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Dida Pelled: Telling Stories And Serving Songs

Read "Dida Pelled: Telling Stories And Serving Songs" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When it comes to music, Dida Pelled doesn't discriminate. This young guitarist-vocalist--a doe-eyed ingénue in appearance, a mature artist in reality--has proven to be an inimitable double-threat who's more concerned with serving a song and doing justice to the music than fitting into a neat little stylistic box. She's equally comfortable playing straight-up jazz at Smalls ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Colonic Youth, Andy Farber, Tal Ronen & Paquito D'Rivera

Read "Colonic Youth, Andy Farber, Tal Ronen & Paquito D'Rivera" reviewed by Martin Longley

Colonic Youth
Trans-Pecos
December 22, 2014

In the wintry wasteland, the new-ish Trans-Pecos venue did not seem to boast a particularly peachy set-up. It may or may not still be operated by Todd P, normally known as a promoter of slightly swerved rock outfits, and there were tales of this ...

Dot Time Records: Placing the Artist in the Center

Read "Dot Time Records: Placing the Artist in the Center" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

One of the problems with the record industry is the potential distance between label owners and artists. This is especially the case with major labels, where there are many people involved in music production who care more about sales than the vision of the artist.

Then there's a label like Dot Time Records ...

Ari Erev: A Handful of Changes

Read "A Handful of Changes" reviewed by Edward Blanco

On his previous recording, About Time (CDBABY, 2008), Israeli pianist Ari Erev led a jazz piano trio in a blend of standards featuring the music of Bill Evans. In continuing his exploration of jazz, Erev engineers A Handful of Changes, affirming what he once stated: “My music has evolved during the past few years." With this ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hetty Kate: Kissing Bug

Read "Kissing Bug" reviewed by Edward Blanco

British-born, Australian-based vocalist Hetty Kate leads three bands in Melbourne, recording several albums of western swing and lounge-style music. Kissing Bug is her first foray into jazz, showcasing standards from some of her favorite composers, like Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Johnny Richards and Billy Strayhorn. With only five tracks, the effort qualifies as an EP, serving ...

Dida Pelled: Plays and Sings

Read "Plays and Sings" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Youthful precociousness is one thing. There is typically an element of immaturity present. Fully developed and evolved at a young age is something else entirely. Israeli Dida Pelled has emerged fully formed as singer and instrumental soloist in New York City, after completing her obligation to the Israeli military and relocating there (not unlike fellow countryman/saxophonist ...

Dida Pelled: Plays And Sings

Read "Plays And Sings" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While no “one size fits all" prescription exists for molding and educating unique artists, some schools seem to have an exceptional track record. A large segment of the who's who of jazz greats from Detroit went through Cass Technical High School and more than a few Texas jazz titans received their education at Booker T. Washington ...