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Barbara Reed

Like all life long musicians it seems that I never really decided to become a musician, but that the decision was natural, and therefore automatic. I simply had to do it. We had a baby grand when I was a toddler and I'd crawl up on the bench and make what I thought was wonderful music for hours at a time. I'm pretty sure that singing was the medium through which I pictured myself communicating musically, and that too seemed to be automatic. That's not to say that there weren't lessons and studies along the way, but only that I felt as if these things were stepping stones to that fabulous world of making beautiful sounds

Hansen's Garden District Band

The Garden District Band (Trio to Hot-Groove Nine) performs original compositions (instrumental and with lyrics) along with selections from the Great American songbook, classic standards, very old New Orleans traditional jazz, big band hits, bebop, Latin/Jazz to funky New Orleans street beat or second line songs in a very creative and highly improvised setting. The band performs instrumental and with vocals. Band members include (and have included) professional musicians from varying ethnic and origin backgrounds including African American, American, Brazilian, British, Canadian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican and South American citizens and include or have included male and female performers. Since 2006, over twelve years, Hansen has produced, recorded, mixed, mastered and released ten albums (CD/digital recordings) that are distributed and sold world-wide through CDBaby and digital partners that include Amazon music, iTunes and almost every digital music outlet

Liane Carroll: Ballads

Read "Ballads" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Ballads is a great title for an album full of slow tempo, beautifully arranged, songs of love and romance. So it's a perfect choice as the title for British singer Liane Carroll's album. Except that it falls way short of communicating just what an achievement this album is.

Carroll's previous album, Up And Down (Quiet ...

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Enrico Pieranunzi - Marc Johnson - Joey Baron: Ballads

Read "Ballads" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La ballad come luogo privilegiato della memoria e del cuore. È questo il filo conduttore della nuova avventura discografica di Enrico Pieranunzi, che ha il raro dono di divertire e stupire, prima se stesso che gli altri. Il suo è un disco prezioso, che va gustato a piccole dosi per apprezzarne le infinite nuances, per scoprire una poetica ...

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Enrico Pieranunzi / Marc Johnson / Joey Baron: Ballads

Read "Ballads" reviewed by Samuel Chell

Pity bassist Marc Johnson. He was an integral part of Bill Evans' trio during the pianist's final year, an extraordinary valedictory culminating in two monumental sets, Last Waltz and Consecration (Fantasy, 1980/2002), only to be orphaned upon the pianist's sudden death at the completion of those remarkable recordings. There would be no one to take the ...

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Enrico Pieranunzi / Marc Johnson / Joey Baron: Ballads

Read "Ballads" reviewed by John Kelman

The simplest stories often reveal the greatest depth. So, too, can the simplest songs yield richer meaning. Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi makes that abundantly clear with Ballads, an album so gentle it can almost pass by unnoticed. But pay attention and what may appear to be a collection of easy-on-the-ears songs prove to be much more. ...

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Omar Sosa: Ballads

Read "Ballads" reviewed by Norman Weinstein

Perhaps this is the finest CD saddled with a concept I dislike that I've heard in years. Strange category? Yes, here we find one of the supreme Cuban jazz pianists of our era with a career retrospective of only ballads. It is one matter to provide a “John Coltrane for Lovers compilation--in fact there are two ...

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Nate Birkey: Ballads

Read "Ballads" reviewed by AAJ Staff

There is a mystical quality to Nate Birkey that manifests itself in both his vocals and Trumpet style. Birkey has been compared to both Miles Davis and Chet Baker, and his playing has more than a touch of the former and a whole lot of the latter. And Mr Birkey with a nod to his influences, ...

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Lars Jansson: Ballads

Read "Ballads" reviewed by Jack Bowers

This is basically a trio album, but not completely; comprised of ballads by Swedish piano master Lars Jansson, but not completely. Songs like “The Tree,” “To the Mothers in Brazil” and “Something To Eat” may be ballads in the broadest sense of the word but their brisker tempos belie the image. And the trio becomes a ...