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Alan Broadbent: Developing Story

Read "Developing Story" reviewed by Edward Blanco

During the late '70s, now multi-Grammy Award-winning pianist Alan Broadbent, birthed the idea of merging the music of a jazz trio with a full orchestra and strings ..."in a complete phrase for woodwind soli, counterpoint..." in telling a musical story that is still unfolding today. This ongoing musical journey begins with Developing Story as Broadbent and ...

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Jimmy Scott: I Go Back Home: A Story About Hoping And Dreaming

Read "I Go Back Home: A Story About Hoping And Dreaming" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

I Go Back Home è l'ultima toccante testimonianza di Jimmy Scott, singolare cantante afro-americano, riscoperto e celebrato in età avanzata all'inizio degli anni Novanta. La produzione di questo album è stata fortemente voluta dal tedesco Ralf Kemper che ha affiancato a Jimmy Scott ospiti del calibro di Kenny Barron, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Till Brönner, Joey DeFrancesco, ...

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Jimmy Scott: I Go Back Home: A Story About Hoping And Dreaming

Read "I Go Back Home: A Story About Hoping And Dreaming" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Sadness naturally hovers like a black cloud over life's December days, but hope and joy can often find a way to peak through the overcast skies. That's a message that comes through most clearly on Jimmy Scott's beautiful parting gift to the world.

I Go Back Home manages to serve as swan song, ...

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New Lp Alan Broadbent Solo Piano "Just One Of Those Things" Availabe Oct. 1, 2014 on Edition Longplay -- Preorder Now!

New Lp Alan Broadbent Solo Piano "Just One Of Those Things" Availabe Oct. 1, 2014 on Edition Longplay -- Preorder Now!

The new solo piano recording of Alan Broadbent Just One Of Those Things shows very clearly: Broadbent is not only a highly acclaimed arranger and orchestra leader, two Grammy Awards as well as working with Woody Herman, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, etc., he is also a great and distinctive pianist. In decades of cooperation ...

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Alan Broadbent And NDR Bigband: America The Beautiful

Read "America The Beautiful" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Being a part of the big band sound was an experience pianist Alan Broadbent embraced, endured and eventually, wanted to step away from. Orchestra music--comprised of boisterous reeds and brass sections--were far too loud and too big drowning out the finesse sounds of the acoustic piano. When Broadbent left the Woody Herman Big Band in 1972, ...

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Alan Broadbent with NDR Bigband Release "America The Beautiful"

Alan Broadbent with NDR Bigband Release "America The Beautiful"

Last year Alan Broadbent, jazz pianist, arranger, conductor and composer released his solo album Heart to Heart for which he received the rarely given best rating of 5-stars by Downbeat magazine (USA) and Jazz Journal (UK). This year on Alan’s 67th birthday on April 23, 2014 his new album together with the NDR Bigband America the Beautiful ...

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Alan Broadbent And NDR Bigband: America The Beautiful

Read "America The Beautiful" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In the brief liner essay that accompanies America The Beautiful, pianist Alan Broadbent notes that he has “an aversion to being clever," but the rest of the music world never received that memo. Everybody from Irene Kral to Diana Krall and Charlie Haden to Charlie Rich has benefited from his brilliance with a pen and/or a ...

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Ayako Shirasaki: Some Other Time

Read "Some Other Time" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but the creator also has a hell of a lot to do with it when it comes to the arts. Every musical performance leaves certain items open for debate for and from those on the receiving end, but some things remain irrefutable because of those on the ...

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Pianist Ayako Shirasaki Releases New Trio CD "Some Other Time"

Pianist Ayako Shirasaki Releases New Trio CD "Some Other Time"

Jazz pianist Ayako Shirasaki residing in NY, USA released her new trio CD Some Other Time on August 28, 2013 on Jan Matthies Records (JMR 201301). On Some Other Time Ayako combines the hard swinging bebop language of Bud Powell with the sophisticated harmonic elegance of Bill Evans, but with a brilliant creativity all her own and ...

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Ayako Shirasaki: Some Other Time

Read "Some Other Time" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

There is a certain sublime pleasure in the simplicity of the trio playing piano, bass and drums. The Ayako Shirasaki trio's approach is straightforward and straight ahead jazz at it's best. Blending both traditional and original compositions, Shirasaki is a nimble and facile pianist who knows how to swing like Bud Powell, one of her musical ...