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David Benoit: Heroes

Read "Heroes" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

An ongoing trend in music is for veteran artists to do albums comprised of cover songs--whether to celebrate a particular musician, era or record label, revisit the music they grew up with or for commercial reasons. Done poorly, the collection can be trite. Pianist/keyboardist David Benoit attempts to avoid that pitfall with Heroes, a mixed bag ...

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Roger Kellaway: Heroes

Read "Heroes" reviewed by Jim Santella

The Roger Kellaway Trio has no drummer. Rhythm isn't a problem though, since this group swings so well, but harmony is another matter. It's a challenge that pianist Roger Kellaway takes seriously, with considerable success. The Oscar Peterson trios with guitar, Kellaway's first and main influence, have paved the way for him to get excited about ...

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Roger Kellaway: Heroes

Read "Heroes" reviewed by Larry Taylor

When pianist Roger Kellaway first thought about becoming a jazz musician in the '50s, keyboard legend Oscar Peterson was hitting his stride with his great trios. They included Ray Brown on bass, and first Barney Kessel, then Herb Ellis on guitar. Peterson's trios were a big influence on Kellaway. As he states in the liner notes, ...

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The Roger Kellaway Trio: Heroes

Read "Heroes" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Classe ’39, Roger Kellaway è sempre stato un pianista dalla cifra espressiva camaleontica e per questo difficilmente riconducibile ad uno stile ben preciso. E lo testimoniano le infinite esperienze per big-band, musiche da film e perfino contesti pop che hanno connotato la sua carriera artistica. Per quel che riguarda il jazz, purtroppo poche sono le sue incisioni a suo ...

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The Roger Kellaway Trio: Heroes

Read "Heroes" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

It's tribute time as Roger Kellaway tinkles the keys in homage to Oscar Peterson. On Heroes, Kellaway dwells mainly on tunes from the repertoire of Peterson's trio with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown, even working with a similar lineup alongside bassist Dan Lutz and guitarist Bruce Forman. There is some diversion; Kellaway tips his hat in ...

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The Roger Kellaway Trio: Heroes

Read "Heroes" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

The last we heard from pianist/composer Roger Kellaway was last year, when he dazzled the world with his remembrances as Bobby Darin's musical director (undoubtedly timed to coincide with the release of the Darin biopic Beyond The Sea. Now, we have a dramatic and long-needed tribute to the “drum-less" piano trio (guitar/bass/piano) that dates back to ...

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Donald Harrison: Heroes

Read "Heroes" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Ron Carter, one of altoist Donald Harrison's heroes and the primary bassist on this recording, makes the point that Harrison comes from New Orleans, but doesn't insist that he does. Harrison approaches his tradition with a pure heart, and from his apprenticeship with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in the mid '80s through his own ...

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Donald Harrison: Heroes

Read "Heroes" reviewed by John Kelman

Stripping down from his quintet début on Nagel Heyer, '02's Real Life Stories , saxophonist Donald Harrison teams up with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Billy Cobham, two of his personal heroes. Having an intermittent history with both musicians, Harrison obviously felt that the combination would provide the perfect combination of groove, freedom and exploration. The ...

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J.J. Johnson: Heroes

Read "Heroes" reviewed by Jim Santella

Still paving the way for younger trombone-playing leaders and composers, J.J. Johnson at 75 plays that instrument better than any other jazz artist does. Remember Kid Ory, Jack Teagarden, Vic Dickenson, Glenn Miller, and Tommy Dorsey? Don’t forget Frank Rosolino. And there’s Urbie Green, John Fedchock, Steve Turre, Wycliffe Gordon, Robin Eubanks, and Ray Anderson. Lots ...