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The Verve Jazz Ensemble: It's About Time

Read "It's About Time" reviewed by Edward Blanco

In 2006 drummer Josh Feldstein established the Verve Jazz Ensemble, a contemporary jazz group playing standards and straight ahead material in the finest venues throughout the Connecticut area without having an album to their credit until this appropriately-titled recording debut It's About Time. On tap are an array of jazz standards featuring new arrangements and dynamic ...

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Jacob Melchior: It's About Time

Read "It's About Time" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

In It's About Time del batterista Jacob Melchior ascoltiamo brani originali alternati, o ibridati, con diversi evergreen del classico repertorio jazzistico. Da dietro i tamburi Melchior dirige il Trio de SUM - che si compone anche del pianista Tadataka Unno e del bassista Hassan JJ Shakur - facendo leva su qualità ritmiche d'assoluta levatura e si diletta nel creare percorsi ...

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Jacob Melchior: It's About Time

Read "It's About Time" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The art of the trio often takes shape in a variety of ways. Many of today's leading three-piece groups rely on a difficult-is-better approach, reveling in rhythmic trickery, harmonic complexity and melodic fragmentation. Others choose to distill everything down to bare essentials but, in doing so, run the risk of playing dumbed-down lounge jazz that's generic ...

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Jacob Melchior: It's About Time

Read "It's About Time" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Tucked away in a very excellent piano trio offering, drummer Jacob Melchior's It's About Time, is a single vocal performance by Frank Senior of the Coots/Lewis standard, “For All We Know."

Pianist Tadataka Unno and bassist Hassan JJ Shakur provide a very gentle undercurrent beneath Senior's smoky, Jon Hendricks-influenced vocals. Unno and Shakir, ...

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Jacob Melchior: It's About Time

Read "It's About Time" reviewed by Jack Huntley

The album's title is certainly not the ultimate description of Jacob Melchior's It's About Time, but it's a great place to start. Melchior, a precise but fluid drummer whose insightful phrasing and timing patterns influence the tone and sprit of each tune, combines with pianist Tadataka Unno and bassist Hassan JJ Shakur to deliver a swinging, ...

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Terry Clarke: It's About Time

Read "It's About Time" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Drummer Terry Clarke has had a long and illustrious career. Born in Vancouver, Canada, Clarke moved to San Francisco in 1965 to play with John Handy III. Jazz at the time was not an all-encompassing passion, and when the opportunity to play with pop vocal group The Fifth Dimension came about, he took it. Five years ...

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Chico Hamilton: It's About Time

Read "It's About Time" reviewed by Lyn Horton

No matter what tradition a drummer harks from, if that drummer is good, there is no avoiding the uplifting nature of the music when the drummer leads in a precise direction. Chico Hamilton is just that drummer. One need only to read his liner notes for It's About Time! and his standard is set. His musical ...

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The Spokane Jazz Orchestra: It's About Time

Read "It's About Time" reviewed by Jack Bowers

What a great title. The Spokane (WA) Jazz Orchestra, now in its thirtieth year, has at last seen fit to record its first album, and, yes, It's About Time. In fact, long past time--but better late than never. It's surely about time the rest of the country was introduced to a band that has staunchly served ...

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Heather Bambrick: It's About Time

Read "It's About Time" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The opening tune on It's About Time, “(Sing) Joyspring," had me savoring the snappy horn chart which embraces Canadian vocalist Heather Bambrick's technically perfect chops, a perfection that doesn't eschew organic ebullience and joy, suffused as it is with a hip, buoyant, guileless sauciness. The second song, “That's Falling in Love"--written, as it turns out, by ...

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Bobbi Wilsyn: It's About Time

Read "It's About Time" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Bobbi Wilsyn has been working with Bill Russo's Chicago Jazz Ensemble for the last 10 years. She also teaches voice at Columbia College of Chicago. She now has a CD under her own name with a title that is right on mark. That it took so long to happen substantiates the view that most record company ...