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The Interplay Jazz Orchestra: On The Sunny Side

Read "On The Sunny Side" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The third album from The Interplay Jazz Orchestra follows in its predecessors' footsteps, featuring all-original arrangements from musicians in the ranks and highlighting a deep and oft overlooked talent pool that, for the most part, rests east of the Big Apple. As on this group's previous dates, My Love You're Free (Self Produced, 2013) and Detour ...

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The Doctor’s New Year’s Eve Warmup

Read "The Doctor’s New Year’s Eve Warmup" reviewed by Marc Cohn

The confluence of the stars. Our “listeners' favorites" show and the infamous DrJ New Year's Eve warmup together! How greasy could it be? Well, very. We've got some of your favorites from Shows 341-350 as well as some funky stuff from older shows that got you resonated. No disco, though... sorry. But you can still crank ...

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Ornette@50, Bird vs. Hays & more

Read "Ornette@50, Bird vs. Hays & more" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We have a lot of ground to cover this week. After our starting half-hour of 21st century music, we have a compare/contrast of Charlie Parker versus a Kevin Hays deconstruction of “Scrapple from the Apple."

The day of broadcast on WHYR was Art Tatum's birthday; so we have a rare recording of an airshot ...

Andrew Gould: First Things First

Read "First Things First" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Free-wheeling and forward-thinking, young, native-New Yorker and one-time performer at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Andrew Gould makes his living on alto and soprano sax, but he blows wild like many a tenor-man before him, including his inspirations Joe Henderson and John Coltrane.

On First Things First, his broad and confident debut, high-wattage rules ...

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Dan Pugach: Plus One

Read "Plus One" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

On this debut CD, drummer Dan Pugach shows himself to be a composer and arranger who has mastered the art of making a group sound much bigger than it is. His nonet plays intricate and soulful jazz with the punch of a much bigger band.

Pugach is very good at using brawny up-tempo rhythms. ...

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Andrew Gould: First Things First

Read "First Things First" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There are many realities to the jazz scene in New York. If you check out the marquee listings at the swankiest clubs, you'll see certain names pop up again and again for a short run here or there. These men and women are most certainly an important part of the mix and draw, having paid their ...

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Jimmy O'Connell Sixtet: Arrhythmia

Read "Arrhythmia" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Trombonist Jimmy O'Connell has been slowly and steadily climbing the ladder of jazz success since leaving his Detroit home and arriving in New York in 2009. Over the course of his seven years in the Big Apple, O'Connell has had the opportunity to work with leading lights like trumpeter Randy Brecker and saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera, contribute ...

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‘Nuf Said: Rise

Read "Rise" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The music of 'Nuf Said is neither jazz nor funk nor soul nor rock. It's all of it and more. This New York-based quintet taps into each of those styles and mixes them all together to create a groove-heavy, stirring brand of music that's all its own.

Rise--'Nuf Said's second album, following My ...

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Interplay Jazz Orchestra: Detour

Read "Detour" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Making a big band album is no easy feat, what with the organizational aspects, the musical demands, and the costs associated with such a venture. But as difficult as all of that may be to deal with, the real trick is in sustaining and developing this type of ensemble. Extrinsic benefits for participation are few, as ...

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Eyal Vilner Big Band: Almost Sunrise

Read "Almost Sunrise" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Suddenly, it seems, the state of Israel has become a focal point and incubator for contemporary jazz. A new wave of world-class musicians led by the three Cohens (not to be confused with Broadway's three Cohans) has crossed the ocean to plant the Israeli flag firmly in the midst of what was once considered an unassailable ...