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Classical Jazz Quartet: The Complete Recordings

Read "The Complete Recordings" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The names of Johann Sebastian Bach, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff do not necessarily conjure images and sounds of jazz in one's mind, that is until one has listened to recordings by the Classical Jazz Quartet. Although these musicians utilize the same instruments as the Modern Jazz Quartet, they are in no way clones or ...

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Various Artists: Swing Gitan: The Django Reinhardt NY Festival, Live at Birdland 2002

Read "Swing Gitan: The Django Reinhardt NY Festival, Live at Birdland 2002" reviewed by Brian P. Lonergan

From the moment Swing Gitan begins, one wonders how this music, forged in the Hot Club of France seventy years ago, has ever cooled in popularity for even a moment. Recorded at the now-annual Django Reinhardt Festival, live at Birdland in 2002, the music--jangling guitars, pumping accordion, swinging violins, and wailing reeds--is so energetic, exuberant, and ...

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The Classical Jazz Quartet: Plays Bach

Read "Plays Bach" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The New Modern Jazz Quartet... It is hard to not compare this Classical Jazz Quartet to the Modern Jazz Quartet. They both have the same format of outstanding individual superstars, they both have a major leaning toward classical music. Most listeners might not even be surprised or offended if the CJQ popped out “The Cylinder" or ...

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Various Artists: Jazzy Christmas

Read "Jazzy Christmas" reviewed by Jim Santella

Straight-ahead jazz for Christmas. Three veteran Los Angeles-based piano trios and two other, rather unique, ensembles interpret traditional holiday music tastefully. ‘Tis the season. Each ensemble performs two carols. Patrice Rushen, Stanley Clarke and Ngudu Chancler bring an exotic flavor to “We Three Kings." The pianist’s art leaves classic tinges of dissonance in several places for ...

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Classical Jazz Quartet: Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker"

Read "Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker"" reviewed by Jim Santella

Like the Modern Jazz Quartet, the foursome on this new release folds visions of great classical music into a mainstream jazz setting. Tchaikovsky's 1892 ballet has always provided special holiday vibes for the holidays. This year, Bob Belden's musical arrangements have put a new spin on it; still leaving a lot of space for veteran improvisation. ...


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