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Neal Caine

Neal Caine is a natural, a dyanamic bass player with strong drive and an intuitive feel. Starting with the Suzuki Method on violin at age three, Neal learned music as a native language, and he has the facility and musicality to show for it. By the age of twenty, he was preferred on the New Orleans scene by such notables as Ellis Marsalis, Donald Harrison, and Nicholas Payton, and was asked to join the Elvin Jones group, a position of high honor that he carried with distinction for almost four years. He's been a first pick by vocalists including Diana Krall, Betty Carter, and Harry Connick Jr. He was also a frequent presence on the Smalls scene for many years, performing often with regulars Sherman Irby, Gregory Tardy, Charles Owens, Harry Whitaker, Zaid Nasser, Frank Hewitt, and others

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Steve Wilson at the Jazz Room

Read "Steve Wilson at the Jazz Room" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Steve Wilson The Jazz Room Charlotte, NC June 21, 2019 Saxophonist Steve Wilson has an extensive discography. In addition to his recordings as a leader, he has played with such jazz musicians as pianist Chick Corea, saxophonist Michael Brecker, bassist Dave Holland, big band arranger Gerald Wilson, and saxophonist Joe Henderson. ...

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Harry Connick, Jr.: Music From The Happy Elf

Read "Music From The Happy Elf" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

"The Happy Elf" is just one of many numbers that Harry Connick, Jr. dished out on Harry For The Holidays (Sony/Columbia, 2003), but this particular song proved to be the seed for cross-marketing manna, which makes it a microcosm of the man himself. Connick has crooned his way into the hearts of millions, proven himself on ...

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Celebrate the holidays with Harry Connick, Jr.'s "The Happy Elf" and start a new tradition!

Celebrate the holidays with Harry Connick, Jr.'s "The Happy Elf" and start a new tradition!

CAMBRIDGE, MA: From Grammy award winner Harry Connick, Jr. comes a new instrumental jazz holiday album, Music From The Happy Elf. Offered as a companion disc to The Happy Elf, Connick's first picture book for children available this holiday season from Harper Collins, Music From The Happy Elf is the fourth edition of Marsalis Music's ongoing ...

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Ron Westray / Thomas Heflin: Live from Austin

Read "Live from Austin" reviewed by Josep Pedro

A live recording is always a great chance to experience some of the core principles of jazz. Improvisation and spontaneity arise when musicians feel free and comfortable with the tunes and arrangements. A collaborative effort between trombonist Ron Westray and trumpeter Thomas Heflin, Live from Austin was recorded in 2009 at the Elephant Room, one of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

New Harry Connick Jr. Album

New Harry Connick Jr. Album

Over the past two decades, Harry Connick, Jr. has taken a very hands-on approach to his recording career. The multi-talented Connick has called the shots at the numerous phases of his album projects--writing original material or picking songs, choosing the ensemble settings and writing arrangements, singing and playing piano, and with the aid of co-producer and ...

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Neal Caine: Backstabber's Ball

Read "Backstabber's Ball" reviewed by Jim Santella

It's an odd title for a superb album. The compositions are Neal Caine's, and he leads with a powerful rhythmic stroke from behind his big double bass. Two tenors, Ned Goold and Stephen Riley, give him plenty of lyrical matter, playing it soft and whispery as Caine's quartet emphasizes straight-ahead jazz with a comfortable grasp of ...

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Neal Caine: Backstabber's Ball

Read "Backstabber's Ball" reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli

Its title sounds more likely to appear in the heavy metal section of the record store, but sonically Neal Caine's Backstabber's Ball has far more in common with the classic West Coast cool jazz releases of the early '60s than the identikit angst rock of today. As such, it isn't a departure for Smalls Records; rather, ...

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Harry Connick, Jr.: Other Hours

Read "Other Hours" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

You might not recognize this side of Harry Conninck Jr. The entertainer and vocalist is more associated with “Old Blue Eyes" (Frank Sinatra) than Monk. He is renowned for his skill as a vocalist, but his passion for jazz piano and writing music has recently garnered him more attention in theatre and other venues. The fact ...


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