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ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz by Chris Becker

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Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz
Chris Becker
332 Pages
ISBN: # 978-0692543603
Beckeresque
2015

Houstonian writer and composer Chris Becker had a labor of love in mind when he set out to assemble his Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz. What may have begun ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

C. Michael Bailey's Best Releases of 2015

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It is easy this year, only vocal music...twelve months, twelve releases.

Lyn Stanley
Potions: From the '50s

We Baby Boomers are a persnickety bunch. We revel in our nostalgia while keeping a jaundiced eye on current trends and how derivative they are compared with those we experienced when ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tianna Hall: Hit Me with a Hot Note

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With Texas Troubadour Jacqui Sutton splitting her time between Texas and parts West and taking on roll of Houston Jazz Mafia consigliere and Aussie reeds-mistress capo regime Alisha Pattillo staking out the Gulf, vocalist Tianna Hall remains as the undisputed Godmother of this Houston Jazz family. Hall has decided, in the hellish climes of the Texas ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Cortez: Top Secret (For Your Ears Only)

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Houston, Texas is such a hot bed of jazz music that it has its own jazz mafia. However, as of late the Houston jazz mafia's Godmother, vocalist Tianna Hall has been letting several of her high-ranking officers get away. First to go was trumpeter capo regime Carol Morgan, who decided to start her own jazz “Family" ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Susan Krebs Chamber Band: Simple Gifts

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..."some bluesy piano soloing, hoedown string work, and more."

Dan Bilawsky in his AAJ review of Krebs' Simple Gifts

Yes, I think nothing of drawing inspiration from my betters on the AAJ staff when stuck on a review. I had reviewed Everything Must Change (GreenGig Music, 2012), finding the release ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Henry Darragh: Too Much Monday

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My introduction to Houston Jazz came with the receipt of Jacqui Sutton's Billie & Dolly (Toy Blue Typewriter Productions, 2010). A few short months later, I received Henry Darragh's Tell Her for Me (Self Produced, 2011). When I compared the musical personnel for each of these recordings, a light came on in my pea brain alerting ...

Some of my Best Friends are... Divas

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Bassist Ray Brown did a “Some Of My Best Friends Are..." series of recordings for Teldec shortly before his abrupt death in 2002. That bassist Colin Trusedell has chosen the same theme for his leader debut Some Of My Best Friends Are...Divas is the most auspicious thing about his release. What makes this disc one of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Olivia Foschi: Perennial Dreamer

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Vocalist Olivia Foschi joins a group of young singers intent on changing the jazz vocals landscape by framing standards in anything other than standard ways. Tierney Sutton is the leader of this new direction, followed by Gretchen Parlato, Jacqui Sutton, Laurie Antonioli and Renee Yoxon. Using the standard acoustic jazz ensembles, these singers use thoughtful arrangements ...

Raquel Cepeda: I'm Confessin'

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The Houston jazz mafia expands with vocalist Raquel Cepeda's I'm Confessin'. Cepeda joins the ranks of multi-instrumentalist Henry Darragh, singers Melissa Darragh, Tianna Hall, Jacqui Sutton and Danielle Reich, guitarist Paul Chester, trumpeter Dennis Dotson (who appears here), saxophonist Larry Slezak and (by extension), trumpeter Carol Morgan, Houston jazz mafiosi all. Cepeda adds eloquently to a ...

Someone's in the Kitchen With Genius

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When I am holed up in the 'Dome living the life of a nearly complete recluse (I do occasionally venture out to earn a living, and to buy beer and groceries and then more beer), one of my favorite pastimes is cooking. I first began learning to cook at the age of five, almost forty years ...