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Eric Reed at Smoke Jazz & Supper Club

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Hard Bop continues to find a home in NY's Smoke Jazz & Supper Club. For decades the room featured One for All -a group whose stalwart players Eric Alexander, Steve Davis, David Hazeltine, John Webber, Jim Rotondi, and Joe Farnsworth had critics comparing them to Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. These players often led smaller groups into ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alexis Cole with One For All: You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

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Vocalist Alexis Cole hasn't found a setting or theme that doesn't suit her. Since arriving on the scene near the turn of the century she's covered a tremendous amount of ground and delivered a good number of well-conceived and beautifully executed albums. Cole teamed up with dozens of A-listers for a charitably-driven Christmas outing, explored the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Eric Alexander: Song of No Regrets

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Eric Alexander, who has been wielding as impressive a tenor saxophone as anyone on the scene for more than two decades, returns to the studio for what seems the umpteenth time with an abundant stockpile of point-blank pleasures on Song of No Regrets, an essentially Latin-grooved session that leaves room on the first two numbers for ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK @ NIGHT

Eric Reed Quartet, Henry Grimes and George Coleman Quartet

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Eric Reed Quartet
SMOKE Jazz & Supper Club
New York, NY
October 2, 2016

The gifted pianist and composer Eric Reed plays at times with a lightning-quick, cat-like touch, at others with slow, deep resonance, lush and lyrical. He can change from one to the other in the ...

One for All: The Third Decade

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Hard to believe it will be twenty years ago next year that the hard bop ensemble One For All debuted with Too Soon To Tell on the fledgling Sharp Nine label. Formed as a group that regularly played together at an uptown Broadway club called Augie's, each member was just at the start of their own ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Kassé Mady Diabaté, George Coleman & Tedeschi Trucks Band

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor
The Music Hall Of Williamsburg
September 30, 2015

On the ground level, there was a tendency to simply watch the flickering images, glimmering out from old school projectors, rattlingly housed within the mixing desk corral. As most of the players in this Montréal collective, particularly ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Paris Jazz Diary: Pianists Kenny Barron, Harold Mabern, Bill Charlap

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Paris Jazz Diary 2015: Pianists Kenny Barron, Harold Mabern, Bill Charlap
Duc des Lombards, Sunside-Sunset Jazz Clubs
Paris, France
July 3, July 4, July 14, 2015

New York City pianists Kenny Barron, Harold Mabern and Bill Charlap led trios in three separate concerts as part of a pair of annual summer-season ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Joey DeFrancesco Releases 2-CD Christmas album "Home for the Holidays"

Joey DeFrancesco Releases 2-CD Christmas album "Home for the Holidays"

The Hammond organ may just be the musical instrument best suited to Christmas and holiday themed music. It produces a gloriously warm, rich and full-bodied sound, the aural equivalent of a hug from Santa Claus. Place that instrument in the hands of a genuine virtuoso along with a carefully chosen selection of favorite holiday songs and ...

Jimmy Cobb: The Original Mob

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As the Smoke Sessions list of titles continues to grow, so too do we get to check out some of the country's greatest drummer. The much in-demand Joe Farnsworth has been featured on the label's releases by Harold Mabern and David Hazeltine. Furthermore, one of the most recent titles is a headlining date for the legendary ...

Eric Alexander: Chicago Fire

Read "Chicago Fire" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When weighing the merits of tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, two words spring readily to mind: prolific and consistent. Alexander, an implacable workhorse even in his mid-40s, has since 1992 recorded no less than thirty-seven albums as leader of his own groups and appeared on many others as a sideman. As for consistency, Alexander has been widely ...