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Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Without A Trace

Read "Without A Trace" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra follows up the highly successful debut album Portraits and Places (Origin, 2016), with another masterpiece recording on Without A Trace offering new and exciting arrangements of three standards and four creative Reeves originals that all together, pack quite a powerful musical punch. A full-tenured professor at The City University of New ...

Anat Cohen/Fred Hersch: Live In Healdsburg

Read "Live In Healdsburg" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When you think of these two lauded artists, duo encounters aren't the first thing likely to come to mind. Pianist Fred Hersch spends most of his time toggling between solo and trio work, and it's almost impossible to keep up with the size and/or scope of clarinetist Anat Cohen's varied pursuits. But that's not to say ...

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Leslie Pintchik: You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!

Read "You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

On this, her sixth album, pianist Leslie Pintchik shows that she can compose distinctive melodies. All of the original compositions she does on this CD are bright and memorable and even the two standards she covers are given surprising arrangements.

She establishes herself from the beginning with the uniquely-titled “You Eat My Food." This turns ...

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Leslie Pintchik: You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!

Read "You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If they gave out awards for album titles, this one would surely be in the running for top honors. “You eat my food, you drink my wine, you steal my girl" is a harsh and odd phrase that rolls off the tongue like some sort of backwoods country accusation-turned-lament, but its origins are far more urban ...

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Michael Dease: Reaching Out

Read "Reaching Out" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Somebody has to be the keeper of the flame, right? In jazz, an art form that has only recently passed the century mark, that responsibility has seemed to diminish in importance. It's not that music schools aren't churning out graduates versed in the traditional repertory, and post-modern players aren't constantly pushing the envelope of possibilities. It's ...

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Jeff Baker: Phrases

Read "Phrases" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

After a seven-year absence, vocalist/composer/arranger/educator and foremost fan of the Boise State Broncos, Jeff Baker has returned to the studio to add to his already impressive discography, which includes: Baker Sings Chet (OA2, 2004); Monologue (OA2, 2005); Shopping for Your Heart (OA2, 2007); Of Things Not Seen (OA2, 2009).

The distance between the earthy, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Chick Corea - Steve Gadd Sextet al Parco della Musica di Roma

Read "Chick Corea - Steve Gadd Sextet al Parco della Musica di Roma" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Chick Corea -Steve Gadd Sextet
Roma Jazz Festival 2017
Parco della Musica
Roma
05.11.2017

Il compito di inaugurare la versione 2017 del Roma Jazz Festival รจ toccata a due mostri sacri del jazz come Chick Corea e Steve Gadd, capaci di richiamare un'affluenza di pubblico tale da riempire la sala ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Christian McBride Big Band: Bringin' It

Read "Bringin' It" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Where and how does Christian McBride find the time to do what he does? His plate is full about nine times over, what with his work as bassist, composer, bandleader, educator, jazz advocate, public speaker, radio personality, DJ, and Artistic Director for the Newport Jazz Festival. It's no wonder that it took him six years to ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony 2017

Read "Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony 2017" reviewed by Gregory Savage

The Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony is hosted by the Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. This year's program ran from August 6th to August 11th. In keeping with the global vision Dave and Iola Brubeck brought to the art form, the Colony features five international students attending through the Brubeck Institute's ...

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John Vanore: Stolen Moments

Read "Stolen Moments" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although Oliver Nelson wasn't with us very long--he died in October 1975, age forty-three--the renowned composer / arranger / saxophonist bequeathed an impressive musical legacy and touched many lives along the way. Among his many admirers is trumpeter John Vanore who first met Nelson in 1966 at an Indiana University summer camp, a meeting, Vanore writes, ...