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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Braxton Brothers: Higher

Read "Higher" reviewed by Jim Trageser

It's interesting how certain musical styles become punching bags for the critics. Disco grew out of R&B and funk in the mid-1970s--yet by 1979 it was so despised in many quarters that the Chicago White Sox had a near-riot on their hands when they opened Comiskey Park for “Disco Demolition Night" during a double-header against the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Michael Lington At Blue Note Napa

Read "Michael Lington At Blue Note Napa" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Michael Lington
Blue Note Napa
Napa, CA
October 7, 2017

Danish saxophonist Michael Lington and company presented a genuinely rousing evening of contemporary jazz music and a few surprises at the inviting Blue Note Napa venue. The exhilarating second set also included a few tracks from his current Second Nature album ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Anna Danes: Find Your Wings

Read "Find Your Wings" reviewed by Jim Trageser

On her 2014 debut, San Diego's Anna Danes came across as what she admittedly was: A woman who only came to singing in her 40s, who had limited training, only a rudimentary grasp of technique and theory--in short, a beginner. The voice was unpolished, the delivery often hesitant, the choice in material suspect for someone aspiring ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Steven Davis's “Perfectly Perfect” Soundtrack For Summer Love

Steven Davis's “Perfectly Perfect” Soundtrack For Summer Love

Jazz crooner Steven Davis ponders “What Happened To Romance,” his first big band album due June 23, led by the original song featured in an international television commercial. Nashville, TN: Bolstering the belief that romance is always en vogue, crooner Steven Davis plies his big voice backed by a big band on the swinging set “What Happened ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Right On! DW3’s “Truth” Is Spreading Fast

Right On! DW3’s “Truth” Is Spreading Fast

With an active summer festival season on the horizon, things are already heating up for the throwback R&B vocal group on the heels of a new album release and a hot radio single featuring Brian Culbertson. Los Angeles, CA: A twelve-song set of smooth old school soul strewn with modern day sensibilities, retro R&B vocal group DW3’s ...

Rick Braun: can you feel it

Read "can you feel it" reviewed by Walter Atkins



Celebrated trumpeter Rick Braun's release can you feel it is aptly titled. The veteran purveyor of the smooth jazz sound does not disappoint on his latest offering. Some of Braun's musical friends on this eleven song collection include: Brian Culbertson-piano, Euge Goove-tenor sax, Jeff Lorber-keyboards and guitar, Dave Koz-tenor sax, and Nate Phillips-bass.

NEWS: RECORDING

Jazz Royalty “Open Up” “The Vault” To Help Departed Friend’s Family

Jazz Royalty “Open Up” “The Vault” To Help Departed Friend’s Family

New single from the late guitarist Jeff Golub debuts in the Billboard Top 20 ahead of Tuesday’s album release with sales benefitting The Golub family. New York, NY: A few days prior to New Year’s Day, the day guitarist Jeff Golub passed away at age 59, his frequent collaborators Steven Miller, Rick Braun and Bud Harner put the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Distribution Deal Brightens Shashaty’s “Brighter Day

Distribution Deal Brightens Shashaty’s “Brighter Day

Jazz-pop saxophonist’s just released album will get a boost from BFD/RED pact; radio-friendly set produced by Steve Oliver driven by national airplay for “Dream Ride.” Los Angeles, CA: Brighter Day, the sixth album from saxophonist ShaShaty that was released earlier this month by the newly formed A.H.I. Records, will benefit from the muscle of a new distribution ...

NEWS: RECORDING

“Traveler” Visits Barnes & Noble, Bossa Novas Onto Billboard Chart

“Traveler” Visits Barnes & Noble, Bossa Novas Onto Billboard Chart

World beat purveyor Lawson Rollins boosted by in-store play for his newly released album; the virtuoso guitarist to be profiled in Guitar Player magazine. San Francisco, CA: The guitar-guided world music excursions that you hear this month in Barnes & Noble stores throughout the United States come from the recently released Traveler, the critically-hailed fifth album from globetrotting ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Blake Aaron Spins Soulful Guitar Tales On “Soul Stories,” Coming May 5

Blake Aaron Spins Soulful Guitar Tales On “Soul Stories,” Coming May 5

"Wes Side Story” bodes to be the fourth single from the set to enter the Billboard Top 10. Aliso Viejo, CA—Guitarist Blake Aaron utilized an unconventional approach when constructing his fifth album, Soul Stories, which will be released May 5 by Innervision Records. To maintain his presence on radio and in the marketplace while juggling a busy ...