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Holiday 2017 III - Popular

Read "Holiday 2017 III - Popular" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Finally! We make it to the finish line of another year. Here are some popular Holiday music fare.

David Ian
Vintage Christmas Trio
Prescott Records
2017

Pianist David Ian has made a cottage industry around mid-century piano-trio jazz, a la the Vince Guaraldi Mad Men cultural axis. Ian ...

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David Ian: Vintage Christmas Trio

Read "Vintage Christmas Trio" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

You can see the snow gently drifting down through the sky, taste the eggnog, and feel the yuletide spirit gently wrapping its arms around you as Vintage Christmas Trio pleasantly glides on by. Building on a branding-savvy holiday portfolio that includes Vintage Christmas (Prescott Records, 2011) and Vintage Christmas Wonderland (Prescott Records, 2014), pianist David Ian ...

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Doug Mosher / John Estes: Southern Lights

Read "Southern Lights" reviewed by Budd Kopman

It is almost certain that many readers of these pages have at one time or another been faced with a recording that you just did not like or could not get into. Now, life is short, and there is no dishonor in moving on to other things. However, perhaps this work was recommended or it had ...

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Holiday 2014: A David Ian Christmas

Read "Holiday 2014:  A David Ian Christmas" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Canadian David Ian is a space oddity. Embodied in a single musical psyche is one, a speed-metal guitarist shredding the Marshalls and two, a sensitive jazz pianist finely crafting holiday music circa 1960. Necessarily, Ian channels Vince Guaraldi, that quasar about which all holiday jazz music orbits. But he is no mere imitator, using his considerable ...

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Imer Santiago: Hidden Journey

Read "Hidden Journey" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Nashville based trumpeter Imer Santiago's debut album Hidden Journey is an engaging, diverse set of nine originals and two standards, that maintains its momentum from the first note to the last. Santiago's compositions sometimes in collaboration with saxophonist and label founder Rahsaan Barber are primarily hard bop vehicles with a variety of flavors that allow the ...