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Suzi Stern: Romancing the Dark

Read "Suzi Stern: Romancing the Dark" reviewed by Geannine Reid

When a jazz singer is able to combine skills as a poet, composer, arranger and singer, what type of music is the result? Folk/Jazz/World; but of course! That is the underlying theme throughout Suzi Stern's CD, Romancing the Dark. The Austin based singer has a diverse history of collaborations, working with artist such as: Joe Henderson, ...

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Paul Simon: The Complete Albums Collection

Read "Paul Simon: The Complete Albums Collection" reviewed by John Kelman

If the history books were to be closed on singer/songwriter Paul Simon's career today, he'd have already left a legacy more than sufficient to ensure a substantial chapter. While other emergent songwriters of his day--Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Randy Newman amongst them--have clearly evolved over the years, there's been an underlying approach that's remained consistent ...

Paul Motian: Paul Motian (Old & New Masters Edition)

Read "Paul Motian: Paul Motian (Old & New Masters Edition)" reviewed by John Kelman

In a time when leadership roles are being thrust increasingly upon young musicians who may have the chops, the technique and the theory, but not the experience, drummer Paul Motian could be considered a lesson in patience, in waiting for the right time, in holding off for the precise moment of readiness.

It's not that ...

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Public Radio Debuts Weekly Live Jazz, Blues and Comedy Jam on 12 O'Clock Jump

By Mark Edelman

Public radio has always been home for late night jazz programming. Add to that line-up 12 O'Clock Jump, public radio's brand new jazz, blues and comedy jam. Broadcast live every Saturday night/Sunday morning from midnight to 1AM central time, the weekly variety show is streamed live at wwww.kcur.org for the world to dig. ...

Gary Burton / Pat Metheny / Steve Swallow / Antonio Sanchez: Quartet Live

Read "Quartet Live" reviewed by John Kelman

It's rare that a group can reunite to create what it had decades ago while remaining completely fresh and relevant. When guitarist Pat Metheny regrouped the Gary Burton Quartet--his training ground, beginning in his late-teens, from 1974- 1977--as one of his By Invitation performances at the 2005 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, it was clear ...

Grant Geissman: Cool Man Cool

Read "Cool Man Cool" reviewed by John Kelman

Guitarist Grant Geissman returns after his stellar comeback disc, Say That! (Futurism, 2006), with an album that capitalizes on its predecessor's strengths while at the same time, recruiting an even larger cast of characters. Cool Man Cool is a west coast mainstream jazz affair, celebrating Cool, but with some twists and turns thrown in to make ...