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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tom Pierson: Last Works

Read "Last Works" reviewed by Doug Hall

As musicians make choices and pursue a passion for music which also directs their musical orbit, looking at jazz composer, arranger and pianist Tom Pierson's resume, it is clear that a creative search for originality and exploration was paramount, from the very beginning. Gifted at the start, Pierson was a piano prodigy and a soloist with ...

Ten Artists: June 2019

Read "Ten Artists: June 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Polly Gibbons
All I Can Do
Resonance Records
2019

Polly Gibbons's 2017 Resonance release, Is It Me...? was positively received by All About Jazz and other outlets when it appeared. That recording featured a crack trio augmented with soloists, establishing Gibbons as a sensitive yet muscular interpreter of the American ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work

Read "The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work" reviewed by John Kelman

He may be largely regarded as the most influential guitarist to emerge from the Netherlands, a country that, bordering on the North Sea, is roughly one-quarter the physical size of England and, with a current number of about seventeen million, has just one-third the population of the UK's largest country. Still, despite garnering major in-country recognition, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Roseanna Vitro: Tell Me The Truth

Read "Tell Me The Truth" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

It is completely fitting that vocalist Roseanna Vitro conceive of and release a recording devoted to the music of the American South. But, this is not just any thoughtlessly-assembled concept recording. Vitro is the master of intelligently programmed and produced thematic albums as evidenced by: Catching Some Rays: The Music of Ray Charles (Telarc, 1997); The ...

NEWS: RECORDING

JC Hopkins' New Release, "It's A Sad And Beautiful World," Which Features Garth Hudson And Levon Helm, Will Finally See The Light Of Day Ten Years After It Was Recorded

JC Hopkins' New Release, "It's A Sad And Beautiful World," Which Features Garth Hudson And Levon Helm, Will Finally See The Light Of Day Ten Years After It Was Recorded

The album, which will be released on July 12, also features an impressive array of jazz greats and notable singer-songwriters There are some musicians who defy genre limitations, whose work spans a such wide spectrum that it simply does not allow them to be labelled or categorized. Multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer JC Hopkins is just such an ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Nighthawks: All You Gotta Do

Read "All You Gotta Do" reviewed by Doug Collette

On All You Gotta Do, The Nighthawks illustrate how they've established, then nurtured their vaunted status among the most venerated of American blues units for over four decades and upwards of twenty albums. The changes the band's seen under the tutelage of original founding member Mark Wenner continues unfettered on this self-produced album: the band alternately ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Last Waltz 40 Tour at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Read "The Last Waltz 40 Tour at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

The Last Waltz 40 Tour
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Westbury, NY
February 3, 2017

On November 25, 1976 (Thanksgiving), the Canadian-American rock group the Band gave its farewell concert at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom. The concert was filmed by director Martin Scorsese and made into the documentary, The Last Waltz. The ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Wood Brothers at Higher Ground

Read "The Wood Brothers at Higher Ground" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Wood Brothers
Higher Ground Ballroom
South Burlington, Vermont
February 6, 2017

In the decade plus they've played together, the Wood Brothers have made a habit of coming to Vermont virtually every year and their near-sell-out appearance in the ballroom of Higher Ground was almost exactly twelve months since their last ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Grahams: Glory Bound

Read "Glory Bound" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Friends since their childhood, Alyssa and Doug Graham are now husband and wife. They are also a duo to be reckoned with. Their music is a joyous melange of country, folk, blues, roots, bluegrass and pop with some jazzy elements thrown in for good measure. It's definitely American music. If one were asked to place the ...

B.B. King: Live in Cook County Jail and More…

Read "B.B. King: Live in Cook County Jail and More…" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In his ALLMUSIC artist's biography of B.B. King, Bill Dahl states, “Universally hailed as the king of the blues, the legendary B.B. King was without a doubt the single most important electric guitarist of the last half of the 20th century." That is hyperbole of the order of Stephen Thomas Erlewine's introduction in the same publication ...