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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Cheek to Cheek

Read "Cheek to Cheek" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Cheek to Cheek, a four CD box set, collects three classic albums from Verve Records featuring Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald: Ella and Louis (1956), Ella And Louis Again (1957) and Porgy And Bess (1958).

This sequence began before rock and roll had deepened its roots--in spite of the Elvis Presley blossoming--and before The ...

Bettye LaVette: Things Have Changed

Read "Things Have Changed" reviewed by Doug Collette

Bettye LaVette's Things Have Changed isn't merely a homage to Bob Dylan, it is also a remarkable combination of invention and polish, as arresting in production, arrangement and playing as in the novel choice of songs. The venerable r&b/soul vocalist collaborates with an esteemed roster of musicians, overseen by producer/drummer Steve Jordan (Keith Richards, Boz Scaggs), ...

Oscar Peterson: Oscar Peterson Plays

Read "Oscar Peterson Plays" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson (1925-2007) was just starting what turned out to be terrific career in 1951 when jazz impresario extraordinaire Norman Granz took him into the studio to record Plays Cole Porter (Clef Records, 1952). Granz had a grand plan: To have this then-promising jazz pianist record a number of albums under the Oscar Peterson ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Funny Face" 60th Anniversary Celebrated With Deluxe, Expanded Version Of Soundtrack via Verve Records/UMe

"Funny Face" 60th Anniversary Celebrated With Deluxe, Expanded Version Of Soundtrack via Verve Records/UMe

60th ANNIVERSARY OF “FUNNY FACE” CELEBRATED WITH DELUXE, EXPANDED VERSION OF SOUNDTRACK FROM CLASSIC FILM STARRING FRED ASTAIRE AND AUDREY HEPBURN ORIGINAL 13 SELECTIONS ARE FULLY RESTORED AND AUGMENTED BY EIGHT PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED BONUS TRACKS To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the classic Audrey Hepburn/Fred Astaire musical film, “Funny Face,” Verve Records/UMe is releasing an expanded ...

Miles Mosley: Uprising

Read "Uprising" reviewed by Andrea Murgia

La prima metà del 2017 si è rivelata veramente pienissima per i musicisti che gravitano attorno a Kamasi Washington. Dopo il ritorno di Thundercat, l'esordio di suo fratello Ronald Bruner Jr., l'opera prima di Cameron Graves e il ritorno roboante di Kendrick Lamar è il turno ora di Miles Mosley. Bassista, contrabbassista e cantante (notevole) nonché ...

Ella Fitzgerald: 100 Songs For A Centennial

Read "Ella Fitzgerald: 100 Songs For A Centennial" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Blessed with an instantly recognizable voice full of youthful exuberance and a three-octave range, noted for its pristine and pure tone, the legendary jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald is, along with singer Billie Holiday, the most important singer of the 20th century. She has been called “The Undisputed Queen of Jazz Singing" or “The First Lady of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The NOLA Players: Christmastime in New Orleans

Read "Christmastime in New Orleans" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

As valuable as the Marsalis family is to the New Orleans jazz community, their creative presence is so dense that most music made in NOLA will be drawn into their sonic orbit. This is not a bad thing, but neither is a little heterogeneity. This is what makes The NOLA Players' Christmastime in New Orleans such ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gianni Bardaro, Pierluigi Villani: Next Stop

Read "Next Stop" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Progetto a nome del batterista napoletano Pierluigi Villani e del sassofonista di Formia (ma residente a Bogotà dopo anni di vita a Copenaghen) Gianni Bardaro, Next Stop è in un certo senso la prosecuzione su altre strade del precedente lavoro dei due, Unfolding Routes, uscito nel 2013 con partner diversi.

Qui troviamo un disco ...

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Nuove cantanti bussano alla porta

Read "Nuove cantanti bussano alla porta" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Questo decennio sembra essere uno dei più affollati dalla presenza di voci femminili jazzisticamente orientate. Pur avendo radici etniche ed esperienze personali diverse, queste cinque giovani cantanti s'ispirano -cercando motivi personali -alla tradizione delle grandi protagoniste di jazz e soul music, tra brani originali e interpretazioni del classico songbook statunitense.
Alcune vocalist sono ancora degli ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Antonio Faraò: Boundaries

Read "Boundaries" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Le sontuose armonizzazioni, e la vivace forza improvvisativa sono i punti di forza di Boundaries, l'ultimo CD di Antonio Faraò. Soprattutto nei due standard interpretati, il pianista romano si abbandona al piacere di suonare nel tentativo di sfuggire alla mera dimostrazione di virtuosismo, offrendone una rilettura personale, carica di espressività e feeling jazzistico.

“Maiden ...