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NEWS: RECORDING

Mark Winkler And Cheryl Bentyne Team Up Again In Eastern Standard Time

Mark Winkler And Cheryl Bentyne Team Up Again In Eastern Standard Time

Vocalists Mark Winkler and Cheryl Bentyne go together like champagne and caviar. Bentyne is a long-time mainstay of the iconic group The Manhattan Transfer. She is also a solo performer with over a dozen CDs under her own name. Winkler is a 2018 Downbeat Rising Male Vocalist and a popular lyricist. He has recorded 16 CDs, ...

David Ricard Big Band: Parallels

Read "Parallels" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Whatever else the fates may decree, fortune must be smiling when one can open a big-band album with the workaday theme from “Spider-Man" and make it shine. Bassist David Ricard is fortune's beneficiary here, as are those partisans who are lucky enough to chance upon Parallels, Ricard's third and most recent treatise on big-band excellence. Whereas ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Grant Geissman's New Book Feldstein: The Mad Life And Fantastic Art Of Al Feldstein

Grant Geissman's New Book Feldstein: The Mad Life And Fantastic Art Of Al Feldstein

In the opinion of many comic book aficionados, the greatest comics ever created were those published in the 1950s by Bill Gaines at EC Comics. Gaines’s creative right-hand man at EC was Al Feldstein, a triple threat artist/writer/editor. And after EC was forced by various guardians of morality to drop their comics in the mid-1950s, Feldstein shepherded ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Lorraine Feather: I Love You Guys

Read "Lorraine Feather: I Love You Guys" reviewed by Carl L. Hager

The great pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk, is credited with the remark that “writing about jazz is like dancing about architecture." But don't dash off and try to authenticate the quote. One, it'll just take you down a rabbit hole, and two, whether or not he ever actually uttered those words doesn't really matter. Because far ...

Lorraine Feather: Attachments

Read "Attachments" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Let's get this out up front: Lorraine Feather is a collaborator extraordinaire. Before taking that down a darker path and picturing black op sites, duct tape, and stubbly- faced bad cats, let's spill: take a masterful wordsmith who's also a sublime vocal talent, surround her with highly intelligent soundscapes and wrap with some of L.A.'s usual ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Getting To Know Peggy Duquesnel

Getting To Know Peggy Duquesnel

“Seems Like I Know You” EP due April 16th, first single features Lorber, Haslip and Braun Long Beach, CA (4 March 2013): Transitioning from straight-ahead jazz and inspirational music to showcase her skillset as a contemporary singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist Peggy Duquesnel got to know jazz fusion keyboard pioneer Jeff Lorber and bassist Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets) in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Grant Geissman: Bop! Bang! Boom!

Read "Bop! Bang! Boom!" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Grant Geissman's lengthy career as a guitarist and composer started in the early '70s. His résumé includes the guitar solo on flugelhornist Chuck Mangione's 1978 hit single “Feels So Good," a discography of around 15 albums as leader and compositions for TV such as the theme for the CBS comedy Two And A Half Men. Bop! ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Guitarist Grant Geissman's "Bop! Bang! Boom!" - July 17 Release On Futurism Records

Guitarist Grant Geissman's "Bop! Bang! Boom!" -  July 17 Release On Futurism Records

Eclectic new music from jazz guitarist/composer Grant Geissman, with special guests, including Albert Lee, Larry Carlton, Mike Finnigan, Russell Ferrante, Leland Sklar, and Van Dyke Parks. “From loping funk to boogaloo to earthy blues shuffles, with a haunting ballad, a beautiful samba and an urgently swinging post-bop romp thrown into the mix—along with touches of classical, flamenco ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Lorraine Feather

Read "Lorraine Feather" reviewed by Carl L. Hager

Like her contemporary Kurt Elling, Lorraine Feather is that rare jazz vocalist and lyricist who reinvents herself with every project. With the February 2012 release of Tales of the Unusual (Jazzed Media) comes a new self so different that casual fans may not recognize her at first. Some might feel challenged or mystified by these ambitious ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lorraine Feather: Tales of the Unusual

Read "Tales of the Unusual" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Vocalist Lorraine Feather is first and foremost, a lyricist. The daughter of jazz writer, composer, and producer, Leonard Feather, she has released a mess of recordings, all of which feature finely crafted songs composed from the same brew that gave rise to Tippo, Mississippi's Mose Allison and St. Paul, Minnesota's Dave Frishberg.

On ...