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Randy Brecker Quintet: Live at Sweet Basil 1988

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Randy Brecker Quintet
Live at Sweet Basil 1988
MVDvisual
2018

Culled from direct-to-two-track digital recordings made on three of Randy Brecker's potent six-night 1988 run at New York City's Sweet Basil, and featuring a particularly top-drawer quintet of musical friends old and new, the original 1989 LP/CD release of Live at Sweet ...

Adam Holzman: Truth Decay

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Truly a musician's musician, Adam Holzman's career, visibility-wise, has waxed and waned over the keyboardist's thirty-year career, but he's never been less than busy. His time spent with Miles Davis, during the last years of the music icon's life, helped raise the masterful and broad-reaching keyboardist/producer's profile. Certainly, based on his work with jazz artists including ...

ARTICLE: TALKING 2 MUSICIANS

Ronny Jordan: A pioneer of Acid Jazz, a Staple of Smooth Jazz

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This month marks guitarist Ronny Jordan's 55th birthday. A trailblazer in acid jazz, his debut album The Antidote foreshadowed Miles Davis' embrace of hip hop with the album Doo-Bop by six months. Moreover, Jordan's track “After Hours" also had a profound impact on smooth jazz as you will read in the following interview. This interview was ...

NEWS: RECORDING

First Time on CD: Sony Masterworks Jazz Releases More Classic Reissues

Masterworks Jazz continues its celebration of the 40th Anniversary of CTI Records with reissues of four more classic CTI albums available on August 9. Available for the first time on CD are Airto's Fingers, Jackie Cain & Roy Kral's A Wider Alias, Joe Farrell's Outback and Randy Weston's Blue Moses. All four releases have been remastered ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Vanessa Rubin to Perform Monday, April 18 at Siue

Vanessa Rubin to Perform Monday, April 18 at Siue

Singer Vanessa Rubin (pictured) is coming back to the St. Louis area to perform at 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 18 in the Dunham Hall Theater at SIUE. The free concert will feature Rubin and SIUE's vocal jazz ensemble, which is under the direction of Reggie Thomas. The event is sponsored by SIUE's Singer's Society, a new student organization at the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Phil Kelly & the Northwest Prevailing Winds: Ballet of the Bouncing Beagles

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Phil Kelly spent four decades working the sunny Los Angeles trenches as a composer/arranger for film and television. He wrote music, as well, for more than five hundred television commercials. That was probably a heck of a nice way to pay the rent and put bread and butter on the table. But since his semi-retirement, he ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Phil Kelly and the NW Prevailing Winds; Eric Essix and the Night Flight Big Band; University of North Texas Two O'Clock Lab Band

Read "Phil Kelly and the NW Prevailing Winds; Eric Essix and the Night Flight Big Band; University of North Texas Two O'Clock Lab Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Phil Kelly & the Northwest Prevailing Winds
Ballet of the Bouncing Beagles
Origin Records
2009

The Ballet of the Bouncing Beagles, Marius Nordal writes in the liner notes to composer / arranger Phil Kelly's latest recording, “was inspired by an actual photograph of Phil's two beagles jumping up in the ...

NEWS: EVENT

Jazz in June: An Evening with Uri Caine

Jazz in June: An Evening with Uri Caine

Jazz in June: An Evening with Uri Caine

Join us for an evening of savory food, wine and exceptional music with Grammy-nominated jazz pianist and composer, Uri Caine.

Enjoy a rare opportunity to experience this groundbreaking performer in an intimate setting while benefiting cutting-edge advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS.

All proceeds from this event will support the ...