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Content by tag "Kari-On Productions"

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Phil DeGreg: Queen City Blues

Read "Queen City Blues" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Jaunty recordings like pianist Phil DeGreg's latest Queen City Blue are what we all need from time to time to just kick back and catch our breath for a few minutes or drive from here to there without all the pressing needs, traffic roadblocks, and political wrong-headedness closing in. No grand statements, no big names. Just ...

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Andy Adamson Quintet: First Light

Read "First Light" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Self-taught keyboardist/composer Andy Adamson hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has been active in Ann Arbor and Detroit for over fifty years, playing many styles of music: Cuban folk music with Melodioso, jump blues with Dick Siegel & His Ministers of Melody, funk with Norma Jean Bell and the All Stars, rhythm and blues with the ...

3Divas: 3Divas

Read "3Divas" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The DIVA Jazz Orchestra has been around for some years but this is a first time recording for its current rhythm section, Jackie Warren on piano, Amy Shook on bass and DIVA's founder and leader, Sherrie Maricle on drums.

The immediate impression from this CD is that these women have a great time playing ...

Troy Roberts: Tales & Tones

Read "Tales & Tones" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Troy Roberts is a saxophonist from Australia who has made his way in America working with the likes of Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain" Watts and Joey DeFrancesco. On this CD he demonstrates a forceful saxophone sound married to original ideas in rhythm and tempo.

Roberts' plays deep, swooping sax mostly over tricky, pounding beats set ...

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Carol Morgan: Post Cool: Vol 1 The Night Shift

Read "Post Cool: Vol 1 The Night Shift" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Trumpeter Carol Morgan is an innovative musician with an explorative sense and a unique and easily recognizable style. On the first installment of her Post Cool: Vol. 1 The Night Shift she tackles bop-based, nocturnal themed, pieces that she and her quartet exquisitely interpret.

Morgan and her sidemen deftly deconstruct trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie's famous ...

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Carol Morgan Quartet: Carol Morgan Quartet - Post Cool Vol. 1 The Night Shift

Read "Carol Morgan Quartet - Post Cool Vol. 1 The Night Shift" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

New York City-based trumpet player--composer Carol Morgan...wait a minute. This introduction would be all well and good...but, Carol Morgan did not originally come from New York City...She came from...Texas. Morgan might be considered the Godmother of “Houston Jazz Mafia," a group of young (and not so young) musicians that includes multi-instrumentalists Henry Darragh and Alisha Pattillo, ...

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Nicole Saphos: Tiptoe

Read "Tiptoe" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Nicole Saphos is a bassist, singer and composer based in Washington, DC who, like a lot of younger musicians, is willing to mix rock influences into her music as significantly as straight-ahead jazz. On her debut CD, Tiptoe, she fronts a bass-guitar-drums trio in a suite of love songs comprised of standards, originals and a wild ...

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Leigh Pilzer: Strunkin'

Read "Strunkin'" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Leigh Pilzer is a baritone saxophonist from the Washington, DC area who has made a busy career for herself teaching, playing in various small groups and holding down the baritone chair in the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra and the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra. On this, her first CD as a leader, she ...

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Gene Ess: Absurdist Theater

Read "Absurdist Theater" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

On this CD guitarist Gene Ess and his group Fractal Attraction have put together an intelligent fusion of jazz, folk and rock concepts led by the glassy clarity of Ess' guitar and the calm beauty of Thana Alexa's voice. Alexa's rising and falling wordless tones are the first thing heard on the disc and they lead ...

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Kayle Brecher: This is Life

Read "This is Life" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Kayle Brecher is in the lineage of jazz singers like Sheila Jordan and Lisa Sokolov who use their voices as a serpentine instrument that slides through and around melodies as deftly as any jazz instrumentalist. On this CD she does her thing on a number of jazz standards, improvisations and original songs.

She performs ...