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Content by tag "Gordon Jenkins"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Anat Cohen Tentet: Happy Song

Read "Happy Song" reviewed by Geno Thackara

In his fascinating autobiography, Miles Davis once said that Gil Evans would call him on the phone now and then just to share a quick thought--you know, the kind of thing some people used to do before these random impulses were relegated to texts or Tweets. His classic example was a 3AM call where his longtime ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Peter Oprisko - Sean Baker Orchestra: Lost in a Kiss

Read "Lost in a Kiss" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Senza attendere il successo planetario di Michael Bublé, Jamie Cullum, Harry Connick Jr. e Peter Cincotti, la tradizione statunitense del crooner s'è mantenuta grazie al florido mercato musicale che opera in locali notturni, casinò, ristoranti e hotel.
Peter Oprisko è uno dei migliori esponenti di questo filone, grazie alla vicinanza stilistica con Frank Sinatra ...

Oded Lev-Ari: Threading

Read "Threading" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's more to music than often meets the eye. While educated jazz fans often laud and focus on the artists whose names adorn the cover of albums and the sidemen that support and converse with them, far fewer people applaud the work of figures like Oded Lev-Ari--those men of many hats who work out of sight, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

SAMM & Jamie Ousley: The Unorthodox Duo

Read "The Unorthodox Duo" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Creating an unconventional musical project was a purposeful design by jazz vocalist SAMM and renowned Miami-based bassist and educator Dr. Jamie Ousley, combining forces on The Unorthodox Duo to interpret a repertoire of standards and popular songs in a setting of light vocal jazz accompanied only, by the sounds of a delicate and creative bass. Born ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Beata Pater: Golden Lady

Read "Golden Lady" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Beata Pater's vocal expertise is about shape, texture and the nuance informing both. Pater's B&B Records color-inspired trilogy, Black (2006), Blue> (2011) and Red (2013) was a critically well-received series that demonstrated the singers mastery of wordless singing in a large band format, pushing the creative envelope to the edge of its capacity. Pater's self-claimed influences ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ron Aprea Sextet: Remembering Blakey

Read "Remembering Blakey" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Legendary New York alto saxophonist Ron Aprea is recognized as much for his skills as an arranger, composer, record producer and band leader as he is known for his superb musicianship. On Remembering Blakey, Aprea brings to the fore all of his talents in churning out a monster album that pays homage to the leader of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joey DeFrancesco: One for Rudy

Read "One for Rudy" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “Rudy" singled out for favor on this new CD by organist Joey DeFrancesco's admirable trio is the legendary recording engineer Rudy van Gelder who engineered, mixed and mastered the album at his studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. DeFrancesco, whose mastery of the Hammond B3 is universally recognized and unquestioned, wrote the groovy homage to van ...

Mort Weiss: In Twilight... Not!

Read "Mort Weiss: In Twilight... Not!" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

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The Internet has done a bang-up job of bringing everything and everybody closer together. An immediate effect ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Bill Mays: Inventions, Conventions and Dimensions

Read "Bill Mays: Inventions, Conventions and Dimensions" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

This title is more than a rhyme: it's an attempt to capture some of the legendary versatility of pianist Bill Mays. “Inventions" refers to his unprecedented, working jazz trio of piano, trumpet, and cello. “Conventions" is a nod to his invaluable contribution to the annual meeting of the International Society of Bassists (in 2013, he played ...

Rivorecords: Blue Notes from Buenos Aires

Read "Rivorecords: Blue Notes from Buenos Aires" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

In the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, a blue note is defined as: “A microtonally lowered third, seventh, or (less commonly) fifth degree of the diatonic scale, common in blues, jazz and related musics."

Moving beyond musical theory, the term is most commonly associated with the groundbreaking jazz label Blue Note, founded in 1939 ...