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Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band: Certain Relationships

Read "Certain Relationships" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Drummer Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band continues to spread sunshine and happiness on Certain Relationships, an album recorded in three sessions spanning the half-dozen years between 2005-2011. Of the fifteen selections, nine are vocals --by Pete McGuinness, Hilary Gardner, Andrea Wolper, Mary Foster Conklin or Dominique Eade. In Lillard's optimistic eyes, even the blues are gladsome ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

George Gee Swing Orchestra: Swing Makes You Happy!

Read "Swing Makes You Happy!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Swing Makes You Happy! isn't just an album title: it's a mantra and belief system that guides the George Gee Swing Orchestra, a little big band intent on rekindling the ear's love affair with music associated with a bygone era.

Gee has been in the big band business for more than three decades, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

George Gee: Swing Makes You Happy!

Read "Swing Makes You Happy!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The George Gee Swing Orchestra swings in the manner of Gee's friend and mentor, Count Basie, albeit on a somewhat smaller scale (Gee's group numbers only eleven, and that includes vocalists Hilary Gardner and John Dokes). Even so, the Basie spirit is ever-present, and if Swing Makes You Happy, Gee's eighth album as leader (and first ...

Lucian Ban, Mat Maneri, Enrico Rava, Rock Candy Funk Party & Michael Hashim

Read "Lucian Ban, Mat Maneri, Enrico Rava, Rock Candy Funk Party & Michael Hashim" reviewed by Martin Longley

Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri
The Rubin Museum Of Art
June 7, 2013


This was the first in a three-part series where the Rubin's acoustic-only theatre was taken over by artists from the ECM label, all of them celebrating the release of new albums. It was an ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Record-Busting 100+ Bassists Serenade Tivoli

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Record-Busting 100+ Bassists Serenade Tivoli

The seeds were planted by Oscar Pettiford, the seminal American cellist and bassist who put down roots in Copenhagen in 1958, and by the homegrown virtuoso Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, who played his vintage Italian bass like the nimblest-fingered guitarist when he wasn't bowing like Giovanni Bottesini. In August, 2012, the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mike LeDonne: Where There’s Smoke

Read "Mike LeDonne:  Where There’s Smoke" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Mike LeDonne has more than made his mark in jazz over the years, on both piano and organ. One of the New York jazz scene's premier instrumentalists, he's long been a favorite of fellow musicians. “He is incredible," said the late Oscar Peterson, who once described how he would rush to hear LeDonne play every night ...

Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble: A Fresh Take

Read "A Fresh Take" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

A Fresh Take is Eugene Marlow's third album of songs from the Hebrew tradition. It builds on the foundation of the excellent Celebrations (MEII Enterprises, 2010) but rather than extending the Heritage Ensemble's repertoire still further, it reworks the tunes on the 2006 debut, Making The Music Our Own (MEII Enterprises). It's unusual to find a ...

Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble: Celebrations

Read "Celebrations" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il sottotitolo di questo album, inciso a New York nel maggio 2010, parla di “interpretazioni di melodie festive di repertorio ebraico". Klezmer, quindi, magari con venature jazzistiche? Quasi per niente: questa è musica della massima leggerezza (non proprio nell'accezione migliore del termine...) in cui le succitate melodie virano verso colori non di rado latineggianti, comunque sempre ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble: Celebrations

Read "Celebrations" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Celebrations, the Heritage Ensemble's second album following Making The Music Our Own (MEII Enterprises, 2006), is subtitled Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble Interprets Festive Melodies From The Hebraic Songbook. The review copy arrived with a polite but serious covering letter rather than the usual hyperbolic press release. The album's closing track is a lecture by bandleader and ...