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Jeremy Manasia Trio: Metamorphosis

Read "Metamorphosis" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Jeremy Manasia Trio: new names one and all in this neighborhood save for the gentleman who makes the trio a quartet, guitarist Peter Bernstein. As it turns out, pianist Manasia, a native of Staten Island, has been a mainstay on the New York jazz scene since he returned from Europe in 1997, and Metamorphosis is ...

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Nick Hempton: Catch and Release

Read "Catch and Release" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran New York saxophonist Nick Hempton lets loose with the stellar Catch and Release, a special project that has been a year-long journey and an experiment of sorts, in recording and releasing music. The album contains eight original Hempton compositions except that each tune was recorded and released separately for purchase on-line on the internet for, ...

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Nick Hempton: Catch And Release

Read "Catch And Release" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When it come to music release methods, there's nothing more stubborn or persistent than the single. Music has fallen in and out of love with so many different formats over the years, but the one-song-at-a-time method of digestion has weathered every shift, spat, and alteration that life and technology have thrown at it. In fact, it's ...

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Charles Ruggiero Releases "As Heard On TV"

Charles Ruggiero Releases "As Heard On TV"

Rondette Jazz announces second solo album from drummer Charles Ruggiero, As Heard On TV. On October 16, As Heard On TV will be available through Rondette Jazz on CD and via digital download on iTunes. Limited edition vinyl will also be available. A CD release party will be held Friday, October 9 at Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), ...

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Charles Ruggiero: Boom Bang, Boom Bang!

Read "Boom Bang, Boom Bang!" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Though jazz drummer Charles Ruggiero has made many recordings as a sideman over the last twenty-five years, he makes his long-awaited debut with Boom Bang, Boom Bang!, paying a tribute of sorts to Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, two of his favorite jazz artists. Growing up with the sounds of the flute and the Fender Rhodes, ...

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Jeremy Manasia: Pixel Queen

Read "Pixel Queen" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pixel Queen is the third record to document the musical relationship that pianist Jeremy Manasia has with bassist Barak Mori and drummer Charles Ruggiero. Manasia's debut leader date--Witchery (Cellar Live, 2007)--featured a different rhythm crew, but this bass-and-drums team came aboard for After Dark (Posi-Tone, 2009), a pleasing trio-with-guests outing, and stayed for Green Dream (Cellar ...

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Charles Owens Quartet: New York, NY, November 18, 2012

Read "Charles Owens Quartet: New York, NY, November 18, 2012" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Charles Owens Quartet
Smalls Jazz Club
New York, NY
November 18, 2012

In 1994, Charles Owens, then a student at the New School, talked then-owner Mitch Borden into letting him run the Sunday afternoon jam session at Smalls, a fledgling basement club that had rapidly become an important incubator of young talent. The tenor saxophonist ...

Posi-Tone Records

Read "Posi-Tone Records" reviewed by Donald Elfman

Posi-Tone Records is an extraordinary anomaly in these times, an independent, thriving jazz label that continues to find new and established musicians and works continually to improve each aspect of production to release a final product of superior quality. As the market has changed the company has sought and accepted new ways to do business that ...

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Jeremy Manasia: After Dark

Read "After Dark" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Pianist, composer and arranger Jeremy Manasia is the driving force behind After Dark, an excellent group of originals and standards rendered by Manasia, drummer Charles Ruggiero and bassist Barak Mori.

Manasia wrote most of the songs with classic jazz as his guiding principle. Up-tempo tunes like “Ruggburn" or the cool mid-tempo blues “Arch Eyes" ...

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