Content by tag "Will Lee"

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lisa Maxwell's Jazz Orchestra: Shiny!

Read "Shiny!" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Esce in questi giorni, dopo una lunga gestazione, il debutto da leader di Lisa Maxwell, talentosa compositrice e arrangiatrice nota nell'ambiente del jazz statunitense e negli studios di registrazione. Lisa ha orchestrato e diretto colonne sonore per film e serie televisive, collaborato anche come sassofonista con gruppi rock (Guns 'n' Roses, Lenny Kravitz, Carole King), jazz ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Oz Noy: Fun With Fusion

Read "Oz Noy: Fun With Fusion" reviewed by Jim Worsley

From Israel to jny: New York City to the inner sanctum of our brains, Oz Noy has engaged us along his journey with his commanding depth and flavorfully diverse sound. He is most often referred to as a guitar wizard. As much as that is true, it doesn't convey the level of artistry and compositional complexities ...

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Mark Feldman's Level 5: The Sybil EP

Read "The Sybil EP" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz-rock fusion may have peaked in popularity back in the 1970s, but it has remained an integral sub-set of jazz ever since. That said, those traits that undermined its force back then--fake funk and over-emphasis on technique--have remained so pervasive within the hybrid that truly distinctive entries in the genre are few and far between. The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Levine: Star Gazing

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Pianist and keyboardist Mike Levine unveils his third solo project Star Gazing providing another laid back, Smooth- styled gem of a recording containing a little of everything, from the obvious relaxing mellow melodies, to some swinging sizzling funky material. An artist who has performed with some of the finest musicians on the planet, during his long-distinguished ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The 14 Jazz Orchestra: Nothing Hard Is Ever Easy

Read "Nothing Hard Is Ever Easy" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dischi come questo sono indicativi dell'alto livello professionale che il jazz statunitense esprime anche nelle cosiddette zone di periferia, lontane da New York, Chicago o Los Angeles.
Quest'orchestra opera in Florida ed è formata da 13 insegnanti o ex alunni della Miami University diretti dall'arrangiatore Dan Bonsanti e integrati da pregevoli ospiti: Will Lee ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vinnie Zummo: The Coyote

Read "The Coyote" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Guitarist Vinnie Zummo is best known for his long association with singer/songwriter Joe Jackson. He appeared on every Jackson album from Body and Soul (A&M, 1984) through Blaze of Glory (A&M, 1989), returning for The Duke (Razor & Tie Recordings, 2012). The Coyote is mostly original compositions (several of them new arrangements of tunes from earlier ...

Take Five with B.D. Lenz

Read "Take Five with  B.D. Lenz" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

About B.D. Lenz:
Mix the sophistication of jazz, the grit of blues, and the grooves of funk and soul, and you have the recipe for contempo-jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz. The New Jersey native has played guitar since his early teens, is a graduate of Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, and has studied with such ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz "Guitar Hero" B.D. Lenz Celebrates 20 Years With "Manifesto" CD Release Party

Jazz "Guitar Hero" B.D. Lenz Celebrates 20 Years With "Manifesto" CD Release Party

B.D. Lenz 's Manifesto CD Release Party Set for Friday, March 25, 2016 from 9pm-1am at the The Stanhope House in Stanhope, NJ $10 in advance or $15 at the door (18 or older to enter and 21 to drink). $5 CD sale for this special evening. With thousands of live gigs performed internationally, 8 highly-acclaimed albums ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Randy Brecker: Hittin' It with "RandyPOP!"

Read "Randy Brecker:  Hittin' It with "RandyPOP!"" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

In his 62 years playing music--starting trumpet at eight years old--Randy Brecker has played all kinds of music, but for many years now, he's mostly been known as a solid, top-flight, first-call jazz player, a modern post-bop soloist and bandleader who carries around his old '70s fusion-funk Brecker Brothers fame in his back pocket. So, with ...

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The 14 Jazz Orchetra: Nothing Hard is Ever Easy

Read "Nothing Hard is Ever Easy" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Under the direction of arranger/conductor and educator Dan Bonsanti, The 14 Jazz Orchestra delivers its debut recording with Nothing Hard Is Ever Easy presenting a repertoire of contemporary jazz containing and offering of mainstream, fusion, pop, gospel-styled and classical-tinged elements that make this first effort, one varied musical statement. This fourteen-piece light ensemble is comprised of ...