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Eddie Daniels & Roger Kellaway: Just Friends

Read "Just Friends" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Clarinetist Eddie Daniels and pianist Roger Kellaway are more than just friends; they're musical soulmates, connected in pulse and impulse, focused on the same syncretic sum of sounds and styles, and bound by a telepathic rapport. Both men are virtuosos of the highest order, but that's beside the point. The real measure of their artistic collaborations ...

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Mel Martin / Benny Carter Quintet: Just Friends

Read "Just Friends" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Saxophonist Mel Martin, the lesser known half of this clever musical equation, first met the legendary Benny Carter in 1987 and played alongside him for the first time three years later. This quintet date, recorded live at Yoshi's nightclub in Oakland in April 1994, as Carter was nearing his eighty-seventh birthday, shows why he was able ...

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Rick Haydon & John Pizzarelli: Just Friends

Read "Just Friends" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Guitarist Rick Haydon, a veteran jazz educator, is not widely known to most jazz fans. On the other hand, John Pizzarelli has established himself by leading his own trio (and appearing in many Foxwoods Casino ads). Following a concert together in 2004, Haydon achieved his goal of recording a tribute to greats of the instrument with ...

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The Joe Beck Trio: Just Friends

Read "Just Friends" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

This all-star date incorporates the aggressive electric sound of guitarist Joe Beck with the fusion bona fides of bassist Mark Egan and drummer Danny Gottlieb. These guys have been friends for some time and it shows in the excitement of the playing. Beck and his comrades mix it up rhythmically, sonically, electrically, and repertoire-wise. The group ...

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Joe Beck Trio: Just Friends

Read "Just Friends" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Joe Beck's resume dates back to the late sixties: opening for Cream; playing with Buddy Rich; backing Sinatra, Miles, and pop rocker Melanie; plus years of composing for films and TV. Beck is professional and versatile, with a very polished yet relaxed approach on his latest offering, Just Friends.

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George Masso & Ken Peplowski: Just Friends

Read "Just Friends" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Talkin' on the 'Bone Phone to the Stubborn Old Lady...

Recorded at the Amerika Haus in Hamburg, Just Friends represents the standard jazz fare that the German label Nagel Heyer has come to be known for. This present concert highlights traditional stalwarts George Masso and Ken Peplowski performing chestnuts from the Great American Songbook. There is ...

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Don Patterson/Booker Ervin/Houston Person: Just Friends

Read "Just Friends" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Patterson is in the company of two of the 60s most formidable tenors on the pair of sessions collected on this disc. Person is first to bat and fronts a quartet rounded out by Martino and James. His brawny, resonant tone is a worthy compliment to Patterson’s adroit keyboard attack and the strength of their match ...

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Marian McPartland: Just Friends

Read "Just Friends" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Marian McPartland is a magnificent institution, and this is a magnificent musical distillation of what she does best on her celebrated “Piano Jazz" series. There's none of the fascinating conversation, but the duets are here: two each with Tommy Flanagan, Renee Rosnes, George Shearing, Geri Allen, Dave Brubeck, and Gene Harris. McPartland rounds out the disc ...

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Marian McPartland: Just Friends

Read "Just Friends" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One of the nicer things about reviewing a new release by Marian McPartland is that one needn't prattle on about what a marvelous pianist she is - everyone knows that - and can move on to other fundamentals such as her choice of playing partners and the music itself, both of which are, in this case, ...