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Maud Hixson: Studying Scores and Moving Forward

Read "Maud Hixson: Studying Scores and Moving Forward" reviewed by David Bittinger

Maud Hixson has built an accomplished career as a performer and recording artist out of unlikely circumstances. She grew up far from the capitals of jazz and vocal music, in the Twin Cities area. Doris Day's performance in the Ruth Etting biopic “Love Me Or Leave Me" served as a primary inspiration for a young Maud ...

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Daan Kleijn: Trio

Read "Trio" reviewed by David Bittinger

If in the past you'd asked me about jazz guitar, a few words might have been offered about Wes Montgomery, and a few more about a beloved Jazz 'Round Midnight reissue of one of the great records that Django Reinhardt cut with violinist Stéphane Grappelli. A vague opinion might then have been tossed off that is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

A Sondheim Jazz Project: A Sondheim Jazz Project: City of Strangers

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This CD crosses two soft borders: one between Canada and the U.S, and one between show tunes and jazz. It presents the work of the most famous Broadway songwriter of the past half century as might be heard performed at the Village Vanguard rather than the Winter Garden.Saxophonist and arranger Bobby Hsu's “A Sondheim ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Maud Hixson: Don't Let A Good Thing Get Away

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This collection of songs by veteran composer Michael Leonard has deep roots but contemporary character. It was laid down in New York's legendary Nola Recording Studio, whose clients have included Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. The outstanding instrumentalists--cornetist Warren Vache, bassist Steve LaSpina, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, and pianist/arranger Tex Arnold--have worked with such luminaries as Benny ...


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