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Doug MacDonald: Jazz Marathon 2

Read "Jazz Marathon 2" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For those who thought that guitarist Doug MacDonald's happy-go-lucky jazz marathon had crossed the finish line with the release more than a year ago of Just for Fun, the good news is that MacDonald and his talented teammates have found their second wind and the marathon continues through a second effervescent two-CD session taped at the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wolfgang Schalk: From Here to There

Read "From Here to There" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Guitarist Wolfgang Schalk continues to bring that soulful swing which might label him as an acolyte of hard-bop jazz. Yet there's much more to his story as proven in his seventh release as leader From Here To There unveiling fresh material delivered by commanding musicians. This deference to the art-form also proves Schalk's exceptional talent and ...

Doug MacDonald: Just for Fun

Read "Just for Fun" reviewed by Jack Bowers

While there are no household names on guitarist Doug MacDonald's new 2-CD set, Just for Fun (alto saxophonist Lanny Morgan or perhaps drummer Roy McCurdy may come closest), the sidemen he has chosen for a lively concert date billed as a “jazz marathon" are more than likely among the more accomplished jazz musicians you've seldom or ...

Jim Self and the Tricky Lix Latin Jazz Band: Yo!

Read "Yo!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

A tuba in a Latin jazz band? Jim Self, what were you thinking? No matter. Whatever you were thinking, the end result is far more agreeable than even you could have imagined. Yo! (sorry, we can't handle the upside down exclamation point) is a generally delightful album by Self's well-bred nonet, due in no small measure ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Guitarist Wolfgang Schalk Releases "From Here To There"

Guitarist Wolfgang Schalk Releases "From Here To There"

Guitarist and composer Wolfgang Schalk’s new album From Here to There is an electrifying statement celebrating the “power of now" in jazz. Schalk’s new compositions plus a fresh take on Ellington’s “Satin Doll" bring the listener on a swinging spiritual journey from the first note. His band—Andy Langham (piano), Carlitos Del Puerto (bass), Clarence Penn (drums)—masterfully ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jennifer Leitham: Mood (S)wings

Read "Mood (S)wings" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One of the rules of thumb in jazz is that hardly anyone ever looks forward to a bass solo. Rules, however, were made to be broken, and a case in point is multi-talented Jennifer Leitham whose solos on Mood (S)wings are nimble, well-crafted and consistently engaging--in other words, worth looking forward to. Not that anything less ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jennifer Leitham: Future Christmas

Read "Future Christmas" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The spirit of Christmas past, present and future overspreads this charming holiday album by virtuosic bassist Jennifer Leitham's working trio (Andy Langham, piano; Randy Drake, drums) on which she offsets a program comprised mainly of established seasonal favorites with some tantalizing curves (for example, her own “Future Christmas," a.k.a “The Global Warming Winter Holiday Blues," or ...

Alan Chan: Shrimp Tale

Read "Shrimp Tale" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Big bands these days are being taken in many directions, one of which is eastward. Alan Chan, born and raised in Hong Kong and educated in part in the U.S. (at the universities of Miami and Southern California), has deftly blended Asian tradition with American jazz on Shrimp Tale, the splendid debut recording by his three-year-old ...

Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra: Artistry

Read "Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra: Artistry" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On Artistry, the Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra pays homage to one of Richmond's former employers, the legendary Stan Kenton, not by rehashing music performed by the Kenton Orchestra--no matter how forward-leaning that may have been--but rather by renovating a few themes associated with Kenton (and quite a few others that weren't) in the manner in ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

"Lone Wolf" Finds Plenty to Chew On

Read ""Lone Wolf" Finds Plenty to Chew On" reviewed by Jack Bowers

With Betty sidelined by a bad cough, it was up to me to seek out local jazz events in February, and I managed to find a couple of pretty good ones, starting February 7 at the University of New Mexico's Keller Hall where SuperSax New Mexico performed for the third time in Albuquerque. As you may ...


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