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Mason Razavi: Quartet Plus, Volume 2

Read "Quartet Plus, Volume 2" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

If “Riverbed," which opens Mason Razavi's burnished sequel to Quartet Plus (First Orbit Sounds, 2014) were a doorway, it would welcome listeners like guests of honor to an intimate yet lively gathering of close friends and family. Such is the feeling of hospitality and warmth that pervades this thoroughly nourishing album. Over this and the next ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mason Razavi: Quartet Plus, Volume 2

Read "Quartet Plus, Volume 2" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “plus" in San Francisco Bay area-based guitarist Mason Razavi's CD Quartet Plus, Volume 2 is a front line consisting of trumpet, trombone and three reeds, which on the second half of the album more than doubles the size of Razavi's quartet. There are many ways that could be done. For example, the nonet tracks might ...

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Fred Randolph: Song Without Singing

Read "Song Without Singing" reviewed by Edward Blanco

In demand San Francisco Bay Area-based educator, composer and bassist Fred Randolph unveils his third album as leader, Songs Without Singing containing ten innovative originals and one cover tune recorded with his working quintet and other Bay Area musicians. A fixture in San Francisco's vibrant jazz scene and a member of Orquesta Dharma, the Melanthium Ensemble ...

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Tommy Igoe: The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy

Read "The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Known as one of the best drummers in the jazz world today, Tommy Igoe is also one of the most in-demand musicians around and since 2006, Igoe and the Birdland Big band have been holding residency at New York's Birdland Jazz Club which apparently, is not enough to keep the drummer grounded. Igoe now lives in ...

Stan Kenton Alumni Band / Dave Lisik Orchestra / New Zealand School of Music Big Band

Read "Stan Kenton Alumni Band / Dave Lisik Orchestra / New Zealand School of Music Big Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Stan Kenton Alumni Band Have Band Will Travel Summit Records 2010 There was a time (often referred to as “the good old days") when the phrase Have Band Will Travel would have been commonplace, as popular touring bands traversed the country on an almost daily basis to brave ...

Mike Vax Big Band / Dave Siebels / Phil Woods / London Horn Sound

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Mike Vax Big Band Sounds from the Road Summit Records 2009 As Bob Hope and Bing Crosby entertained millions with their “road" movies in the 1940s, so the Mike Vax Big Band has its own “road show," arguably as entertaining but playing to much smaller audiences than Hope ...


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