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Jason Miles: Kind Of New 2: Blue Is Paris

Read "Kind Of New 2: Blue Is Paris" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

You can't fault the motivation behind keyboardist Jason Miles' sequel to Kind of New (Whaling City Sound, 2015). Miles wanted to respond to the 2015 Paris terror attack and Kind of New 2: Blue Is Paris is the result, but though the motivation is solid, the execution doesn't match it. With Kind of New, ...

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BeatleJazz: All You Need

Read "All You Need" reviewed by J Hunter

Remember when Miles Davis used Michael Jackson's “Human Nature" and Cyndi Lauper's “Time After Time" as concert staples? The uproar over his choices brings up a question: What, exactly, is a standard? Is the definition strictly limited to the contents of The Great American Songbook? Or is it simply a tune that did not originate as ...

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Sherrie Maricle & The DIVA Jazz Orchestra: TNT: A Tommy Newsom Tribute

Read "TNT: A Tommy Newsom Tribute" reviewed by Edward Blanco

TNT is the fifth album by the explosive New York-based all-female DIVA Jazz Orchestra, blending a contemporary mainstream big band sound with a progressive flavor. Founded by a former relief drummer for the Buddy Rich Big Band, Stanley Kay, the fifteen piece big band has been under the direction of bandleader/drummer Dr. Sherrie Maricle for the ...

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Buddy Rich Band: No Funny Hats

Read "No Funny Hats" reviewed by Rusty Aceves

Musically, as he seemed to be in life, Buddy Rich was practically bulletproof. For that reason, Lightyear's recent release of this 1978 performance is really beyond criticism, and for Rich fans, a newly issued live recording is cause for celebration. Regardless, this set is as representative of the power and authority of the drummer and his ...

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BeatleJazz: With a Little Help from Our Friends

Read "With a Little Help from Our Friends" reviewed by Jim Santella

With its third album of reinterpreted songs associated with the era of the Beatles, this sterling piano trio (plus guests) explores spiritual themes and poignant melodies that have long been tucked away in our mind's library of influential music. Both the latter, mystical period and the earlier, blue collar, everyday affair with the Beatles are included ...

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BeatleJazz: With a Little Help From Our Friends

Read "With a Little Help From Our Friends" reviewed by Paul Olson

Let me be the first to admit that I am prejudiced against jazz musicians covering the Beatles. This is in no way related to the source material: like all sentient mammals on the Planet Earth, I adore pretty much every note the Fabs recorded. It's just that their material is so weighted with cultural and nostalgic ...

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Various Artists: Stone Jazz

Read "Stone Jazz" reviewed by AAJ Staff

“A-one and a-two: Can’t get me no...duh, duh, duh...Satisfaction, baby.” When you really think about it, Mulgrew Miller sort of looks like Keith Richards. Take out the Grecian Formula and Lenny White might be Charlie Watts. Charles Fambrough may be from Philadelphia, but with a little work, I see Bill Wyman. Stone Jazz proves ...


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