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NEWS: RECORDING

Expressive Vocalist Christine Hitt Releases "Magical Kite," Produced By Geoffrey Keezer

Expressive Vocalist Christine Hitt Releases "Magical Kite," Produced By Geoffrey Keezer

For vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Christine Hitt, music is a family affair. Her father was a band director and her mother was a piano teacher and professional vocalist. Hitt married a trumpet player, and two of her three sons appear on Hitt’s newest CD, Magical Kite. Hitt’s warm voice can express a rich tapestry of tones, and she sings ballads ...

Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part VII

Read "Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part VII" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Well, that didn't take long. What started as “Five Women" quickly grew into the present “Seven Women" and will continue to the end of this year as “Seven Women (Plus Three) as a continuing reflection of the state of female vocalists and instrumentalists. We are blessed with an abundance of musical riches.

Adi Meyerson ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Daversa: Wobbly Dance Flower

Read "Wobbly Dance Flower" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

"Wobbly Dance Flower" is the title of one of the tracks on this CD but it also captures the frisky, goofy vibe of the entire disc. Trumpeter John Daversa writes sophisticated music with catchy melodies that share the off-beat, slightly wacky humor of musicians like Matt Wilson and Jack Walrath.

The sounds and approaches ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Daversa: Wobbly Dance Flower

Read "Wobbly Dance Flower" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

As trumpeter John Daversa explains simply in the liners, Wobbly Dance Flower boils down to having fun. And glory be does he hit it squarely out of the park. Here's an upper deck moon shot so uplifting, so tightly nuanced and choreographed with shifts of meter, attitude, altitude, and an irresistible swing guaranteed to shake you ...

Isamu McGregor: Resonance

Read "Resonance" reviewed by Troy Dostert

On this album, his second as a leader since 2012's Live at the Baked Potato, pianist/keyboardist Isamu McGregor continues to hone his approach to crafting intelligent, challenging jazz fusion. With bassist Evan Marien and drummer Gene Coye once again at his side, he's got the right partners for navigating his maze-like compositions, and guest spots by ...

Mark de Clive-Lowe: Live at the Blue Whale

Read "Live at the Blue Whale" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

This fine, four-song EP provides testimonial insight to de Clive-Lowe's influences and inspiration, through three cover songs and one extended original piece recorded at a Los Angeles club during March of last year.

Contrasting some of de Clive-Lowe's more recent beat-based techno projects this is primarily and predominately a jazz record, and quite an ...

Gavin Templeton: Ballast

Read "Ballast" reviewed by Dave Wayne

A native of Reno, Nevada, alto saxophonist Gavin Templeton is emerging as one of the leading voices of Los Angeles' suddenly burgeoning modern jazz scene. If the music on Ballast, his fourth album as a leader, is any indication, Templeton might just be on his way to becoming one of the leading voices in modern jazz, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

John Daversa Big Band at The Baked Potato

Read "John Daversa Big Band at The Baked Potato" reviewed by Paul Naser

John Daversa Big Band
The Baked Potato
Los Angeles, CA
May 29, 2016

It's a rarity to find a modern big band dedicated to playing original music in Los Angeles; home to some of the world's most talented musicians and entertainers, pretty much every style of music imaginable is represented here, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Daniel Rosenboom: Astral Transference / Seven Dreams

Read "Astral Transference / Seven Dreams" reviewed by Robert Bush

L.A. trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom seems to gravitate towards music that challenges on multiple levels, and his latest recording Astral Transference/ Seven Dreams, a sprawling, two-disc transcription of a live concert at the Blue Whale is nothing if not wildly ambitious.

“Astral Transference," is the single composition that takes up the entirety of ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

John Daversa: Kaleidoscope Eyes

Read "John Daversa: Kaleidoscope Eyes" reviewed by Paul Naser

Internationally renowned performer, composer, arranger, band leader, teacher; John Daversa's talents include these among many others. His in demand skills as a world-class trumpet player have led him to perform on such prestigious stages as the Monterey Jazz, Montreal Jazz and Montreux Festivals, on such well known American programs as Late Nite with David Letterman and ...