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Sharel Cassity: Manhattan Romance

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Since she relocated to New York City in 1999, the steadily building career of this Oklahoma native includes a Bachelor's from the New School and a Master's at Juilliard. Sharel Cassity studied under a number of renowned saxophonists and recorded two CDs. The second, Relentless (Jazz Legacy, 2009), received a 4-star review in Downbeat, whose Critics ...

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Paula West: Live at Jazz Standard

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Devotees of superior jazz vocalists have several reasons to rejoice about this fourth CD by the highly respected San Francisco-based Paula West. First and foremost, the recording is simply a true knockout; but the rejoicing is also because, despite rave audiences and reviews for over a decade, this is West's first release since the impressively executed ...

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Marty Phillips Quartet: Somewhere in Time

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The smooth, engaging medium-tempo opener ("It Could Happen to You ) of this impressive CD immediately prompts a string of questions. Just who is Marty Phillips? Why was I just hearing of him? Which of the legendary baritones, including Billy Eckstine, Johnny Hartman, Arthur Prysock, is he most reminiscent of?

Subsequent investigation reveals a 50-something singer/pianist ...

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Rebecca Parris: You Don't Know Me

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How does a singer ensure that there's sufficient variety on a fifteen-song record that the attention of even a passionate jazz vocal fan doesn't wander? You Don't Know Me, the tenth recording that Rebecca Parris has appeared on, represents yet another successful response by the revered Boston-area vocalist to this challenge.

The album features two powerfully ...

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Barbara Lea: Black Butterfly

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Vocalist Barbara Lea has enjoyed a substantial and respected career presenting lesser-known gems from the complementary and overlapping worlds of the Great American Songbook and jazz. More knowledgeable observers than the general music public, which to this day generally remains sadly unaware of her talents, anticipated this success by choosing her as Best New Singer in ...

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Ella Fitzgerald Live in '57 and '63

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Ella Fitzgerald
LIVE in '57 and '63
Jazz Icons
2006



Ella Fitzgerald--Live in '57 and '63 is one of nine initial DVDs in record company Jazz Icons' series of previously unreleased concerts. All are primarily from the 1950s and '60s and feature, in addition to Fitzgerald, legends such ...

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Sonny and Perley: Let It Happen

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A major test of any new recording is whether it avoids a “been there, done that" sound. Sonny and Perley's third release, Let It Happen, consistently escapes this trap, with three numbers ("Estate," “Scarborough Fair" and “Hymne l'Amour") particularly illustrating this fact.

This husband-wife team has long been both impressive and popular as performers of Brazilian ...

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Francesca Tanksley: Journey

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Pianist Francesca Tanksley has long captured the respect of musicians and audiences not only in the United States, but also worldwide, as an integral member for many years of the dynamic quintet of saxophonist Billy Harper.

Her career has expanded to include more of her own trio work, with stirring live appearances as well ...

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Teri Roiger: Misterioso

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Phrases such as “different", “interesting" and “ultra hip" in a review often reflects a less than a positive assessment. However, vocalist Teri Roiger's Misterioso, simply travels a uniquely compelling road than most conventional jazz vocal recordings.

The absence of a piano allows a distinctive framework of masterful support and interaction by her husband John Menegon on ...

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Linda Ciofalo: Take The High Road

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Timbre, taste and time are three admittedly subjective considerations that resonate most with this listener, with respect to Jazz vocalists.

With Take The High Road, New York based Linda Ciofalo's sparkling clarity of tone, sensitive interpretation of lyrics and consistent ability to swing effortlessly, represent positive examples of these traits.

“You Do Something To Me", a ...