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Nirvana: Black Flower

Read "Black Flower" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This is not a newly unearthed recording by the Seattle-based grunge rock band, Nirvana. Hence, this Nirvana was a short-lived progressive pop unit that formed in 1965, led by the duo of Irishman Patrick Campbell-Lyons and Greek composer Alex Spyropoulos, both supplying the vocals. Once again, UK-based Cherry Red Records stokes the olden flames to remaster ...

The Flying Horse Big Band: The Bat Swings!

Read "The Bat Swings!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although The Bat Swings! could well be taken for a baseball analogy, the focus of this third CD by the University of Central Florida's high-powered Flying Horse Big Band is on music associated with the campy Batman TV series from the late 1960s that starred Adam West as the masked superhero and Burt Ward as his ...

Jazzing Up Childhood Memories

Read "Jazzing Up Childhood Memories" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Jazz musicians today sometimes draw on all sorts of popular culture for inspiration, including the television shows they grew up with. Here are two fine examples.

The Flying Horse Big Band
The Bat Swings!
Flying Horse Records
2018

The University of Central Florida's Flying Horse Big Band presents a ...

Dominique Eade & Ran Blake: Town And Country

Read "Town And Country" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Pianist Ran Blake has a long track record of collaborations with vocalists starting over 50 years ago when he made the album The Newest Sound Around with Jeanne Lee and continuing in the years since in recordings with Chris Connor, Christine Correa and Sara Serpa among others. This is his second meeting on disc with his ...

Curtis Stigers with the Danish Radio Big Band: One More For The Road

Read "One More For The Road" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Curtis Stigers è un cantante pop che ha debuttato nel 1991 con brani di grande appeal commerciale come “I Wonder Why," “Never Saw a Miracle" e “You're All That Matters to Me." Per un decennio ha variato leggermente quel patinato blend di pop, soul, smooth jazz, folk e rock, fino ad abbracciare più decisamente il jazz ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

New Sinatra DVD Collection: Beautiful Stories in Song

Read "New Sinatra DVD Collection: Beautiful Stories in Song" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

In September 2017, Eagle Rock Entertainment released the final three titles in The Frank Sinatra Collection, six shows and performances which collectively present highlights from four decades of studio, concert and television performances by The Chairman of the Board.

The Royal Festival Hall (1962) & Live at Carnegie Hall captures Ol' Blue Eyes performing ...

ARTICLE: DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Frank Sinatra: The Royal Festival Hall (1962) | Live At Carnegie Hall

Read "Frank Sinatra: The Royal Festival Hall (1962) | Live At Carnegie Hall" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Frank Sinatra
The Royal Festival Hall (1962) | Live At Carnegie Hall
Eagle Rock Entertainment
2017

The first DVD in this series combines full-length shows from two of the world's most famous concert halls, one on each side of the Atlantic: The Royal Festival Hall, recorded during Sinatra's 1962 world tour ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Walt Weiskopf: All About the Sound

Read "Walt Weiskopf: All About the Sound" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

What is it that drives Walt Weiskopf? It's all about the music, all about the sound.

He's reached a large audience in ten years of touring with Steely Dan. He's written a half dozen books on jazz improvisation techniques and methods, and he's taught at the Eastman School of Music, Temple University and New ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Umbria Jazz Winter 23

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter 23" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Orvieto
30.12.2015-03.01.2016


Per certi aspetti abbiamo assistito a un'edizione in tono minore per Umbria Jazz Winter, soprattutto dal punto di vista dell'originalità dell'offerta. Esasperando una formula vincente già sperimentata in passato, quasi tutti i protagonisti invitati, quelli di maggior richiamo come i nomi meno noti, sono stati ospitati “in residenza" ...

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Early Nelson Riddle

Early Nelson Riddle

Arranger Nelson Riddle is most often associated with Frank Sinatra. Which makes sense, since Riddle scored a number of successful albums for Sinatra in the 1950s that sassed up the singer's swinging sound at Capitol. He did this with playful sectional riffs, unusual instrumental textures and bright solo tones added for punctuation. But where did Riddle's ...