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John Hart: Standards: Green and Blue

Read "Standards: Green and Blue" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Guitarist John Hart adds vibraphonist Joe Locke for this valuable studio quartet date that's focused primarily on standards, but with a fresh look.

They transform “Lazy Afternoon from a subtle ballad into a snappy mid-tempo post bop vehicle, with lively soloing by the two players. Bassist Bill Moring's sinewy new bass line and a change to ...


Spike Robinson: The CTS Session

Read "The CTS Session" reviewed by Samuel Chell

As a neglected and final recording session by a neglected, largely unknown tenor saxophonist with a remarkable story, The CTS Session, recorded by Spike Robinson in 1998 but released only recently, could easily become the recipient of overly charitable evaluations on the one hand, or abrupt dismissals on the other. It's neither a grand, triumphant goodbye ...


The John Hart Trio: Indivisible

Read "Indivisible" reviewed by John Kelman

It's unfortunate that certain guitarists are so pervasive that others are inevitably assessed in comparison. Play with a certain Midwestern sensibility and warm tone and images of Pat Metheny abound. Add a little distortion and some blue notes and John Scofield is almost sure to be cited. Incorporate some quirky Americana leanings and Bill Frisell will ...


Jessica Williams: The Real Deal

Read "The Real Deal" reviewed by John Kelman

'04 is a banner year for Jessica Williams, with MaxJazz releasing Live at Yoshi's and Hep Jazz issuing The Real Deal , a solo album that Williams recorded live in the comfort of her own home, in the fall of '00. The two records demonstrate just how far Williams has come in the past four years. ...


Jim Mullen: Somewhere in the Hills

Read "Somewhere in the Hills" reviewed by Johnny Wills

Jim Mullen has a storied history. Born 1945 in Glasgow, Scotland, he played guitar and bass in the late '60s and '70s with Pete Brown, Brian Auger, Vinegar Joe and Kokomo, among others. Mullen formed Morrissey Mullen with saxophonist Dick Morrissey on sax around 1975, enjoying a 15-year partnership and becoming one of ...


Gene DiNovi: Souvenir: Gene DiNovi Plays The Music Of Benny Carter

Read "Souvenir: Gene DiNovi Plays The Music Of Benny Carter" reviewed by Mike Neely

Souvenir is an elegant solo piano recording that pays tribute to one of the great jazz composers of our time, Benny Carter. The pianist, Gene DiNovi, has chosen ten of Carter’s compositions, ranging from the 1930s to the 1990s, and has woven each in a subtle tapestry of long, graceful lines. DiNovi’s left hand is one ...


John Hart: Scenes From A Song

Read "Scenes From A Song" reviewed by Bill Donaldson

You can't keep a good guitarist down for long, in spite of the vagaries of the recording industry. John Hart, who has gained attention for his individualistic approach on a series of Blue Note and Concord releases in the past dozen years, has jumped to the HepJazz label, thereby extending his stream of self-assured and musically ...