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Erin McDougald: Outside the Soiree

Read "Outside the Soiree" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Grazie a una pubblica sovvenzione sul web, la cantante Erin McDougald è riuscita a pubblicare il quarto album, certamente il più brillante e rappresentativo della sua carriera. L'aveva inciso nel 2010 accompagnata da una formazione stellare comprendente Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman e Rodney Green.
Ogni volta che era in grado di produrre il lavoro ...

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Erin McDougald: Outside the Soiree

Read "Outside the Soiree" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Erin McDougald is a big-voiced Chicago-based singer who calls herself the “Flapper Girl" after the “flappers" of the 1920s,' looking back on them as emancipated, fearless women. That identity carries into her singing which comes across with a confidence and flair you rarely hear among younger jazz vocalists today. With her voice carrying a low, sultriness ...

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Josh Maxey: Celebration of Soul

Read "Celebration of Soul" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È un nome da tenere a mente quello di Josh Maxey. Non è solo un chitarrista tecnicamente esuberante ma si dimostra un leader fantasioso e un ottimo autore. Celebration of Soul è l'ultimo di dieci dischi autoprodotti nell'arco di tre anni (questo in versione compact disc, gli altri sono scaricabili in formato MP3 o FLAC dal ...

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Josh Maxey: Celebration of Soul

Read "Celebration of Soul" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Celebration of Soul is the tenth and final album in a series of recordings made in just three years by guitarist/composer Josh Maxey. Such a uniquely prolific output did not happen by accident. Maxey says “The key to the series has been having a goal beyond what I would have considered reasonable." The series is a ...

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Tim Hegarty: Tribute

Read "Tribute" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Tim Hegarty's Tribute is an audible panegyric on the great saxophonist-composers. It's a well-crafted, straightforward date that highlights Hegarty's love for those who've come before and the work that they've done on paper and on record.

The list of saxophonists that Hegarty has studied includes George Coleman, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Joe Henderson, ...

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Project THEM: Project THEM

Read "Project THEM: Project THEM" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Vibraphonist Mark Sherman has been knocking around for a while, and though he's a seasoned professional who's won several Downbeat polls it seems that he's one of those artists that's perpetually seen as a newcomer. It's telling that his Downbeat wins were in the “Rising Star" category, though he's been active on the New York jazz ...

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Jeff Holmes Quartet: Of One's Own

Read "Of One's Own" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

It's not the job of liner notes to critically appraise the recording for which they were written. Liner notes are supposed to be laudatory, occasionally hagiographic, but they're never meant to critique. That's the job of the review. Reviews don't make good liner notes and vice versa. Exceptions prove rules, however. So congratulations must go to ...

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Joe Alterman: Give Me The Simple Life

Read "Give Me The Simple Life" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Bruce Lindsey, in his review of Joe Alterman's Give Me The Simple Life, notes that the young pianist has..."the feel of a musician who's been immersed in his chosen music for decades." Citing Errol Garner, Oscar Peterson and Red Garland as influences, Altman betrays influences that further give bona fides to his experience beyond youth. Chief ...

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Joe Alterman: Give Me The Simple Life

Read "Give Me The Simple Life" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

There's a tension for many young jazz musicians, between the desire to start recording and the rather contrary need to develop technically and aesthetically before going public. Sometimes there is no tension: Joe Alterman is a case in point. The pianist may be a mere stripling in his early 20s, but he has the technique, the ...

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Mark Sherman: L. A. Sessions

Read "L. A. Sessions" reviewed by Larry Taylor

Vibraphonist Mark Sherman has had a longstanding desire to release an album featuring some of his favorite bebop and standard tunes. Now, in L.A. Sessions, this dream comes true, with happy results.

These jazz gems from a half-century ago are played in the tradition, but Sherman and his cohorts lovingly add luster. Chief help comes ...