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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan at Blossom Music Center

Read "Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan at Blossom Music Center" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

The Doobie Brothers & Steely Dan-The Summer of Living Dangerously Tour
Blossom Music Center
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
June 23, 2018

If there is one tried and true adage that is applicable to the arts, it is the one that goes “everything old is new again." Be it a need for monetary ...

Bill Warfield: For Lew

Read "For Lew" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “Lew" referred to on Renaissance man Bill Warfield's latest big-band album, For Lew, is the late trumpeter Lew Soloff, whom Warfield remembers in the liner notes as “my mentor, colleague, friend and inspiration." The inspiration arrived when the teen-age Warfield, who had switched from trumpet to piano after losing his front teeth in an auto ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Dease: Reaching Out

Read "Reaching Out" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Somebody has to be the keeper of the flame, right? In jazz, an art form that has only recently passed the century mark, that responsibility has seemed to diminish in importance. It's not that music schools aren't churning out graduates versed in the traditional repertory, and post-modern players aren't constantly pushing the envelope of possibilities. It's ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Hard Boppin' at Smalls

Read "Hard Boppin' at Smalls" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich Village is a remarkably vibrant music venue that enjoys considerable international renown. It is not the most mannered of clubs with loud and boisterous audiences. Nor is it the most decorous, but does offer a rather distinctive look. The club has a great vibe and is committed to treating its audience ...

Walt Weiskopf: Fountain Of Youth

Read "Fountain Of Youth" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Fountain Of Youth is the latest installment of Walt Weiskopf's mid-career renaissance. In reviews of Weiskopf's three previous Posi-Tone releases, I made the misstep of treating his imposing skills as a tenor saxophonist, composer, arranger, and bandleader as separate, albeit compatible entities; this time around I realized that they are indeed parts of a larger, all-encompassing ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dave Noland: Ripple

Read "Ripple" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Ripple is Dave Noland's second album as a leader, a self-produced endeavor that follows the tenor saxophonist's 2007 recording for the Jazz Excursion label, Nomad. With a mix of four original tunes and three standards, Ripple showcases Noland's considerable talents as a composer, arranger, and improviser.

Originally from San Angelo, Texas, Noland has been ...

Behn Gillece: Dare to Be

Read "Dare to Be" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

When it comes to jazz vibraphone, the names of Stefon Harris and Warren Wolf are most likely to be found on a list of contemporary leaders. Add to that now the name of Behn Gillece, a gentleman who has been honing his skills on the New York scene since 2006. His talents first came to the ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

U.S. Jazz From Denmark: Six Recent SteepleChase Releases

Read "U.S. Jazz From Denmark: Six Recent SteepleChase Releases" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The opportunity to listen to six recently released discs on the venerable SteepleChase label (and the SteepleChase LookOut branch) is a little like reading an anthology of short stories by distinguished authors from a particular year or period. You get a hearty helping of vital, mature voices, most of whom operate somewhere in the jazz mainstream, ...

Dick Oatts / Mats Holmquist New York Jazz Orchestra: A Tribute to Herbie +1

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Dopo i tributi a Chick Corea e Wayne Shorter, l'orchestratore svedese Mats Holmquist rivolge la sua attenzione alle composizioni di Herbie Hancock, realizzando un album in collaborazione col sassofonista Dick Oatts che è principale solista nonchè co-leader.
L'incisione è dell'11 giugno 2014 ma l'idea risale all'anno precedente, con la scelta di un appropriato ensemble ...

Dick Oatts / Mats Holmquist New York Jazz Orchestra: A Tribute to Herbie +1

Read "A Tribute to Herbie +1" reviewed by Jack Bowers

A Tribute to Herbie +1 is Swedish-born composer / arranger Mats Holmquist's third “tribute" album, following well-received salutes to Chick Corea (2003) and Wayne Shorter (2012). For his encomium to pianist / composer Herbie Hancock, Holmquist called upon two of New York City's most respected sidemen, alto saxophonist Dick Oatts and trombonist John Mosca, known and ...