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Tom Beckham: Rebound

Read "Rebound" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

In the simplest terms, to rebound is to bounce back. Many people associate it with a statistic in basketball, or the recovery from heartbreak. Musically, it describes what happens when a mallet strikes a vibraphone, or the bouncing off of ideas during improvisation. Tom Beckham does both with Rebound.

Beckham is a Maryland native ...

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Tom Beckham: Rebound

Read "Rebound" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Catchy tunes and intelligent soloing do not a masterpiece make, but they do create a memorable and enjoyable listening experience. Tom Beckham's third album as a leader finds him in sympathetic, although slightly overbearing, company of saxophonist Chris Cheek and a rhythm section led by pianist Henry Hey.

Beckham has a unique approach ...

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Tom Beckham: Rebound

Read "Rebound" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Tom Beckham has a refreshing approach to the vibraphone. He plays it with a gentle ear for harmony and development, with ideas that are wrapped in crystalline notes. Beckham resides in New York where he teaches and plays. The latter has seen him as part of bands led by Michael Musillami and Sam Bardfield as well ...

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Native Soul: Rough Jazz

Read "Rough Jazz" reviewed by Ivana Ng

Native Soul's debut album, Rough Jazz, can be viewed as an evolution from prudent bebop to hard bop with more soulful, daring rhythms.

On the first half of the record, Peter Brainin's tenor's blithe timbre provides melodies that are often overpowering; pianist (and Fender Rhodes player) Noah Haidu subtly pulls him back with ...

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Woody Witt Quintet with Randy Brecker: Square Peg, Round Hole

Read "Square Peg, Round Hole" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

At a time when a lot of new music sounds prefabricated, particularly pop and R&B, it's easy to understand why some people believe that artists are just going through the motions and not putting any feeling into them. However, anyone who feels that way about jazz hasn't heard the Woody Witt Quintet. The no-frills approach of ...

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Various Artists: Sax In The City

Read "Sax In The City" reviewed by Stephen Latessa

A collection of New York's best women jazz instrumentalists would be an enticing compilation in and of itself, but throw in the fact that proceeds from the CD will benefit breast cancer charities and the project is very hard to pass up. Organized by alto saxophonist Laura Dreyer, Sax In The City features eleven tracks led ...

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Patrizia Scascitelli: Close Up

Read "Close Up" reviewed by Stephen Latessa

Close Up, the latest disc from Italian pianist and composer Patrizia Scascitelli, features eleven strong tunes from her pen that reveal the mellow strengths of her band as they move from reflective ballads to strutting blues. Echoes of the past are never far from the surface, revealing an affectionate knowledge of jazz history.

Artie's ...

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Veronica Martell: The Art of Intimacy

Read "The Art of Intimacy" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

The cover of Veronica Martell's The Art of Intimacy says it all. A lovely woman indeed, her portrait exudes an air of mystery and seduction. When her voice comes over the speaker, the process is complete. The aptly named CD title is a collection of elegant ballads that exhibit different sides of this brilliant singer.

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Ada Rovatti: Airbop

Read "Airbop" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Jazz may be indigenous to America, but it's a worldwide experience. Artists from Europe, Africa, and Asia have adopted this art form and created music that's so pure and gimmick-free, it's as if they were born with it. One of these is Ada Rovatti, originally from Pavia, Italy. A pianist in her youth, Rovatti took a ...

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Bill Moring: Way Out East

Read "Way Out East" reviewed by Rob Mariani

I wish this CD had more detailed liner notes on each of these players and a little history of the group. They're a really interesting band and frankly, I'd never heard of them before. Bill Moring and his cohorts seem completely at home in this “cordless" context and his rich, driving acoustic bass playing more than ...