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Mark Walker: You Get What You Give

Read "You Get What You Give" reviewed by Ljubinko Zivkovic

Often, there is a tendency among jazz fans to simply pass by albums with drummers as the leaders of a CD release, as if they--the drummer/leaders--know less about jazz or music in general. As if examples of Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Max Roach or those excellent vocal albums by Grady Tate are not good enough examples. ...

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Daniela Schächter: Vanheusenism: A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen

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Italian pianist and singer Daniela Schachter goes into the “songbook" genre on this CD, doing lively spins on the work of songwriter Jimmy Van Heusen, a man responsible for more hits than I realized. I knew he had written several songs for Frank Sinatra but until seeing them here, I hadn't realized he also had a ...

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Daniela Schächter: Vanheusenism: A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen

Read "Vanheusenism: A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

For the first time, Italian-born vocalist and pianist Daniela Schächter devotes her fourth album to a single songwriter: Jimmy Van Heusen. Even a cursory glance at the song list will show that to be no limitation, as these are some of the most enduring classics in the Great American Songbook. Van Heusen had a long association ...

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Mike Tucker: Collage

Read "Collage" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Sassofonista tra i più promettenti dell’area mainstream statunitense, Mike Tucker vanta già significative collaborazioni sia nel campo della fusion (Yellow Jackets, George Duke) che sul versante più strettamente jazzistico (Joe Lovano, George Garzone). Oltre a riflettere gli stili praticati nella sua poliedrica attività di sideman, questa sua prima incisione da leader ha tutti i pregi ed i ...

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Mike Tucker: Collage

Read "Collage" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

When Mike Tucker comes out swinging with “Fanfare, the expectations run high for Collage. Tucker does not disappoint in terms of the music, almost all of which he has composed, and also the playing of his tight and cohesive band. Tucker takes a variety of sounds and spins them into a convincing web. He plays with ...

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Mike Tucker: Collage

Read "Collage" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Tenor saxophonist/composer Mike Tucker catches attention on his debut, Collage. The Boston-based musician, age 26, established some good credentials through his participation in the 2002 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competetion and then in 2005 Nancy Jazz Festival in Lorraine, France in the company of first order jazzmen like Joe Lovano, Pat Martino, Michael Brecker and ...

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Mike Tucker: Collage

Read "Collage" reviewed by Jim Santella

New England tenor saxophonist Mike Tucker leads his quartet in a modern mainstream session of original compositions on Collage. “Bird Lives, a slow ballad by Billy Drewes, serves as the album's lone exception. Trumpeter Eric Bloom sits in on the opening “Fanfare, which sets the tone for the album with a modicum of excitement and plenty ...

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Mike Tucker: Collage

Read "Collage" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

There's always room on the jazz scene for young talent, even in the tried and true saxophone-plus-rhythm-section format. Tenor saxophonist Mike Tucker received a full scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 2002; he was also chosen to compete in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition the same year. After three years-plus of formal ...