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Joe Policastro Trio: Nothing Here Belongs

Read "Nothing Here Belongs" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The Joe Policastro Trio is a working band that has been playing together in Chicago area clubs for almost ten years. This CD reflects that history in how the three musicians play off each others' twists and turns with a near-telepathic rapport. Guitarist Dave Miller darts and swoops with cool assurance while bassist Policastro and drummer ...

Joe Policastro Trio: Nothing Here Belongs

Read "Nothing Here Belongs" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Everything belongs here on Nothing Here Belongs, the first Joe Policastro Trio album to focus primarily on original material. The three previous outings from this Chicago-based outfit sold themselves with a pliable approach to covers. On West Side Story Suite (Self Produced, 2013) it was an expansive brush with Bernstein; with Pops! (Self Produced, 2016) the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Getting Sentimental," Debut Recording By Chicago Jazz Vocalist Gayle Kolb, Set For August 31 Release By Jerujazz Records

"Getting Sentimental," Debut Recording By Chicago Jazz Vocalist Gayle Kolb, Set For August 31 Release By Jerujazz Records

With the August 31 release of her debut recording Getting Sentimental, Chicago’s Gayle Kolb makes a triumphant statement in song after a stretch of years away from music. Produced and arranged by acclaimed Chicago bassist Dennis Carroll for JeruJazz Records, the album reveals Kolb’s metamorphosis from a former nightclub headliner in jny: Los Angeles, jny: Las ...

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Andrew Distel: It Only Takes Time

Read "It Only Takes Time" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When is the right time to release an album? That's a tough question, and a great one to open up for debate. But when you strip away all potential concerns both large and small, the answer stares you in the face: now is the right time. If the music is there, why wait? That's the honest ...

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Joe Policastro Trio: Screen Sounds

Read "Screen Sounds" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There are always new wrinkles to be found in the familiar. That's a philosophical stance that seems to serve the Joe Policastro Trio well. This Chicago-based outfit's debut album--West Side Story Suite (Self Produced, 2013)--served as a distillation and expansion on Bernstein's masterpiece, turning Broadway on its head; Pops! (Self Produced, 2016) referenced both the venue ...

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Alyssa Allgood: Out Of The Blue

Read "Out Of The Blue" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

If Alyssa Allgood's debut EP Lady Bird made a splash, then Out of the Blue is a veritable deluge of inspired thinking. The Chicago vocalist's imprint is evident in every lick of this full-length follow-up. From the original lyrics and arrangements to her choice of musicians and production, Allgood uses everything in her toolkit throughout 10 ...

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Alyssa Allgood: Out Of The Blue

Read "Out Of The Blue" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Chicago vocalist Alyssa Allgood devotes her first full length album to an unexpected source: the classic hard bop repertoire of Blue Note Records. The label is mainly known for instrumental jazz, and all of these selections were originally instrumental. This presents no problem for Allgood, who demonstrates equal facility scatting, singing wordless vocalise, and writing lyrics ...

Guitars Galore: Major Vistas, Joe Policastro Trio, Dan Arcamone, Charlie Ballantine, Sound Underground, & Kay-Ta Matsuno

Read "Guitars Galore: Major Vistas, Joe Policastro Trio, Dan Arcamone, Charlie Ballantine, Sound Underground, & Kay-Ta Matsuno" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

A brief overview of several notable 2016 contemporary jazz releases featuring guitarists.

Major Vistas
Minor Anthems
Self Produced
2016

A fresh approach to the jazz trio, and the debut release from Madison, Wisconsin's Major Vistas. Keyboardist Mike Weiser says he thinks of it as a modern “organ" ...