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Caroline Davis

Read "Caroline Davis" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

After honing her skills on the jny: Chicago scene, Caroline Davis has rapidly established herself as an in-demand musician and educator in jny: New York, where she moved in 2013, and internationally. Her debut album, Live Work & Play, was featured on All About Jazz's best releases. The leader or co-leader of several interesting projects, ranging ...

The Mark Masters Ensemble: Blue Skylight

Read "Blue Skylight" reviewed by Jack Bowers

California-based composer / arranger Mark Masters, who has already recorded salutes to Clifford Brown, Jimmy Knepper, Dewey Redman, Steely Dan, the Gershwin brothers and even the Duke Ellington saxophone section, directs his attention and considerable talents this time around to the music of a pair of legendary jazz trend-setters who were in many respects polar opposites: ...

The Mark Masters Ensemble: Blue Skylight

Read "Blue Skylight" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Mark Masters has made his name in the banderleader/arranger arena fronting The Mark Master Ensemble, in various forms, with personal tributes to past masters: saxophonist Dewey Redman, Duke Ellington, trumpeter Clifford Brown, and present master, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, who played as the featured artist on One Day With Lee (Capri Records (2000). These are all ...

I 10 CD nel CD-Player di... Caroline Davis

Read "I 10 CD nel CD-Player di... Caroline Davis" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. Arthur Russell-Tower of Meaning (Chatham Square -1983).
Ho cominciato ad ascoltare Arthur Russell nel 2006. Originariamente pensato come sonorizzazione di un lavoro di Robert Wilson è diventato un disco che funziona autonomamente. Non ci sono grandiosi eventi ritmici né particolari modulazioni, ma si possono avvertire movimenti continui che danno un senso al tutto. È ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

H2 Big Band: It Could Happen

Read "It Could Happen" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As Shakespeare wrote, “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Who would dare argue with that? The point is that It Could Happen,the second recording by the H2 Big Band, is performed by a world-class ensemble. It's just not the H2 Big Band, which essentially remained home in Colorado ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Nash Second Anniversary in Phoenix

Read "The Nash Second Anniversary in Phoenix" reviewed by Patricia Myers

The Nash Second Anniversary
The Nash/Private Home
Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona
October 31, November 1-2, 2014

There's something about the way Lewis Nash plays drums. No, there's everything about the way he plays drums--selectively, tastefully, underplaying vs. bombastic; in a word, elegantly. Nash's classy combination of swing and sophistication was abundantly evident during ...

The Clare Fischer Orchestra: Music for Strings, Percussion and the Rest

Read "Music for Strings, Percussion and the Rest" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Is this beautiful music, wonderfully played? Definitely. Is it jazz (or anything close to it)? Afraid not. Music for Strings, Percussion and the Rest is chamber music with a classical temperament, colorful and captivating, written (presumably over a period of some years) and conducted by one of the giants in that field, the late Dr. Clare ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Mark Masters Ensemble: Everything You Did: The Music of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen

Read "Everything You Did: The Music of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Another tribute album from leader / arranger Mark Masters whose splendid ensemble has previously paid homage to trumpeter Clifford Brown, saxophonist Lee Konitz, trombonist Jimmy Knepper and the Gershwin brothers (Porgy & Bess Redefined). This time around it's the music of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, better known by their collective name, Steely Dan. The album, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mark Masters: Everything You Did

Read "Everything You Did" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Rock band Steely Dan released Pretzel Logic (ABC) in 1974. The album was big, one its most successful. But with younger audiences unfamiliar with jazz, the disc surely must have caused some confusion, along the lines of: “What in the world is this 'East St. Louis Toodle-oo?' And what are they talking about with 'Parker's Band?'" ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Leslie Lewis: Midnight Sun / Keeper of the Flame

Read "Leslie Lewis: Midnight Sun / Keeper of the Flame" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Leslie Lewis is a singer who has found steady work on the West Coast and elsewhere, and for good reason--she's personable, easy on the eyes, and more to the point, has a pleasant mid-range voice, sings squarely on key, and knows how to sell a lyric. Keeper of the Flame and Midnight Sun are Lewis' second ...


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