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Lisa Rich

“… the complaint has often been lodged that no young jazz singers are coming up to take over from the Fitzgeralds and Vaughans. Every once in a while a singer such as Lisa Rich will come along and give the lie to this theory." - Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times The music of vocalist Lisa Rich combines the warmth of yesterday's standards with the harmonic freedom of today. " I want to reach a whole spectrum of listeners," Lisa says, and she has done just that. Her first record, "Listen Here," reached the national airplay charts at No. 15, and was recommended by both Billboard and Downbeat magazines

CTI on BGO, Part 2

Read "CTI on BGO, Part 2" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

2018 proved to be a very good year for reissues of CTI-albums on the British label, BGO. They stepped up with an abundance of albums from the likes of guitarist Jim Hall, saxophonist Stanley Turrentine and flautist Hubert Laws (you can read about them here). So far, 2019 also looks promising and kicks off with releases ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ralph Peterson's GenNext Big Band: I Remember Bu

Read "I Remember Bu" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In 1983, Art Blakey invited fellow timekeeper Ralph Peterson to perform with Blakey's two-drummer big band at the Boston Globe Jazz Festival. It was a life-changing experience for Peterson, whose debut album with his Boston-based GenNext Big Band, I Remember Bu, honors Blakey's memory (the late drummer's Muslim name was Abdullah ibn Buhaina, and he was ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Alan Broadbent: Intimate Reflections on a Passion for Jazz

Read "Alan Broadbent: Intimate Reflections on a Passion for Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Pianist, composer, and arranger Alan Broadbent doesn't just “dig" jazz. He has a deep and enduring passion for it. Growing up in mid- 20th-century New Zealand, he quickly went beyond piano lessons to reading musical scores and learning jazz standards. Then, when the Dave Brubeck Quartet came to his relatively isolated hometown of Auckland, his love ...

Brent Fischer

C Artists Presents Brent Fischer + The Clare Fischer ... Trio, Quartet, Organ Quintet, Big Band, Latin Jazz Group, Jazz Corp, Fischer Orchestra All original works by Clare and Brent Fischer Celebrating 50+ years of Live MUSIC + Recordings - 58 albums Grammy®-winning producer, composer, arranger Brent Fischer credits his late father, Dr Clare Fischer, for creating a family tradition of writing with a rich harmonic and orchestrational palette that has become the Fischer brand. A multi-instrumentalist (vibes, keys, bass, drums), Brent Fischer moves easily between genres. His arranging credits for pop and jazz royalty include: D’Angelo, Prince, Michael Jackson, Usher, Al Jarreau, Elvis Costello and The Roots

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Simon Pilbrow with the Brent Fischer Orchestra: Colours of Sound

Read "Colours of Sound" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Given the unusual circumstances behind its inception, the album Colours of Sound probably never should have made it to a recording studio. The fact that it did is a happenstance for which every big-band lover and jazz enthusiast should be thankful. The odyssey began in 2011 when Australian composer / pianist Simon Pilbrow wrote a letter ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival "Big Band Spectacular" 2017, Part 1-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival "Big Band Spectacular" 2017, Part 1-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival Big Band Spectacular
LAX Westin Hotel
Los Angeles, CA
May 24-28, 2017

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Organised by Ken Poston, head of the Los Angeles Jazz Institute (LAJI), and advertised as the “Largest Big ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

The Fourth Of July, 2017

The Fourth Of July, 2017

It is always a challenge to decide how Rifftides should celebrate the anniversary of the independence of The United States Of America. In 2017, we are observing it with pieces by artists whose careers began on the west coast of the US before their names and their music became familiar around the world. Both works are short traditional ...

Five Women V – Kathleen Potton, Ariel Pocock, Christina Morrison, Michelle Bradley, Donna E. Scott, Kellye Gray

Read "Five Women V – Kathleen Potton, Ariel Pocock, Christina Morrison, Michelle Bradley, Donna E. Scott, Kellye Gray" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

There is no end to very good jazz vocals.

Kathleen Potton
Nero
Self Produced
2017

Australian-born singer/songwriter Kathleen Potton's debut recording Nero is a sly nod in the direction of female singer/songwriters who came before. The title refers to the Laura Nyro ("Eli's Coming," Stoned Soul Picnic") and the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band: Intenso!

Read "Intenso!" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il pianista, compositore e arrangiatore Clare Fischer scomparso nel 2012, resta uno dei grandi sottovalutati del jazz e questo splendido disco, prodotto dal figlio Brent, ce lo ricorda.

Il suo multiforme talento espresso nel mondo della musica latina e nel pop, lo ha portatto a undici Grammy Nominations (con due vittorie postume) ma ...