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Nate Birkey: Rome

Read "Rome" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

With this listenable and relaxed album, trumpeter Nate Birkey joins with four excellent musicians he hooked up with while playing in Italy to deliver a set of mostly ballads in his signature style with introspective improvising, empathic warmth, and minimal vibrato. His playing here is reminiscent of Bix Beiderbecke, one of Chet Baker's formative influences. The ...

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Nate Birkey: Just a Closer Walk

Read "Nate Birkey: Just a Closer Walk" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Nate Birkey is a fine New York-based trumpeter who traveled a biographical route from childhood in Colorado to Boston's Berklee School of Music, then to various parts of the West Coast, living and working in the Los Angeles area for a while, and finally settling into the big-time jazz scene in NYC a few years ago. ...

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Nate Birkey: Christmas

Read "Christmas" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This may be the most laid back Christmas album ever. The more typical holiday records bring to mind sleigh-bells, snowmen, parties, families, caroling, mistletoe, chestnuts on an open fire, and fond memories of past holidays. What comes to mind in connection with Nate Birkey: Christmas are dry martinis, The New Yorker magazine, twilights by the ocean, ...

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Nate Birkey: Almost Home

Read "Almost Home" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This laid-back, mostly cool jazz album with echoes of the West Coast 1950s sound also bespeaks a certain dramatic intensity. Further, it invokes a shade of country blues as it goes along. Nate Birkey's trumpet and vocal renditions of both his own songs and some standards are enjoyable to hear, partly because they are strongly reminiscent ...

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Julie Christensen: Sometihing Familiar

Read "Sometihing Familiar" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Julie Christensen is a jazz vocalist with a very non-jazz past, who can easily win you over with her unusual delivery and choice of material.



Something Familiar begins with Jimmy Webb's obscure “Just Like Marilyn," and seems about as far away from a jazz opener as one can get. By the time ...

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Nate Birkey: Ballads

Read "Ballads" reviewed by AAJ Staff

There is a mystical quality to Nate Birkey that manifests itself in both his vocals and Trumpet style. Birkey has been compared to both Miles Davis and Chet Baker, and his playing has more than a touch of the former and a whole lot of the latter. And Mr Birkey with a nod to his influences, ...