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Matt Otto/Andy Ehling: Reunion

Read "Reunion" reviewed by Don Phipps

A Los Angeles import whose left an indelible mark on the Kansas City jazz scene, tenor sax and composer extraordinaire Matt Otto continues his run of successful jazz explorations with Reunion, a collaboration with 30-year friend and Bay Area, CA alto saxophonist Andy Ehling.

Otto's music has always seemed a bit out of place ...

Abbey Rader Quartet with Kidd Jordan: Reunion

Read "Reunion" reviewed by John Sharpe

Drummer Abbey Rader first encountered celebrated reedman Kidd Jordan when he was touring with Billy Bang and Frank Lowe back in 2000, as a member of the outfit featured on One For Jazz (No More Records, 2001). Jordan sat in, and the ensuing mix was successful enough for Rader to intend a follow up. That didn't ...

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Abbey Rader Quartet with Kidd Jordan: Reunion

Read "Reunion" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Intrepid drummer Abbey Rader's second release in 2016, Reunion documents a stimulating live session at the, now sadly defunct, Performing Arts Exchange (PAX) in Miami. Iconoclastic jazzman and legendary saxophonist Kidd Jordan joins Rader and his quartet for this exhilarating improvisational set captured at the above mentioned venue on Halloween night of 2012.

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Bob Lark and his Alumni Big Band: Reunion

Read "Reunion" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran jazz trumpeter and flugelhorn master Dr. Bob Lark has directed many big bands in more than 20 years as Director of Jazz Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. With Reunion, Lark reunites 22 musicians from those bands as his Alumni Big Band, debuting the group on a monster collection of powerful orchestrations. While the ...

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Claudio Lodati - Maurizio Brunod: Reunion

Read "Reunion" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Maurizio Brunod è stato allievo di Claudio Lodati e in qualche modo, in questo ennesimo disco in duo (il loro terzo per la precisione) i due rafforzano una partnership nata sotto il segno della didattica per poi spostarsi in area progettuale vera e propria. Lodati, torinese del 1954, si dedica in questo album alla chitarra elettrica e alle ...

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Trudy Kerr and Ingrid James: Reunion

Read "Reunion" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Two talented vocalists, top-class musicians, inspired song selections, a few new lyrics and a genuinely original set of arrangements come together to make Reunion: a fresh-sounding and charming album from Australian singers Trudy Kerr and Ingrid James. Kerr, based in London since 1990, and James have been friends for many years. Each of them has toured ...

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Hadley Caliman and Pete Christlieb: Reunion

Read "Reunion" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Both Hadley Caliman and Pete Christlieb were active on Los Angeles jazz scene going on 50 years ago, and the two tenor saxophonists actually performed together at the time. Real life got in the way, guiding each man in his allotted direction. Origin Records' house pianist (and All About Jazz Contributor) Bill Anschell brought the two ...

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Hadley Caliman / Pete Christlieb: Reunion

Read "Reunion" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Reunion showcases a couple of old saxophone pros diving deep into the jazz mainstream, backed by an energized rhythm section. Tenor men Hadley Caliman and Pete Christlieb worked together on the Los Angeles Central Avenue jazz scene back in the 1960s, at a club called Marty's, where Caliman was the mentor. Forty-plus years later, they're back ...

Jeff Lashway: Reunion

Read "Reunion" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Throughout the decades, the bands of trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson were, by very nature, heavily brass and ensemble section oriented. Occasionally, Ferguson's pianists were given the opportunity to shine, launching into extended solo tune introductions or brief solos. Some of those pianists were (or would become) stars or leaders in their own right. They included Mike ...

Hawk-Richard Jazz Orchestra: Reunion

Read "Reunion" reviewed by Edward Blanco

In the course of listening to and appraising some of the fine big band music being recorded these days, once in a while and not often enough, you come across an unexpected surprise, a gem of an album full of music that sparkles all over. I'm pleased to report that such is the case with Reunion, ...