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Ken Peplowski/Bucky Pizzarelli Quintet at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola

Read "Ken Peplowski/Bucky Pizzarelli Quintet at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Ken Peplowski/Bucky Pizzarelli Quintet
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
New York, NY
November 23, 2010

When the dust has settled on Halloween, the leaves have all fallen off of the trees and the temperature takes a dip, it's clear that Thanksgiving is only a short while away. At Thanksgiving, people come together with family, reunite ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Aaron Germain: Before You Go

Read "Before You Go" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The key to the eclecticism of Before You Go, bassist Aaron Germain's first album as leader, can be found in his stated aim as a musician: to be “picky about quality, not genre." Germain's ten original tunes take in straightforward hard bop, blues, Latin and funk styles--and the quality is always high.

Throughout the album, Germain's ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Django Reinhardt Festival, Steve Gadd, Steve Grossman, Bucky Pizzarelli and Ken Peplowski

Read "Django Reinhardt Festival, Steve Gadd, Steve Grossman, Bucky Pizzarelli and Ken Peplowski" reviewed by Martin Longley

The 10th Anniversary Django Reinhardt NY Festival

Birdland

November 4, 2009

This six-night residency celebrated a decade of Djangofests at Birdland, where the principle aim is to see how many Reinhardt guitar disciples can be jammed onstage at any one time. Over the years, the organizers, Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta, have ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Derek Smith: Latin Expression

Read "Latin Expression" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The title of Derek Smith's Latin Expression falls somewhat short of the actual experience. It does not even begin to describe the utter joy that arises from the resonant, fluttering, dancing music that swathes the record. Perhaps “Latin Explosion" might have been more appropriate? Steel panist/vibraphonist Smith plunges, body and soul, into a veritable carnival of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Derek Smith Unites Steel Pan and Vibraphone in an Album That Captures the Musical Expression of Latin Jazz Masters

Derek Smith Unites Steel Pan and Vibraphone in an Album That Captures the Musical Expression of Latin Jazz Masters

In his second album, Derek Smith pays tribute to legendary musicians who developed the infectious rhythms and sounds that have come to define Latin jazz. The spirit of this genre is innovation, and Smith exemplifies that spirit in Latin Expression by uniting the melodic brightness of the steel drum with the soulful resonance of the vibraphone. ...

Venus Records

Read "Venus Records" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Venus Records may be sparsely represented in North American record stores, though it has built quite a loyal following among jazz aficionados who frequent online music sources. Tetsuo Hara, the owner and founder of the label, has long been a jazz fan: “When I was a very young man, I listened to many 78-rpm records that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Derek Smith, Dick Hyman and Ralph Sutton: The Piano Giants at Bob Haggart's 80th Birthday Party

Read "The Piano Giants at Bob Haggart's 80th Birthday Party" reviewed by AAJ Staff



These selections were recorded in 1994 at the very first jazz party produced by Mat and Rachel Domber, owners of Arbors Records. The party was in honor of multi-talented bassist-arranger Bob Haggart's 80th birthday. I was present to hear these selectios presented to the live audience, so this review is a personal delight to ...

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Derek Smith: High Energy

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A couple of Arbors regulars have once again lent their talents to fulfill the promise of the title of this album. High Energy is exactly what is delivered in this action-packed album of piano, bass and drums. Derek has put together an outstanding performance on the album, and with the smooth blending of his ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Derek Smith: High Energy

Read "High Energy" reviewed by AAJ Staff

A couple of Arbors regulars have once again lent their talents to fulfill the promise of the title of this album. High Energy is exactly what is delivered in this action-packed album of piano, bass and drums. Derek has put together an outstanding performance on the album, and with the smooth blending of his talents with ...