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Chuck Deardorf: Perception

Read "Perception" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Before the tech revolution that has ushered in an era of unprecedented growth and global recognition, the city of Seattle was a bit of an outpost in the world of jazz. Since the 1920s, the city has enjoyed a vibrant and innovative jazz scene, often resulting in local musicians backing major international touring artists. The emerald ...

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Chuck Deardorf: Hanging On To The Groove

Read "Chuck Deardorf: Hanging On To The Groove" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Bassist Chuck Deardorf has gained a reputation for virtuosity and professionalism over a career that has thus far spanned 40 years. He has been the first call bassist in Seattle for most of his career, playing with some of the most renowned musicians in the history of jazz. For many years, despite having a prolific local ...

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Johnaye Kendrick: Flying

Read "Flying" reviewed by Troy Dostert

It's been four years since vocalist Johnaye Kendrick released her debut album, but her sophomore outing, Flying, was certainly worth the wait. With finely-honed vocal chops channeled through some compelling compositions of her own and a few distinctively-performed covers, Kendrick is a complete artist, and this record will undoubtedly win her a lot of new listeners. ...

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Johnaye Kendrick: Flying

Read "Flying" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Once, maybe twice in a generation, a singer enters the world of jazz and captivates the genre so dominated by jazz instrumentalists. There are qualities in the voice, delivery, the exquisite phrasing, and inexhaustible ability to deliver a narrative in such a way that expresses the jazz and blues tradition in a special and personal way. ...

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Jane Ira Bloom: Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson

Read "Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

La sopranista Jane Ira Bloom, da sempre autrice di una musica sofisticata e in ideale dialogo con altre arti, duetta qui con l'universo poetico di Emily Dickinson in due CD con un analogo programma di brani (sebbene eseguiti in ordine diverso tra loro), il primo solo strumentale, il secondo con la presenza della voce recitante di ...

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Dawn Clement: Tandem

Read "Tandem" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It only takes one listen to Tandem to understand that pianist-vocalist Dawn Clement is a people person with a penchant for trying different things. That openness to various individuals and action points shows itself to be the heart of this collection of duo performances.

Despite being a prominent presence on the Seattle scene, ...

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Dawn Clement: Here In The Moment

Read "Dawn Clement: Here In The Moment" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Dawn Clement is like a primal force of nature. From being the mother of three young children, to her professorship at Cornish College of the Arts, to her performing career as a touring and recording artist, she maintains a musical standard of excellence achieved by very few. Her piano style is strong and versatile, whether she ...

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Five Women VIII – Alma Micic; Jane Ira Bloom; Laura Ainsworth; Abelita Mateus; Tash Sultana

Read "Five Women VIII – Alma Micic; Jane Ira Bloom; Laura Ainsworth; Abelita Mateus; Tash Sultana" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Alma Micic
That Old Feeling
Whaling City Records
2017

Serbian vocalist Alma Micic's 2014 Tonight (CTA Records) was a welcome addition to the jazz vocals discography because of its bold repertoire and compelling performance. Micic returns with a decidedly more focused and refined recording that mixes the new and old with ...

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Jane Ira Bloom: Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson

Read "Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson" reviewed by Troy Dostert

When you think about it, it's not that hard to see the affinity between soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom and Emily Dickinson. Despite their fame coming from two different artistic worlds (although not completely different, as it turns out, as Dickinson was apparently a talented pianist), they do have a good deal in common. Bloom is ...

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Dawn Clement Trio at Kitano

Read "Dawn Clement Trio at Kitano" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Dawn Clement Trio
Jazz at Kitano
New York City
August 10, 2017

Pianist Dawn Clement is rare for eliciting a classic vibe, yet with such freshness as to never be stale. There's a meatiness to her chord structures and a lithe robustness to her soloing that adds new shades of ...