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Rob Ryndak & Tom Lockwood: Gratitude

Read "Gratitude" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

There's poignancy about the titles of the selections on this fine album that generates reflection. Perhaps that was the intention of the two composers, Rob Ryndak and Tom Lockwood. However, the music of Gratitude—all original, highly textural—solidifies this supposition.

Incorporating a crew of fine Chicago-area musicians along with guest trumpeter Brian Lynch, Ryndak ...

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Harrison Goldberg

Harrison Goldberg is a progressive multi-saxophonist and visual artist living in northern California. An alumnus of Boston's Berklee College of Music and a frequent and popular performer and recording artist with a variety of bands at venues along California’s Mendocino-Sonoma coast, Harrison makes regular appearances at the annual North Coast Whale & Jazz Festival and its educational program for young people, Jazz For The Schools. Besides his music activities he is recognized as an award winning visual artist whose pieces and unique wine label designs have found their way into corporate and private collections worldwide

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Sherri Roberts: Anybody's Spring

Read "Anybody's Spring" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Vocalist Sherri Roberts brings the joy and promise of new beginnings with twelve standards, that offer a spring theme with her 2017 release, Anybody's Spring. Selections come from the jazz compositions of Clifford Brown and Tadd Dameron to the standard and not-so-standard fare of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Hoagy Carmichael, and Blossom Dearie favorite Bob Haymes, the ...

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Matt Panayides: Conduits

Read "Conduits" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Conduits, Matt Panayides' second album as a leader, pairs his resilient guitar on the front line with the reliable tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, ably supported by bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Mark Ferber. In spite of its esoteric name, the album is unshakably bright and accessible, with everyone abiding by Panayides' muse and playing their roles ...

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Marco Bittelli: Alba

Read "Alba" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il chitarrista italiano Marco Bittelli ci propone questo album intitolato Alba, il secondo da leader, che lo vede impegnato alla testa di un sestetto tutto americano che in alcuni casi si allarga per ospitare il contributo di altri tre musicisti. I brani sono tutti originali e sono tutti scritti da Marco Bittelli con l'eccezione del brano “Perdermi" che è ...

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Sherri Roberts with Bliss Rodriguez: Lovely Days

Read "Lovely Days" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Sherri Roberts has built her reputation with a trio of well-produced albums featuring top-notch players like pianist Mark Soskin, saxophonist Phil Woods and bassist Harvie S, but her fourth album finds the Bay Area-based vocalist expanding her horizons by trimming down the personnel list. Lovely Days gives Roberts a chance to work in a more open ...

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Sherri Roberts: Lovely Days

Read "Lovely Days" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Lovely Days is a “classical" piano-vocals recital. It is classical in the respect of that this spare pairing is time tested and well respected across musical genres. Bay-area vocalist Sherri Roberts downsizes from her previous three recordings to a duo setting with pianist Bliss Rodriguez. Robert's repertoire comes directly from the Great American Songbook, first half ...

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Matt Panayides: Tapestries of Song

Read "Tapestries of Song" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Matt Panayides è un chitarrista americano nato a Cincinnati e cresciuto a Indianapolis, abbastanza al di fuori dei giri che contano nel jazz statunitense. Ciò non di meno con questo Tapestries of Song si presenta in maniera autorevole alla testa di un quartetto che mette in campo professionisti ben noti come il saxofonista Rich Perry (membro dell'orchestra di ...

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Matt Panayides: Tapestries of Song

Read "Tapestries of Song" reviewed by Jack Huntley

In the era of frenetic fretboard technique, the art of developing a patient groove sometimes seems lost in the shuffle, but Matt Panyides skillfully cultivates that very asset on Tapestries of Song. This is not to suggest that Panyides' music lacks for technical aptitude, as his guitar playing displays nothing but virtuosity. Specifically, Panyides' playing has ...

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Norman Johnson: If Time Stood Still

Read "If Time Stood Still" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Norman Johnson was in high school in Jamaica when he heard George Benson and became interested in the guitar. He says that he was mesmerized by Benson, and though he figured that he was too old at 16 to begin playing an instrument he went ahead. Later studying at the Hartt School of Music with Jackie ...