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A Conversation with LehCats

Read "A Conversation with LehCats" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

LehCats' latest release, Movement to Egalitaria, is a collection of songs that come together to engender an achievable vision of a fairer society. Join me and this fantastic musical couple, Karen Stachel and Norbert Stachel, as we talk about the making of the album, discrimination in the world of classical music, the Bay area, and other ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Barranquijazz 2015: Trombone Heaven in the Tropics

Read "Barranquijazz 2015: Trombone Heaven in the Tropics" reviewed by Mark Holston

It's impossible to know beforehand what individual performance at a multi-day jazz festival will be remembered as a certifiable highlight. Sometimes the key factor that makes such a magic moment possible is unpredictable and comes out of the blue. At Colombia's recent annual Barranquijazz Festival, the curiosity of a festival staff member led to a particularly ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Colombian Festivals: Exotic Jazz Cocktails

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As the season of summer jazz festivals in the U.S. winds down to a precious few, including California's iconic, mid-September Monterey Jazz Festival, the eyes and ears of seasoned aficionados may be focused on options in other lands. Don't be surprised if an increasing number of North American fans will find much to their liking in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bill O'Connell: Imagine

Read "Imagine" reviewed by John Ephland

Bill O'Connell's version of the standard “Willow Weep For Me" is one of those rare items: playing totally against type as a Latin burner with that classic, mesmerizing two-chord piano vamp, the only thing missing would be someone actually trying to sing this lament amidst the happy sprawl of players and arrangement O'Connell's dished up. Unlike ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Conrad Herwig: The Latin Side Of Joe Henderson

Read "The Latin Side Of Joe Henderson" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

So what makes The Latin Side Of Joe Henderson different from trombonist Conrad Herwig's previous Latin Side albums? Well, for starters, Herwig played with Henderson for several years, an experience which gave him great insight into the music and the man who made it. Then there's the material itself. Henderson's music, more so than that of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bill O'Connell + The Latin Jazz All-Stars: Zócalo

Read "Zócalo" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Latin jazz piano dynamo Bill O'Connell found a parallel between this gathering and Zócalo, the main plaza situated in the center of Mexico City; that square has long been a place where people meet to connect, celebrate and join together as one, and the same sense of togetherness and unity associated with that spot surrounds this ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Conrad Herwig: New York City, NY, July 25, 2012

Read "Conrad Herwig: New York City, NY, July 25, 2012" reviewed by Emilie Pons

Conrad Herwig Quintet
The Blue Note
New York, NY
July 25, 2012

During the last week of July, 2012, at New York City's Blue Note club, trombonist Conrad Herwig performed with his quintet, also featuring trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber, pianist Bill O'Connell, bassist Ruben Rodriguez, drummer Robby Ameen and conguero/percussionist Richie Flores. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bill O'Connell: Triple Play Plus Three

Read "Triple Play Plus Three" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Bill O'Connell's Triple Play (Savant, 2008) turned traditional notions of piano trio instrumentation on their head, and this album is a logical outgrowth and expansion of that particular project. While that outing had a consistent three man line-up that married O'Connell's piano with conga drummer/percussionist Richie Flores' engaging rhythm work and the fine flute playing ...

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Bill O'Connell: Rhapsody in Blue

Read "Rhapsody in Blue" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Don't let the title, Rhapsody in Blue, fool you. Pianist Bill O'Connell isn't doing an album-length tribute to Gershwin. The title song is just one of three covers in this ten-track set; he rest are O'Connell originals.

“Monk's Cha-Cha" features alto saxophonist Steve Slagle. Dave Samuels follows O'Connell with a solo. Bassist Luques Curtis, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bill O'Connell: Rhapsody In Blue

Read "Rhapsody In Blue" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Internationally recognized composer/pianist Bill O'Connell has long been associated with Latin jazz, having established and cemented his reputation in the genre with past recordings like Black Sand (Random Chance, 2001) and Latin Jazz Fantasy (Random Chance, 2004). However the classically trained O'Connell is also well adept at playing other forms of jazz, including hard bop and ...