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Deanna Witkowski: Wide Open Window

Read "Wide Open Window" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

New York-based pianist Deanna Witkowski opens up Wide Open Window with the first of three Cole Porter tunes, a trio workout of "All Through the Night" with enough harmonic liberties to rend the tune nearly unrecognizable; but it's still a lovely, energetic rendition, an up-tempo romp over a flexible rhythm. It's a trio again for "Just ...

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Deanna Witkowski: Wide Open Window

Read "Wide Open Window" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

This is Deanna Witkowski’s second album. Her debut was Having To Ask, and if anything, it proves she has abundant talent as a pianist and as a writer. Witkowski sets her path with an accent on lyricism. Even when she deconstructs the melody, there is a sense of time and space and beauty. Add her sense ...

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Greg Skaff: Blues for Mr. T

Read "Blues for Mr. T" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

This year has seen an organ renaissance. Organ jazz had its genesis in Fred Longshaw, who performed with a reed organ on the 1925 Bessie Smith recording of "St. Louis Blues." Fats Waller was a pipe organ virtuoso. Count Basie introduced the organ into swing music, giving way to Wild Bill Davis, who predicted Jimmy Smith ...

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Dave Stryker and Steve Slagle: The Stryker/Slagle Band

Read "The Stryker/Slagle Band" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Stryker/Slagle Band documents a working group that finally made it into the studio to preserve its unique sound. Dave Stryker and Steve Slagle have been performing together in several contexts since 1986, including performing on each other's recordings. This is the first time the two musicians co-lead a date. Stryker, Slagle, and drummer Tim Horner ...

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The Stryker/Slagle Band: The Stryker/Slagle Band

Read "The Stryker/Slagle Band" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Familiarity breeds attempt. After 17 years and 14 albums playing in other groups, Dave Stryker and Steve Slagle finally got together to lead their own band. It was about time that they did!

The success of an album is often spelt by the empathy between the players. There is no doubt that Slagle and Stryker ...

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The Stryker/Slagle Band: The Stryker/Slagle Band

Read "The Stryker/Slagle Band" reviewed by Elliott Simon

The Stryker/Slagle Band reveals the secret behind producing a crisp first effort with telepathic communication among all parties. That secret, in this case, is to play together for over fifteen years before recording as co-leaders. It also doesn't hurt to have the same rhythm section, in the persons of drummer Tim Horner and bassist Bill Moring, ...

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Greg Skaff: Blues For Mr. T

Read "Blues For Mr. T" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Greg Skaff’s second disc as a leader charts an impressive course between the familiar, agreeable parameters of soul-jazz and a more open ended, blowing-based approach. The guitarist, Hammond B-3 organist Mike LeDonne, and drummer Joe Farnsworth (all of whom frequently play in various bands at Smoke, a club in New York City that serves as a ...

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Greg Skaff: Blues for Mr. T

Read "Blues for Mr. T" reviewed by Elliott Simon

There seems to be an increased appetite among jazz fans of late for the inherent soulful funkiness of a Hammond B3 organ/guitar trio. With Manhattan's club Smoke holding B3 nights each Tuesday, this genre that peaked during the ‘60s and ‘70s is back in a big way. From the first cut on guitarist Greg Skaff's Blues ...

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Pablo Ziegler: Bajo Cero

Read "Bajo Cero" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

"Nuevo Tango" is what Argentinean pianist Pablo Ziegler calls his music. El Profesor Ziegler was the last pianist to perform with the great Astor Piazzolla, joining the master’s quintet from 1978 to 1989. After Piazzolla disbanded the group, Ziegler formed Cuarteto Para El Nuevo Tango, beginning to compose and perform his Nuevo Tango. On Bajo Cero, ...

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Dave Stryker and Steve Slagle: The Stryker/Slagle Band

Read "The Stryker/Slagle Band" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Dave Stryker (guitar) and Steve Slagle (alto, soprano sax) have a long standing musical relationship, and this “debut” album is far from the first time these veteran sidemen have recorded together in the studio. Nor is the rhythm section of Tim Horner (drums) and Bill Morning (bass) a new addition. All these musicians have not only ...