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Jazz Martyrs: Along Similar Lines

Read "Along Similar Lines" reviewed by Anya Wassenberg

On Along Similar Lines. So-Cal-based drummer and bandleader Paul Marangoni and a band of veteran musicians offer a tight blend of musicianship, and a high-energy approach that shifts tempos and moods easily. The recording has a nice, fat sound, and production values that capture the music with a sense of the live energy between the players. ...

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Maria Baptist: Resonance

Read "Resonance" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Maria Baptist has several favorite contexts for her piano--trio, trio-plus-one, solo or with an orchestra--and yet there's always a certain throughline that comes through in any setting. It's a sophisticated voice that's highly emotional, evocative and vivid as life.

Following on from a successful year of profile-building and highly visible gigs, Baptist goes small-scale ...

Stefano Bollani: Que Bom

Read "Que Bom" reviewed by Matt Hooke

The worlds of Italian and Brazilian music meet on Que Bom, pianist Stefano Bollani's masterful 43rd album. Bollani lets his songwriting do the brunt of the work, leading to an accessible project, that still shimmers with inventive moments. Bollani has a keen melodic sense that makes these songs immediately come alive. The opening song, “Sbucata da ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Vince Guaraldi

Jazz Musician of the Day: Vince Guaraldi

All About Jazz is celebrating Vince Guaraldi's birthday today!

By Derrick Bang Like most so-called overnight successes, Vincent Anthony Guaraldi—who forever described himself as “a reformed boogie-woogie pianist"—worked hard for his big break. The man eventually dubbed “Dr. Funk" by his compatriots was born in San Francisco on July 17, 1928; he graduated from Lincoln ...

Meet Davis Wilson

Read "Meet Davis Wilson" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Jeopardy contestant, amateur pianist, dance teacher, actor, sailor, postal worker, our July Super Fan has lived all over the place and done it all. Now based in St. Paul, Minnesota, he met “zillions of artists" as keeper of the flame at the old Artists' Quarter jazz club. But he stumbled upon one of the most memorable ...

Mike Clark & Delbert Bump: Retro Report

Read "Retro Report" reviewed by Kevin Press

Go ahead. Judge this album by its cover. That 1970-something Ford grill tells you everything you need to know. It's big, funky and stamped Made In USA.

These 11 cuts are Hammond-organ groovy. Which is to say Delbert Bump groovy. And the only thing better than a Bump groove is one paired with former ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Formats – Solo Through Nonet

Read "Formats – Solo Through Nonet" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

One plus Two, equals three, and so on. What arbitrary combo size constitutes a big band? None of these.

Solo: Jamie Saft
Solo a Genova
RareNoise Records
2018

That musical provocateur Jamie Saft, he is a prankster. After making all kinds of noise with the likes of Metallic Taste ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

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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Various Artists: Christmas

Read "Christmas" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

'Tis the season. Just ask Jazz At The Ballroom. That Bay Area-based non-profit arts organization is making spirits bright with this collection of music showcasing top-flight artists who've appeared in its concerts. Everybody from the illustrious Freddy Cole to the supremely suave Nicki Parrott to the bright-eyed Champian Fulton gets in on the action. Good vibes ...

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Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band: All Smiles

Read "All Smiles" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band has historically been regarded as the best ensemble of its type based outside the US, and All Smiles is generally regarded as one of their finest recordings. You'll understand why with just a few listens.

Belgian pianist and arranger Francy Boland began making music with American expatriate Kenny ...