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Content by tag "Tom Ranier"

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

David Finck: The Bass, Scatting Offenses, and the Back Hoe

Read "David Finck: The Bass, Scatting Offenses, and the Back Hoe" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

David Finck is not only a first-call bassist with a long resume of high-profile recordings and gigs, but he's one of the most versatile musicians on any instrument. Finck has been in the studio, touring, and/or sharing the world's greatest stages with everyone from Andre Previn to Ivan Lins, Woody Herman to Natalie Cole and Kenny ...

Sal Lozano: Everything's Gonna Be Great

Read "Everything's Gonna Be Great" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If you're looking for a superlative one-man saxophone section, better call Sal (Lozano). And if you need some dazzling charts to make that section shine, better phone Tom (Kubis, that is). After spending years as one of Southern California's leading sidemen, Sal Lozano has at last recorded an album under his own name, one on which ...

Time Check: A Paucity of Riches?

Read "Time Check: A Paucity of Riches?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On May 18, Betty and I flew to Los Angeles to attend Time Check: A Buddy Rich Alumni Reunion, a four-day panorama sponsored by the L.A. Jazz Institute and held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, about a stone's throw or two from the LAX airport. We arrived early afternoon so we could also be present for ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Cat Conner: Cat House

Read "Cat House" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On Cat House, the follow-up to her superb debut album, Cat Tales, California-based vocalist Cat Conner shows again that she has the astuteness and chops to leave many other contemporary jazz vocalists floundering in her wake and gasping for air. This time around, Conner has chosen a baker's dozen of what she calls her “lucky tunes," ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Cat Conner: Cat House

Read "Cat House" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

West Coast Vocalist Cat Conner's debut recording, Cat Tales (Rhombus Records, 2012) was a critical highlight vocal recording of the year. Conner's grace and sophistication come from the same school that produced Shirley Horn, Rebecca Parris and Patti Wicks. She is a master of the slow ballad and that may be the least of her considerable ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Dr. Jack Cooper

Read "Take Five With Dr. Jack Cooper" reviewed by Dr. Jack Cooper

Meet Dr. Jack Cooper:
Jack Cooper, has a wide range of experience as a performer, composer, and educator. His most recent CD recording of his compositions/arrangements, Mists: The Music of Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra (Planet Arts Records, 2014) was released in August to critical acclaim in the Chicago Tribune and All About Jazz.

Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

Read "Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...

Ed Puddick Big Band / Frank Macchia / Rick Wald NY 16

Read "Ed Puddick Big Band / Frank Macchia / Rick Wald NY 16" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Ed Puddick Big Band

Guys & Dolls

Diving Duck Records

2010

The late Frank Loesser wrote at least 700 songs, more than a dozen of which are included in the score for the smash musical Guys and Dolls, which, believe it or not, opened on Broadway more than sixty years ago, ...

Frank Macchia: Son of Folk Songs for Jazzers

Read "Son of Folk Songs for Jazzers" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Composer/arranger Frank Macchia explores twelve more American folk songs and their reinterpretation through jazz on Son of Folk Songs for Jazzers, a follow-up to his critically acclaimed Folk Songs for Jazzers (Cacophony, 2010), for which he received his third Grammy nod in the Best Instrumental Arrangement category. As with the first album, Macchia uses a fourteen-piece ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Luther Hughes / Cannonball-Coltrane Project: Things Are Getting Better

Read "Things Are Getting Better" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Match the stylings of two of the most revered jazz saxophonists, and you're likely to come up with The Cannonball-Coltrane Project. This five-piece ensemble pays homage to Julian “Cannonball" Adderley and John Coltrane.

Bassist Luther Hughes says the idea came to him as he was listening to The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago (Mercury, ...


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