeum

Read "Live at the Athenaeum" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Pianist Jon Mayer has been quietly building his considerable discography over the last 25 years. Live at the Athenaeum joins eight previous releases that include, Full Circle (Reservoir Music, 2002); So Many Stars (Reservoir Music, 2007); Nightscape (Reservoir Music, 2009); and The Art of the Ballad (UDJ, 2014). These releases more than solidify Mayer's bona fides ...

Joe Diorio Trio: Joe Diorio Trio: Live

Read "Joe Diorio Trio: Live" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Guitarist Joe Diorio is one of those excellent jazz musicians who, regrettably, seem permanently assigned to the “artists deserving wider recognition" category. Performing for more than 30 years, Diorio has worked and/or recorded with some of jazz's more outstanding performers, including Sonny Stitt, Eddie Harris and Bill Henderson. He also has produced a full discography of ...

Jackie Ryan: For Heaven's Sake

Read "For Heaven's Sake" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For heaven’s sake! After reading Jim Merod’s laudatory liner notes to Jackie Ryan’s CD, I thought to myself that she’d have to be one helluva singer to live up to that kind of praise. Well, when all is said and done and the smoke has cleared, she is — at least, she’s close enough to make ...

Nancy Marano: Sure Thing

Read "Sure Thing" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Nancy Marano taps the best of both West and East players for her latest album. The West Coast contingent is led by the inestimable and undervalued Mile Melvoin. For the session 3,000 miles to the East, another under recognized pianist, Michael Abene takes the lead. Marano takes is on piano for two of the tunes.

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Jackie Ryan: For Heaven's Sake

Read "For Heaven's Sake" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Jackie Ryan is another of those fine singers who enliven the San Francisco jazz scene these days. Although the Bay City is her home base, she has performed in jazz venues throughout the world including one of the most famous, Ronnie Scott's London jazz club.

Jim Merod's BluePort label - - a label very active in ...

Various: BluePort Jazz Sampler

Read "BluePort Jazz Sampler" reviewed by Dave Nathan

This release hawks the virtues of the Blue Port label's first eight releases by whetting the appetite with samples from each of the albums. Featuring a stable of fine jazz musicians, mostly from the West Coast, all of whom offer absorbing and fresh renditions of mostly standard material, this CD allows the jazz fan to become ...