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Tish Oney: The Best Part

Read "The Best Part" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Dr. Tish Oney is a woman for all seasons: vocalist, arranger, composer, professor, producer. She has many irons in many fires and all of them are hot. Her fifth recording, The Best Part continues her fruitful association with guitarist John Chiodini, whose trio this time around comprised bassist Chuck Berghofer and drummer Ray Brinker (no mean ...

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Vocalist Tish Oney with the John Chiodini Trio release 'The Best Part' on Blujazz

Vocalist Tish Oney with the John Chiodini Trio release 'The Best Part' on Blujazz

The Best Part is jazz vocalist, arranger, composer, and producer Tish Oney’s fifth CD project. The music is a compilation of new original songs by contemporary jazz composers, including three never-before-heard songs with lyrics by jazz diva Peggy Lee. Oney's 2015 recording of original vocal/guitar duets titled Songs From the Heart, was honored by the Recording Academy on ...

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Larry Ham/Woody Witt: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Larry Ham and Woody Witt's collaborative effort has brought forth the fruit of Presence, with the sophistication and melodic harmonic relationships that used to grace hard bop jazz, while still sporting just the right amount of abstract modernism from today's sound to supply a strong underpinning of the ensemble current.

Woody Witt, a Houston ...

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Michelle Coltrane: Awakening

Read "Awakening" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Yes, that Coltrane. Vocalist Michelle Coltrane, the offspring of pianist Alice McLeod (and vocalist Kenny Hagood) and the stepdaughter of saxophone icon John Coltrane, has one of the strongest musical pedigrees around. She was, quite literally, born and raised into musical legend. But her background and lineage hasn't put undue pressure on her development or musical ...

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George Freeman: 90 Going On Amazing

Read "90 Going On Amazing" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

George Freeman has long been a homebody. Early on he made his mark on stage and/or in the studio with the best of the best- -saxophone lodestars Lester Young and Charlie Parker, to mention just two--as they came through his hometown, Chicago. Touring did eventually figure into his career--he hit the road with soulful heavies Gene ...

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The Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra: Welcome to Swingsville!

Read "Welcome to Swingsville!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even as the likelihood of big-band success keeps shrinking, there are those who willingly laugh at the odds and stay true to their heart, which insists that they keep on swinging even when common sense says they would be better off pursuing other musical avenues. They can be found occupying small pockets of resistance in cities ...

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Moutin Factory Quintet: Deep

Read "Deep" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Deep. So very, very, deep. Rarely does a single four-letter word so eloquently and accurately capture the spirit of an album. Everything from the grooves to the compositions to the thought content embedded in each musician's statements can be summed up by that simple-yet-complex title.

The Moutin brothers--bassist Francois and drummer Louis--formed the ...

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Steve Wiest And Phröntrange: The High Road

Read "The High Road" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

You don't encounter a lot of trombone-centric fusion dates these days. But then again, you also don't encounter too many musicians like Steve Wiest, the unabashedly enthusiastic veteran trombonist fronting this project. He's a true polymath, respected as a performer, educator, science fiction author, cartoonist, and composer-arranger. But he also clearly knows how to let rip ...

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Doug MacDonald: Solo Plus

Read "Solo Plus" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The field of jazz guitarists seems to have exploded with variety of discs that put one sort of spin or another on the music. From Latin touches to rock and roll beats and from avant-garde dissonance to popish smoothness this releases run the range of sounds striving to be “exeptional." It is, therefore, refreshing to hear ...

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Eric Olsen ReVision Quartet: Sea Changes

Read "Sea Changes" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Sophisticated pianist Eric Olsen explores the western classical canon from a jazzman's perspective on the charming and delightful Sea Changes. The several selections on the disc span the range from Georges Bizet's “Carmen" to Olivier Messiaen and Jean Sibelius' modernistic compositions.

Olsen's charismatic and unique interpretations mark the album with his signature elegance and forms ...