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Simon Pilbrow with the Brent Fischer Orchestra: Colours of Sound

Read "Colours of Sound" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Given the unusual circumstances behind its inception, the album Colours of Sound probably never should have made it to a recording studio. The fact that it did is a happenstance for which every big-band lover and jazz enthusiast should be thankful. The odyssey began in 2011 when Australian composer / pianist Simon Pilbrow wrote a letter ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Joanne Tatham Celebrates Her New CD, "The Rings Of Saturn," At Vitello's On May 4th!

Joanne Tatham Celebrates Her New CD, "The Rings Of Saturn," At Vitello's On May 4th!

Joanne Tatham celebrates the release of her new CD, The Rings of Saturn with a performance at Vitello's in Studio City on Friday, May 4th with one show at 7:30pm. Make Reservations Joanne has been receiving excellent reviews and national jazz radio airplay. Midwest Record says, “This vocalist pulls up a set card of jazz/pop classics ...

John Proulx: Say It

Read "Say It" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Vocalist/pianist John Proulx has previously released three exceptional recordings on the MAXJAZZ Label (now owned by Mack Avenue Records): Moon and Sand (2006); The Best Thing For You (2006); and Baker's Dozen: Remembering Chet Baker (2016). With the death of MAXJAZZ founder Richard McDonnell, Proulx elected to self-release his recording Say It. The recording is produced ...

John Proulx: Say It

Read "Say It" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

This fourth date from John Proulx clearly marks a new chapter in his career. After delivering three albums on the now-defunct MAXJAZZ imprint, and after a hiatus from recording under his own name, this triple-threat vocalist-pianist-composer returns with his first independently-produced offering. The music spotlights a man who's grown more comfortable in his skin and lived ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Acclaimed Pianist/Vocalist John Proulx Releases "Say It" On Artistshare

Acclaimed Pianist/Vocalist John Proulx Releases "Say It" On Artistshare

A lot of great things have happened in John Proulx’s life. He recorded three albums on the MAXJAZZ label, played with some amazing musicians and toured extensively, making many friends and fans across the country. But after the owner of MAXJAZZ passed away and the catalogue was sold to Mack Avenue Records, Proulx decided it was ...

Roberta Piket: West Coast Trio

Read "West Coast Trio" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This album brings together New York-based pianist Roberta Piket with two outstanding musicians from the Los Angeles area: bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz and drummer Joe La Barbera. Hence the title “Roberta Piket: West Coast Trio." To spice things up, Piket brought along her long-time cohort Billy Mintz on percussion on one track, and special guest guitarist Larry ...

ARTICLE: THE JAZZ LIFE

Getting Past (E)Go

Read "Getting Past (E)Go" reviewed by Peter Rubie

I like to play squash, and the best advice a pro ever gave me was this: “Hit the ball in the middle of the racquet." Do you have any idea how difficult that simple piece of advice is to master?

Not so long ago, a friend (Brent Vaartstra) posted a great podcast about overcoming ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sinne Eeg: Dreams

Read "Dreams" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Danish vocalist Sinne Eeg has a mature, pliable voice that shows traces of singers like Peggy Lee and Sheila Jordan in its contours and sound. She is a long-established presence in her home country but Dreams is only her second album to be released in America. For the occasion she has put together a solid cast ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Five Women XI – Cheryl Bentyne, Hilary Gardner, Sinne Eeg, Fay Victor, Andrea Marr

Read "Five Women XI – Cheryl Bentyne, Hilary Gardner, Sinne Eeg, Fay Victor, Andrea Marr" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cheryl Bentyne
Rearrangements of Shadows: The Music of Stephen Sondheim
Artist Share Records
2017

Sometimes, a gathering of our better angels happens, resulting in an exceptional event. In the present case, these better angels are: post-bop jazz, jazz arrangement, Stephen Sondheim and the irrepressible Cheryl Bentyne. All of these elements are ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Stunt Records in the Spotlight: Enrico Pieranunzi and Sinne Eeg

Read "Stunt Records in the Spotlight: Enrico Pieranunzi and Sinne Eeg" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

For a long time, Stunt Records has released high quality music from the Danish jazz scene, some albums have gone on to become classics while others have just pleased those in the know. In terms of genres, Stunt is a curious label with an ear for many genres, including avant-garde, world music, funk and fusion, but ...