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Tomo: I'll Always Know

Read "I'll Always Know" reviewed by Edward Blanco

West Coast composer Reed Kotler describes himself as a project-oriented songwriter with one burning ambition, to have his music heard! This led to the creation of his own label (Tori Records) to facilitate various groups in performing his music. Kotler even came up with the idea of forming a quintet to record his charts and gave ...

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Bill Cunliffe: Imaginacion

Read "Imaginacion" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Grammy-nominated pianist Bill Cunliffe loves a good melody. He's recorded a couple of sets of Reed Kotler's beautifully lyrical tunes, most recently Tomo (Torii, '05). With his latest offering, Imaginacion, the pianist/arranger wraps some melodies--his own and a few classics--in a strong Latin vibe.

The expanded lineup, featuring two trombones, two trumpets, and a reed ...

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Bill Cunliffe: Tomo

Read "Tomo" reviewed by Germein Linares

Tomo is the second album on Torri honoring composer Reed Kotler, following last year's release of It's About Love by pianist/arranger Bill Cunliffe. Though little known outside San Francisco, Kotler is a modern composer who seems to have struck an appreciative chord with the Los Angeles-based Cunliffe.

As with It's About Love, the music on ...

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Bill Cunliffe: Tomo

Read "Tomo" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Bill Cunliffe, winner of the 1989 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, seems to be making something of a career out of recording Reed Kotler tunes. He did that with Bobby Shew, Gary Foster and Friends Play the Music of Reed Kotler in 2002; Bill Cunliffe and Gary Foster: It's About Love: The Music of Reed ...

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Bill Cunliffe: Tomo

Read "Tomo" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

It's always a pleasure to hear a release from the Torii catalogue. The five musicians presented here often play together in each other's company and also appear on other Torii albums, including 2002's Bobby Shew, Gary Foster and Friends Play the Music of Reed Kotler, and two albums from the next year, It's About Love: The ...

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Bill Cunliffe/Gary Foster: It's About Love

Read "It's About Love" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The genius of this teaming of pianist Bill Cunliffe and saxophonist Gary Foster on It's About Love is their ability to play jazz that evokes images of dapper men decked out in gleaming tuxedos, elegant bejewled ladies draped in sparkling evening gowns, all sipping from long-stemmed glasses of bubbly champagne. Classy sounding stuff. And Bill Cunliffe ...

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Bill Cunliffe/Gary Foster: It's About Love

Read "It's About Love" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

This album is a second volume presenting the music of composer Reed Kotler, following Bobby Shew-Gary Foster and Friends Play the Music of Reed Kotler (2002). It's About Love resumes with 13 songs as played by Gary Foster, Bill Cunliffe, Jeff D'Angelo and Tim Pleasant. Foster is one of Los Angeles' best kept secrets. I've heard ...

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Bill Cunliffe Sextet: How My Heart Sings

Read "How My Heart Sings" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

On this record subtitled “The Music of Earl Zindars," Bill Cunliffe pays tribute to the composer who wrote the jazz standard “How My Heart Sings," which began life as the exclusive property of Bill Evans in 1956. Throughout a lengthy friendship and business relationship, Evans championed a number of Zindars' songs, such as “Elsa," on his ...

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Bill Cunliffe Sextet: How My Heart Sings

Read "How My Heart Sings" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The name Earl Zindars might not ring a bell, unless you're a fan of the late pianist Bill Evans, who was a Zindars fan. Evans ' for those of you who check out songwriting credits ' recorded several Zindars tunes in his career, including a classic version of “How My Heart Sings," the title track of ...

Bobby Shew, Gary Foster and Friends: Play The Music Of Reed Kotler

Read "Play The Music Of Reed Kotler" reviewed by Jim Santella

It's a refreshing, straight-ahead quintet that interprets these songs by San Francisco Bay area composer Reed Kotler. All five members of the quintet solo throughout this 2-CD set; but it's the distinctive, front line work of Bobby Shew and Gary Foster that thrills. Shew provided the musical arrangements. As his schedule reveals, the trumpeter is noted ...