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Greg Yasinitsky: YAZZ Band

Read "YAZZ Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers

You're right, Greg Yasinitsky isn't a household name--apart from his own household, that is, and perhaps a handful of others in and around Pullman, WA, where Yasinitsky serves as professor of music and coordinator of Jazz Studies at Washington State University. And while his impressive debut album as overseer of the well-spoken YAZZ Band may not ...

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Unhinged Sextet: Clarity

Read "Clarity" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The debut recording from one of the most exciting new groups around, Clarity documents a boppish session of straight ahead traditional jazz delivered by the Unhinged Sextet, a well-seasoned cast of players from all corners of the country who have joined forces for this dynamic recording. Led by pianist Michael Kocour, Director of Jazz Studies at ...

Two OA2 Records Releases Featuring Pianist Michael Kocour

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Two recent releases from OA2 Records feature piano playing and production by Michael Kocour, a longtime member of the Chicago jazz scene (and a regular sideman with the late James Moody and Benny Golson). He has been director of jazz studies at Arizona State University since 2004.

Unhinged Sextet
Clarity
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UNT Two O'Clock Lab Band: Two Music: It Don't Mean a Thing, If It...

Read "Two Music: It Don't Mean a Thing, If It..." reviewed by Jack Bowers

As has been pointed out a number of times before, there's no audible difference between the University of North Texas' One O'Clock and Two O'Clock Lab Bands, which are customarily named for rehearsal times but based on performance alone could well be designated One O'Clock and One-Fifteen. This is not meant to devalue the One O'Clock ...

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Marco Bittelli: Alba

Read "Alba" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il chitarrista italiano Marco Bittelli ci propone questo album intitolato Alba, il secondo da leader, che lo vede impegnato alla testa di un sestetto tutto americano che in alcuni casi si allarga per ospitare il contributo di altri tre musicisti. I brani sono tutti originali e sono tutti scritti da Marco Bittelli con l'eccezione del brano “Perdermi" che è ...