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Seven Women 2018 – Part VI

Read "Seven Women 2018 – Part VI" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Jazz vocals remains a vibrant and productive subgenre as evidenced by this spate of recent releases.

Diane Marino
Soul Serenade: The Gloria Lynne Project
M&M Records
2018

Singer Gloria Lynne had a long and productive career, one that remained unjustly in the shade, deserving of the attention that ...

Jazzing Up Childhood Memories

Read "Jazzing Up Childhood Memories" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Jazz musicians today sometimes draw on all sorts of popular culture for inspiration, including the television shows they grew up with. Here are two fine examples.

The Flying Horse Big Band
The Bat Swings!
Flying Horse Records
2018

The University of Central Florida's Flying Horse Big Band presents a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head Island - Roundup

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Joe Gransden & Kenny Banks
The Jazz Corner
Hilton Head Island, SC
February 2, 2018

Joe Gransden returned to The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head-Jazz Island February second and third, accompanied by pianist/composer Kenny Banks. Gransden is well-known on the island for his sixteen-piece big band performances, but there was a special ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

John Brackett Quartet at Redfish Restaurant

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John Brackett Quartet
Redfish Restaurant
Hilton Head Island
November 2017

Smoky-voiced singer John Brackett led a quartet at Redfish restaurant on Hilton Head, Wednesdays in November. John played piano together with Howard Paul, CEO of Benedetto Guitars, playing a guitar hand-built by his luthiers. On bass was singer Maggie Evans and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Keri Johnsrud: This Side Of Morning

Read "This Side Of Morning" reviewed by Ben Scholz

For her sophomore effort This Side Of Morning, vocalist Keri Johnsrud presents a collection of original material co-written with pianist Kevin Bales. Featuring a powerhouse band of jny: Chicago musicians including guitarist Neal Alger, bassist Larry Kohut, drummer Jon Deitemyer, and vibraphonist Stephen Lynerd, Keri explores a range of emotions in what amounts to a book ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

I Carry Your Heart: Alexis Cole Sings Pepper Adams

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Alexis Cole

I Carry Your Heart; Alexis Cole Sings Pepper Adams

Motema Music

2012

I Carry Your Heart; Alexis Cole Sings Pepper Adams is a stunning piece of work. The lyrics, pure poetry; the music, cerebral and swinging. This creation is even more amazing when seen as part of a five-volume production ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Will Goble

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Meet Will Goble:
Without fanfare, Will Goble is steadily carving out a unique space for himself as a bassist and bandleader. Driven by a genuine love for group interaction and a positive exchange with audiences, he leads his own bands and supports other musicians with equal energy and enthusiasm. His first album as a ...

René Marie: Black Lace Freudian Slip

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Rispetto al mare magnum delle odierne cantanti jazz, più attente al look che ai contenuti, René Marie spicca con lo splendore e l'autenticità di una gemma. In Italia è poco conosciuta anche se ha già inciso otto album, in una carriera iniziata nel 1999 all'età di quarant'anni. Cosa faceva prima? Nient'altro che la casalinga, in un menage familiare ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Bob Brookmeyer: Jack of All Trades, Master of Valves

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Bob Brookmeyer, a Renaissance man among jazz musicians who died December 15, 2011, four days before his eighty-second birthday, will be remembered as many things: composer, arranger, musician, educator, outspoken arbiter who brooked no nonsense and wasn't shy about letting others know when he believed they were not giving the music he loved the best they ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

René Marie: Voice of My Beautiful Country

Read "Voice of My Beautiful Country" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Ha messo la famiglia davanti a tutto. Perfino alla musica. Poi ha pensato che era giunto il tempo, non si è mai troppo vecchi a 40 anni, per far conoscere la sua voce al mondo. E ci è riuscita alla grande. Prima di allora lo faceva per pochi intimi e alle feste di matrimonio. Poco dopo, erano ...