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ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Forward Into The Past

Read "Forward Into The Past" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

It's in the nature of most jazz musicians to reach out for the new but a few find their inspiration in the music of the pre-bebop era. Here are three examples.

Ernie Krivda and Swing City
A Bright And Shining Moment
Capri Records
2018

Saxophonist Ernie Krivda is ...

Wodgi

Read "Wodgi" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Trumpeter Dave Holdsworth has graced a number of key jazz recordings over the years, notably with Mike Westbrook, Barry Guy and Tony Oxley. At the same time, he recorded rather less than many of his peers from that important period in British jazz in the late '60s/early '70s. Instead of the vagaries of a career in ...

The New England Jazz Ensemble: Peter and the Wolf

Read "Peter and the Wolf" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Sergei Prokofiev's classic work, Peter and the Wolf, has been recorded by just about every ensemble on the planet, save Johnny Puleo and the Harmonicats. Furthermore, it has been guest narrated by some of the greatest (Richard Attenborough, Ben Kingsley, Sir John Gielgud) and also oddest voices (Bill Clinton with Sophia Loren and Mikhail Gorbachov, Antonio ...

Todd Strait: There'll Be Some Changes Made

Read "There'll Be Some Changes Made" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

After recording more than a hundred albums for other people, including three that were Grammy nominated, drummer Todd Strait has finally released his first CD as a leader. With so many dedications to his relatives, it is clear that this record has been simmering for a long time. Well, it's finally cooked and served--and it's delicious. ...

Jazzing Up Childhood Memories

Read "Jazzing Up Childhood Memories" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Jazz musicians today sometimes draw on all sorts of popular culture for inspiration, including the television shows they grew up with. Here are two fine examples.

The Flying Horse Big Band
The Bat Swings!
Flying Horse Records
2018

The University of Central Florida's Flying Horse Big Band presents a ...

ARTICLE: BLUES DELUXE

Winter 2018

Read "Winter 2018" reviewed by Doug Collette

Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar.

Logan Magness
Memphis On My Mind
Wolf River Records
2018

The core four musicians ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ JOURNAL

Winter 2018

Read "Winter 2018" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz Journal is a regular column consisting of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the genre that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar.

Mark Wade Trio
Moving Day
Self-Produced
2018

Often ghostly in its ambiance, the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Accent: In This Together

Read "In This Together" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The a capella and instrument-accompanied jazz vocal ensemble format has a robust presence in the genre's history. Vocal groups such as The Four Freshmen, The Hi-Los, The Swingle Singers, Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, and the L.A. and New York Voices and others all added wonderful material to the canon (and also significantly influenced Pop genre groups ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joel A. Martin and Sharon Clark: Intimate Ella - A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

Read "Intimate Ella - A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Superior vocalist-pianist duo recordings provide listeners marvelous opportunities to encounter and explore artistic subtleties and nuances that can be lost when hearing larger ensemble formats. In a duo format, singer and keyboardist engage in a delicate, yet tightrope-walking tango in which respective toes must be on and ears zoned in bat-like.

With Intimate ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

NICOLE JO: 20

Read "20" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A most versatile and hard-working musician, Nicole Johänntgen can be heard in a variety of ensembles, embracing elements of India and the Middle East in her ethno-jazz quartet, adopting a contemporary approach to New Orleans jazz as witnessed on the marvellous Henry (Self-Produced, 2017) or tearing it up with guitarist/vocalist Peter Finc in a duo that ...