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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Peter Bernstein: Peter Bernstein Quartet, Live at Smalls

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Peter Bernstein is one of the most pleasing and accomplished guitarists around, a must-hear, go-see for fans of straight-ahead jazz with a fresh, of-the-moment feel. A fixture on the New York scene and beyond, Bernstein deserves to be even better-known for his intricately beautiful melodic lines, harmonic sophistication, spot-on improvisation and good taste.

Mentored ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Donny McCaslin

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If saxophonist Donny McCaslin's life were made into a movie, the following 'scene' could be a natural start: A young boy perched on a stool on the bandstand at a California mall. Too young to be let loose to wander, it's an efficient way his working father could keep an eye on the boy and still ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Ben Monder On the Side: Brian Charette & Mika Pohjola

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Brian Charette

Upside

SteepleChase

2009

Mika Pohjola

Northern Sunrise

BlueMusicGroup

2009



There's a reason why, at Ben Monder performances, the guitar geeks sit in the first row. He is an outstanding soloist, inventive improviser and ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Lionel Hampton Centennial

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Lionel Hampton

Centennial Celebration

Pablo/Telarc - Concord

2009

Lionel Hampton Big Band

The European Concerts, 1953-1954

Fremeaux & Associes

2009

Lionel Hampton

Mostly Blues

Nimbus Records

2009



Straight out of ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Stacy Dillard: One & Tarbaby

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Stacy Dillard
One
Smalls Records
2009

Stacy Dillard

Tarbaby
Imani Records
2009



Saxophonist Stacy Dillard's spirited energy is laced with nuance and intelligence and, while he's not shy of passion or ...

Terell Stafford Shares Brotherly Love, Organ Fever

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Clayton Brothers

Brother to Brother
ArtistShare
2008

Tim Warfield

One for Shirley
Criss Cross
2008



Playing favorites can be a subjective enterprise but it would take a real grouch to insist that ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Tom Harrell: Boundless Beauty

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Tom Harrell is an exceptional musician, known for his exquisite playing on trumpet and flugelhorn as well as for the many lyrical melodies, expressive harmonies and undeniably beautiful music he has composed for some 40 years and, happily, counting. Many famous colleagues, orchestras and big bands have recorded his original compositions and arrangements and among jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Logan Richardson: Ethos

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Logan Richardson is an enterprising and resourceful young alto player, composer and bandleader. Like his well-received debut, Cerebral Flow (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2007), Ethos--also favoring a concept-driven title--shows off Richardson's ample technique and compositions imbued with feeling. His 14 originals move between a variety of tempos, structures and moods, giving a nod to sensible architecture ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Aaron Parks: Invisible Cinema

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While he only just passed his 24th birthday in October 2008, the gifted Aaron Parks has been appreciated by New Yorkers for quite some time. He's been paying his dues in local clubs for years and has distinguished himself further--enhancing his reputation as a pianist of excellence--as a former member of Terence Blanchard's notable Flow sextet, ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

John Marshal: Live at "Le Pirate" & Marshall Arts

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John Marshall
Live At “Le Pirate"
Organic Music
2008

John Marshall/Ferdinand Povel Quintet
Marshall Arts
Blue Jack Jazz
2008



Trumpeter John Marshall should be more famously known in the ...