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Alicyn Yaffee: Someone Else

Read "Someone Else" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Dyspeptic in my late 50s, in a fit of self-pity, I have said, “Youth is wasted on the young." That is so much sour grapes on my part given to a questionably-misspent youth. What I wish for the young, sadly tilting at Mother Nature's windmills, is to remain young forever. I certainly wish this for vocalist/guitarist/composer ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Omar Sosa Residency at SFJAZZ

Read "Omar Sosa Residency at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Omar Sosa Residency
SFJAZZ
Spring Season
San Francisco, CA
April 21-23, 2017

“You don't really listen to an Omar Sosa concert so much as experience it. The Cuban-born pianist's overall demeanor exudes a sense of calm and deep reflection, while a spiritual connection to music and his ancestors comes ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ian Faquini e Paula Santoro: Metal Na Madeira

Read "Metal Na Madeira" reviewed by Jim Trageser

For most of us in the United States, mentioning “Brazil" in a musical conversation connotes bossa nova or samba--which is a bit like describing all American music as blues or country.

Expertise in the music of Brazil is the work of a lifetime; much as with the United States, each region has its own ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jim Norton Collective: Time Remembered: Compositions of Bill Evans

Read "Time Remembered: Compositions of Bill Evans" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The late Bill Evans was so celebrated a pianist that even some partisans may overlook the fact that he was also a splendid composer with a number of oft-revisited jazz themes to his credit. Saxophonist / arranger Jim Norton hasn't forgotten, and has entrusted Time Remembered, his debut album as leader of the Jim Norton Collective, ...

Natalie Cressman & Secret Garden: Unfolding

Read "Unfolding" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Imagine what it would be like to grow up in a household in which both parents are exceptional jazz musicians, a childhood completely immersed in live music and performance. Natalie Cressman, daughter of vocalist Sandy Cressman and trombonist Jeff Cressman, has had just such an upbringing, and her debut album Unfolding indicates that she is making ...

Sandra Marlowe: True Blue

Read "True Blue" reviewed by Edward Blanco

With the plethora of female jazz vocalist turning out new albums almost weekly, it is refreshing to hear an exceptional voice--a diamond in the rough--from a singer whose time has finally come to share her enormous talents with the rest of the world. San Francisco Bay Area native Sandra Marlowe proves she is no ordinary singer, ...