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Bobby Lyle: Hands On

Read "Hands On" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Bobby Lyle has covered a lot of ground in his career. The keyboard/pianist's versatility has surfaced through his efforts as music director for artists like Bette Midler, Al Jarreau and Anita Baker--and jamming, recording or touring with such giants as Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, the Ronnie Laws Band and George Benson. A little ...

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Themba Mkhize: Hands On

Read "Hands On" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

If one were to divide Themba Mkhize's career into periods, it could be split in two: the Sakhile period--his time with the now-legendary Zulu jazz/pop group; and the post-Sakhile period--solo albums on which Mkhize's own highly bop-influenced piano comes to the forefront, and the albums come across as accessible post-bop outings with strong African influences. On ...

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Gene Ludwig: Hands On

Read "Hands On" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Hands On is the fourth Gene Ludwig release on the Blues Leaf imprint since the former Sonny Stitt and Pat Martino confederate was rediscovered by producer Jack Kreisberg in the mid-1990s. Amidst an ever-growing number of recordings featuring capable Hammond B-3 organists, Ludwig’s discs always stand out. This time he leads an able band of musicians ...

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Gene Ludwig: Hands On

Read "Hands On" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

This is a very likeable B3 album, and notably for people who are not enamored of tenor sax-organ dates. Gene Ludwig, a longtime Pittsburgh musician with a history of 40 years of plugging away at this genre, has pulled out all the “stops." Ludwig has recorded seven sessions including one on Muse in 1979, all with ...

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The Jim Burke Trio: Hands On

Read "Hands On" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Although a native New Yorker, it was in Chicago that Jim Burke honed his pianistic skills playing with the likes of violinist Johnny Frigo and others. Moving to San Francisco in 1982, he quickly made a name in that city's jazz community. This inaugural CD is a stage for his stylish elegance as the music flows ...

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Nelda Swiggett Quartet: Hands On

Read "Hands On" reviewed by Jim Santella

Nelda Swiggett’s second recording as leader shows the Seattle-based pianist in a bright and creative light. Refreshing and somewhat (Thelonious) Monk-like, the leader’s piano artistry and original compositions urge her quartet to the creation of an exciting session. Drummer Steve Hill propels with taste while bassist Chuck Bergeron amplifies the rhythm and Brian Kent supplies a ...

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Nelda Swiggett Quartet: Hands On

Read "Hands On" reviewed by Jim Santella

Nelda Swiggett’s second recording as leader shows the Seattle-based pianist in a bright and creative light. Refreshing and somewhat (Thelonious) Monk-like, the leader’s piano artistry and original compositions urge her quartet to the creation of an exciting session. Drummer Steve Hill propels with taste while bassist Chuck Bergeron amplifies the rhythm and Brian Kent supplies a ...