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Barry Harris, Bob Brookmeyer and Chet Baker @ 90 – Bob James @ 80

Read "Barry Harris, Bob Brookmeyer and Chet Baker @ 90 – Bob James @ 80" reviewed by Marc Cohn

December birthdays on G&M! Some big numbers for the living and those who caught the bus. Still with us are pianists Barry Harris at 90 and Bob James at 80. Among those who are with us in sound and memory are trumpeter Chet Baker and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer who would have turned 90. We also ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Tull: texting and driving

Read "texting and driving" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Wallflower. The word has zero application to describe jazz drummer, vocalist and composer/arranger/producer, Dave Tull. He's more like a Venus Fly-Trap of talent, devouring all those activities and offering a keen eye for life's surrealities. He demos all on his second CD, texting and driving. It might just be what's needed for a long, endless drive ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Howard Johnson Celebrates His 75th With New CD And Concert At The Jazz Museum In Harlem on Sunday, January 29th at 2:30pm

Howard Johnson Celebrates His 75th With New CD And Concert At The Jazz Museum In Harlem on Sunday, January 29th at 2:30pm

Sun, January 29, 2017 2:30 PM- 5:00 PM EST The National Jazz Museum in Harlem 58 West 129th Street New York, NY 10027 Featuring: Howard Johnson: baritone saxophone, tuba, penny whistle; Yayoi Ikawa: piano; Melissa Slocum: bass; Newman Taylor Baker: drums. Testimony includes eight tunes ranging from soulful to funky ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Marina Crouse At The Sound Room

Read "Marina Crouse At The Sound Room" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Marina Crouse The Sound Room First Time Out Oakland, CA January 30, 2016 Talented East Bay vocalist Marina Crouse and her superb band lit up the intimate Sound Room with her distinctive brand of rhythm and blues on this chilly Saturday evening. The night was filled with a soulful blend ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nicolas Bearde: Invitation

Read "Invitation" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Bay-area vocalist Nicolas Bearde belongs to an exclusive club: male jazz singers. I suspect, being scientifically minded, that submissions from male jazz singers make up approximately 10% of the music I receive for review. While in may be impolitic to discuss, it remains a fact. Not only are there few male jazz singers, there a fewer ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ray Obiedo: There Goes That

Read "There Goes That" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Noted guitarist Ray Obiedo's There Goes That (Rhythmus Records) is his first album since 1999's Modern World (Domo Records). Over his 4 decades plus career, Obeido has worked with an impressive Who's Who List of musicians including: Herbie Hancock, Bobbi Humphrey, George Duke, The Whispers, Brenda Russell, Pete Escovedo, Grover Washington, Jr., The Rippingtons and Lou ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Kevin Ahart

Read "Take Five With Kevin Ahart" reviewed by Kevin Ahart

Meet Kevin Ahart: I'm a native of Austin, Texas but swapped my cowboy boots for a tuxedo when, at age five, I started singing the Great American Songbook--I've been at it ever since. My debut album, Let's Take the World featuring Jane Monheit and Jeff Franzel, and recorded by Phil Ramone, is out June 23--you ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Colella/Putter Smith: Lotus Blossom

Read "Lotus Blossom" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Lotus Blossom is an absorbing date that projects plaintive beauty, reflective moods, and introspective ideals. It's a meeting of two master musicians who engage in thoughtful conversation that's quietly emotive. Pianist Jeff Colella, who's worked with everybody from vocalist Lou Rawls to arranging-composing legend Bill Holman, and bassist Putter Smith, whose credits include ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Judy Wexler: What I See

Read "What I See" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

One of the deepest relationships in jazz blossomed on the West Coast in the 1950s, when singer June Christy and arranger Pete Rugolo combined their gifts on numerous albums. Christy supplied the voice and the heart, which Rugolo set off to perfection with exquisite, often surprising arrangements. The deep understanding between the two artists was particularly ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Chris Parker Trio: The Chris Parker Trio

Read "The Chris Parker Trio" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Chris Parker has a to-die-for résumé. Over the past four decades, he's worked with everybody from the The Brecker Brothers to Miles Davis and Laura Nyro to Lou Rawls, taking a genre-blind approach to drumming that continues to serve him well. As a sideman, he's made his mark time and again with a who's who ...


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