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Bronwyn Cronin

Adventurous in her interpretation of cherished melodies, vocalist Bronwyn Cronin serves up a modern juxtaposition of classic tradition and modern innovation. Ms. Cronin’s voice has graced venues as magnificent as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France as well as obscure villages in Nepal and India. Although classically trained in Opera with the late Gimi Beni, the singer feels most at home swinging to the familiar melodies of the traditional American songbook. “I like the freedom and spontaneity of improvisation.”

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Carol Duboc: Smile

Read "Smile" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Is there a listening market for adult contemporary music. For lack of a better categorization, that is what Carol Duboc provides on her seventh release, the all-original Smile which she co-produces with Keyboardist Jeff Lober--and produce they do.

Smile is sonically, a perfectly quaffed and lushly presented collection of ten hook-filled, expertly sculpted songs that ...

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Sylvia Bennett: Smile

Read "Smile" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The Great American Songbook is full of love songs that have stood the test of time through countless interpretations by the greatest singers in the world. In searching for new ways to recast such standards--without serving up the same old tunes in the same worn out fashion--Sylvia Bennett takes her turn at voicing many of these ...

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Skeletons: Smile

Read "Smile" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Where's Africa? Si chiede più di qualcuno. Domanda più che lecita, dal momento che si fa sempre più netta la percezione che le sonorità africane siano un elemento ormai inscindibile delle più coinvolgenti produzioni soul/funk/black di ogni latitudine, un elemento che per tutta una serie di felicissime ibridazioni incrociate è portatore [sanissimo!] del virus di ritmi e sonorità che ...

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El Porcino Organic: Smile

Read "Smile" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

"Smile" è il celeberrimo brano di Charlie Chaplin che da il titolo a questo CD di El Porcino Organic, formazione riunita attorno a due fervide menti tirolesi che rispondono ai nomi di Michael Loesch e Helga Planksteiner. La versione qui presente si muove tra un affettuoso omaggio al passato ed una cornice ritmica decisamente rock che crea un ...

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Gary Brunotte: Smile

Read "Smile" reviewed by Jim Santella

Gary Brunotte's piano trio provides a lovely session of lyrical ballads and gentle reflection on Smile, a tribute album dedicated to Dexter, the pianist's family pet who passed away at age fifteen. Judging from the album cover photo, he must surely have left behind pleasant memories and golden moments that remain frozen in time.

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Jacky Terrasson: Smile

Read "Smile" reviewed by Jim Santella

Each of the ten albums that Jacky Terrasson has issued since he won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition in 1993 has grown logically out of its predecessor. Smile moves forward from À Paris to encompass an eclectic program where jazz standards are mixed with pop songs. It’s the kind of program one might find ...

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Jacky Terrasson: Smile

Read "Smile" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The stream of imaginative energy flows strong and true on Jacky Terrasson’s new recording, simply entitled Smile. The dazzling jazz pianist performs with panache and exuberance, adding his unique touch to a diverse mixture of contemporary and classic standards. The music remains true to Terrasson’s form, as it is somewhat of a return to the trio ...

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The Sheena Davis Group: Smile

Read "Smile" reviewed by Jack Bowers

I really wish I could become more enthusiastic about this album. Sheena Davis is a very good singer, and her accompanists are about as solid as Gibraltar. But when it comes to vocalists I’m a tough sell, and in spite of her obvious assets — a well–trained voice, adequate range, admirable intonation — Davis somehow fails ...

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The Ed Vezinho-Jim Ward Big Band: Smile

Read "Smile" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It hardly ever fails. Just as one starts to believe that the big–band pool may at last be drying up, a precocious newcomer such as the Ed Vezinho–Jim Ward Big Band suddenly arrives from nowhere to satisfy his / her thirst for mouth–watering big–band Jazz and swat every gloomy notion into the proverbial cocked hat. Well, ...