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ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Christmas 2015 V: A Concord Christmas – David Benoit, Jane Monheit and the Count Basie Orchestra

Read "Christmas 2015 V: A Concord Christmas – David Benoit, Jane Monheit and the Count Basie Orchestra" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Well, it ain't over 'til it's over...The Concord Music Group issued two notable Holiday releases.

The David Benoit Trio with Jane Monheit and the All American Boys Chorus
Believe
Concord
2015

What Believe is, is a slick updating of Vince Guraladi's A Charlie Brown Christmas (Fantasy, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Paul Jost: The First Thing is Heart

Read "Paul Jost: The First Thing is Heart" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Even for a musician who has been playing and singing since age six, Paul Jost has just come through one exceptional year.

First, he released his debut with The Jost Project, Can't Find My Way Home (2013, Dot.Time Records), featuring the leader on vocals, harmonica and guitar, with drummer Charlie Patierno, double bassist Kevin ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Steve Wilson: Lifetime of Study

Read "Steve Wilson: Lifetime of Study" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]

I'm very happy to have the opportunity to interview a musician that I've worked with a lot over the years. When people say that a musician has worked with everybody in the business, Steve Wilson has literally worked with everyone in ...

George Benson: Inspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole

Read "Inspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Million-selling, hugely popular and readily recognisable jazz artists are a bit thin on the ground these days. So when one such giant records a tribute to another it's something of an event. George Benson's Inspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole certainly falls into that category: an album of songs from one of the biggest stars ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joey DeFrancesco: Wonderful! Wonderful!

Read "Wonderful! Wonderful!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The organ trio is one of the most time-tested aggregations in jazz, and the men who form said grouping on Wonderful! Wonderful! are three of the most treasured musicians to ever play their instruments. Organ giant Joey DeFrancesco, guitar hero Larry Coryell and swinging drum stalwart Jimmy Cobb all set the bar impossibly high on their ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Jazz Vocalist Bob Rawleigh Covers The Beach Boys, Stephen Bishop, And Other Pop Icons On New CD

Q: When did you decide to become a singer? A: I actually started singing at 12-years-old and have loved singing ever since. Q: Was jazz always your primary music of choice? A: R&B was my first love. Then I was encouraged by my vocal coaches in my 20s to listen to Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Jack ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Al Jarreau: Simple and Necessary Happiness

Read "Al Jarreau: Simple and Necessary Happiness" reviewed by Esther Berlanga-Ryan

There are very few jazz greats that make people who love this music smile in awe while witnessing their beautiful talent. Jazz is larger than life, and they all contribute to its greatness every day, whether it is from a small stage in the Village in New York, or from some old record, spinning while popping ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Shorty Rogers: Four Classic Albums

Read "Shorty Rogers: Four Classic Albums" reviewed by David Rickert

Shorty Rogers

Four Classic Albums

Avid Group

2011

Trumpeter Shorty Rogers was one of the few jazz musicians to embrace the big band sound long after the commercial appeal for the genre was over, and despite the lack of commercial viability, he produced a series of terrific albums in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Deep Blue Organ Trio: Wonderful!

Read "Wonderful!" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Chicago's Deep Blue Organ Trio mines one of popular soul artist Stevie Wonder's most fertile creative periods--the late sixties through the early seventies--on Wonderful!. The organ trio format is known for its unvarnished soulfulness, and the group's reverent treatment of these familiar hits gives a breezy lift to Wonder's always engaging and ebullient melodies.

Judy Wexler: Under A Painted Sky

Read "Under A Painted Sky" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Few singers would dare dive into music associated with Johnny Mathis, Carmen McRae, Abbey Lincoln and the 1962 film, The Music Man, on the same album; even fewer would be able to pull it off as vocalist Judy Wexler does on Under A Painted Sky. Wexler possesses a voice for the ages, and puts it to ...