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Six on Cellar Live

Read "Six on Cellar Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cory Weeds' record label Cellar Live has become a welcome home to straight-ahead mainstream jazz in the same way that Arbors Records has been the beacon for traditional jazz and swing. Think Norman Granz's Pablo label tele-transported deep into the 21st Century. Six recent releases illuminate Cellar Live's importance to jazz as a whole and to ...


Jon Mayer: Live at the Athenaeum

Read "Live at the Athenaeum" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Pianist Jon Mayer has been quietly building his considerable discography over the last 25 years. Live at the Athenaeum joins eight previous releases that include, Full Circle (Reservoir Music, 2002); So Many Stars (Reservoir Music, 2007); Nightscape (Reservoir Music, 2009); and The Art of the Ballad (UDJ, 2014). These releases more than solidify Mayer's bona fides ...


P.J. Perry Quartet: Alto Gusto

Read "Alto Gusto" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Scanning an album that bears the name Alto Gusto, a prospective listener may be forgiven for assuming that it consists of a series of upbeat themes designed to cause toes to tap, fingers to snap and the heart rate to soar. And once it becomes clear that that is not what Canadian alto saxophonist P.J. Perry's ...


Jon Mayer: The Art of the Ballad

Read "The Art of the Ballad" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Jon Mayer not John Mayer. This particular Mayer is a jazz pianist currently living on the West Coast who has been plying his Jazz trade in one form or another since the mid-1950s. Early on, Mayer played on two notable sessions: alto saxophonist Jackie McLean's Strange Blues (Prestige, 1957) and on the John Coltrane sessions recorded ...

Cheryl Bentyne and Mark Winkler: West Coast Cool

Read "Cheryl Bentyne and Mark Winkler:  West Coast Cool" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In 2010, jazz vocal specialists Cheryl Bentyne and Mark Winkler began a collaboration that resulted in a live show entitled West Coast Cool that they presented at different venues on the West Coast and beyond. Summit Records commits this show to digital with an album of the same title that is something special. While programming a ...


Jackie Ryan: Listen Here

Read "Listen Here" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

There exists an intersection point in a vocal recording where four elements coalesce in excellence to produce a superb recording: the vocal, instrumental, material and sonic. Singer Jackie Ryan's Listen Here exists on this very point. AAJ critic Dan Bilawsky addressed the first two elements in his thoughtful review of Listen Here, calling Ryan, “a force ...


Gold Medalists Abound at Big Band Olympics

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As this is being written, Betty and I are just back from a ten-day visit to California, the first six days of which would be of absolutely no interest to readers of this column. The last four, however, were spent at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel attending the L.A. Jazz Institute's “Big Band Olympics," which ...


Jon Mayer: Nightscape

Read "Nightscape" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Jon Mayer was working professionally as a jazz pianist as a teen back in the '50s, while attending the Manhattan School of Music. As well as working as a sideman with Tony Scott, Kenny Dorham, Chet Baker, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Sarah Vaughan and others, along with taking part in record dates with John Coltrane ...


JazzWeek Radio Chart: October 12, 2009

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 1 2 Roy Hargrove Big Band Emergence (Emarcy) 252 232 +20 2 57 1 8 2 2 17 Poncho Sanchez Psychedelic Blues (Concord) 232 194 +38 9 57 2 3 3 8 14 Gerald Wilson Orchestra Detroit (Mack Avenue) 190 165 +25 5 49 3 3 4 6 4 James Moody 4A (IPO Recordings) 189 171 +18 2 52 4 7 5 3 1 Jackie Ryan Doozy (Open Art) 186 191 -5 0 51 1 12 6 10 — Cedar Walton Voices Deep Within (HighNote) 174 162 +12 7 53 6 2 7 5 10 Robert Glasper Double Booked (Blue Note) 167 172 -5 3 46 5 8 8 11 3 Roberta Gambarini So In Love (Emarcy) 166 160 +6 2 51 3 7 9 14 — Eric Alexander Revival Of The Fittest (HighNote) 157 141 +16 5 44 9 2 10 17 22 Rodney Jones A Thousand Small Things (18th & Vine) 155 123 +32 0 41 6 5 11 9 21 Christian McBride & Inside Straight ...


Jon Mayer: Nightscape

Read "Nightscape" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

New York-born, Los Angeles-based pianist Jon Mayer began his musical career in the New York jazz scene of the 1950s and 1960s. He has a long and distinguished pedigree, including work with Jackie McLean and John Coltrane, but his first recording as leader came as late as 1996, with Round Up The Usual Suspects (Pullen Music). ...