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Chris Cortez: Top Secret (For Your Ears Only)

Read "Top Secret (For Your Ears Only)" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Houston, Texas is such a hot bed of jazz music that it has its own jazz mafia. However, as of late the Houston jazz mafia's Godmother, vocalist Tianna Hall has been letting several of her high-ranking officers get away. First to go was trumpeter capo regime Carol Morgan, who decided to start her own jazz “Family" ...

Matija Dedić: Sentiana

Read "Sentiana" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Croatian pianist Matija Dedić demonstrates exquisite taste in selecting trio mates for his projects. His debut--From The Beginning (Dallas Records, 2009)--brought him into contact with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard, best known for their work in pianist Brad Mehldau's acclaimed trio. The follow-up record--M.D. In N.Y.C. (Origin Records, 2011)--found him working with bassist Vicente ...

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2013 Yuletide Offerings

Read "2013 Yuletide Offerings" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's clear that the holidays are coming when the mercury dips and the cheery tidings of the season are balanced out by shopping-fueled malaise. When it comes to music, said shopping is often centered on a series of new holiday-themed releases that seem to arrive like clockwork in the weeks and months prior to Christmas; this ...

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Carol Morgan: Retroactive

Read "Retroactive" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

After two well-behaved, straight-ahead, and positively reviewed recordings-- Opening (Blue Bamboo Music, 2010) and Blue Glass Music (Blue Bamboo Music, 2011)--Texas-cum-New York City trumpeter Carol Morgan decides to take a walk on a wilder side with Retroactive: a mostly electronic affair prominently featuring guitarists Mike Stern and Chris Cortez as well as one Jeff Sipe (Apt. ...

Chris Cortez: Aunt Nasty

Read "Aunt Nasty" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Guitarist and producer Chris Cortez's Aunt Nasty brims with a joie de vivre that permeates the entire album becoming its pervasive theme.

The disc opens with a Latinized “Caravan" highlighting Cortez's flamenco guitar stylings that cascade over James Metcalfe's Afro Cuban percussion. Jimi Hendrix's “Fire" closes the album and it transforms into a ...

Chris Cortez: Aunt Nasty

Read "Aunt Nasty" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A businessman as well as an active musician, Chris Cortez has been very busy producing music through his own Blue Bamboo Music record label--so much so that Aunt Nasty is his first recording in five years. A guitarist and excellent vocalist as comfortable in rock and blues as he seems to be when performing a jazz ...

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Carol Morgan: Blue Glass Music

Read "Blue Glass Music" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Trumpeter Carol Morgan is an improviser par excellence, having literally written the book on it, and her style has matured fast over the course of five years and four albums.

Blue Glass Music showcases the trumpeter's explorative solos, which are often edgy, like on “I Love You," complemented by Joel Frahm's bluesy tenor ...

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Carol Morgan: Blue Glass Music

Read "Blue Glass Music" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Trumpeter Carol Morgan's Blue Bamboo debut, Opening (2010) was received uniformly, with accolades from all quarters. The Texas-native cum Manhattan-ite exploded out of Julliard following the tutelage of trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, and seemed to be everywhere at once. Morgan has been a constant in the DIVA Jazz Orchestra (with Sharel Cassity), and fronting her quintet, Carol ...

Woody Witt: Pots and Kettles

Read "Pots and Kettles" reviewed by Edward Blanco

With Pots And Kettles, veteran saxophonist Woody Witt cooks up a tasty menu of contemporary and modern jazz main dishes on his third album for the Blue Bamboo Music label, but his eight overall as leader. A professor of Jazz Studies at Houston Community College and an Affiliate Artist at the University of Houston Moores School ...

Tianna Hall: Never Let Me Go

Read "Never Let Me Go" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Never Let Me Go is Houston-native vocalist Tianna Hall's third release, and first for Blue Bamboo Music, following her self-produced Lost in the Stars (2007) and Ballads and Bossas (2010). Hall has preferred the intimacy of smaller accompaniment on her first two recordings, a preference she carries to Never Let Me Go. The singer is support ...