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Paula West: Live at Jazz Standard

Read "Live at Jazz Standard" reviewed by Tom Pierce

Devotees of superior jazz vocalists have several reasons to rejoice about this fourth CD by the highly respected San Francisco-based Paula West. First and foremost, the recording is simply a true knockout; but the rejoicing is also because, despite rave audiences and reviews for over a decade, this is West's first release since the impressively executed ...

Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra: Live at Jazz Standard

Read "Live at Jazz Standard" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Fred Hersch has amassed an impressive discography since his arrival on the jazz scene in the '70s. In addition to stints with Stan Getz, Art Farmer and Toots Thielemans, and numerous appearances as a sideman, the pianist has recorded over two dozen albums as a leader, co-leader or solo performer, as well as composing extensively. Hersch, ...

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Dave Douglas & Keystone: Live at Jazz Standard

Read "Live at Jazz Standard" reviewed by Ted Gordon

In 1961, Bob Thiele set up a portable reel-to-reel tape recorder at the Village Vanguard to record John Coltrane's quintet. Though there was no official plan for releasing the tapes, Thiele knew that recording every single night of these performances had to be done. The resulting release proves his historical foresight. In 2006, Greenleaf music took ...

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Nancy King: Live at Jazz Standard

Read "Live at Jazz Standard" reviewed by Jim Santella

Nancy King's duo performance with pianist Fred Hersch on Live at Jazz Standard allows her to share emotional warmth--which she's portrayed naturally throughout a career that spans over forty years--with her audience in an intimate setting. King's personal interpretations of standards and other popular songs have always worked well in the duo format. Her recorded collaborations ...

Nancy King with Fred Hersch: Live At Jazz Standard

Read "Live At Jazz Standard" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Nancy King is a jazz vocalist who swings for the fences. An all-out scat master, King possesses all of the elasticity of Betty Carter and all of the panache and control of Ella Fitzgerald. Fred Hersch is a pianist's pianist, the finest ballad-oriented player to emerge from the long shadow of Bill Evans. It's a bit ...

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Bill Mays Trio: Live at Jazz Standard

Read "Live at Jazz Standard" reviewed by Ken Franckling

After six years together, pianist Bill Mays, bassist Martin Wind, and drummer Matt Wilson decided to record in the setting where most musicians say magic really happens: feeding off the energy of a live audience. This disc was recorded over three nights last December at New York's Jazz Standard.

Mays is one of ...

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Bill Mays Trio: Live at Jazz Standard

Read "Live at Jazz Standard" reviewed by John Kelman

Pianist Bill Mays, now in his early sixties, is proof positive that aging needn't necessarily imply either slowing down or settling into a comfort zone. He has been an active collaborator with artists like Bud Shank (with whom he performed at this year's Ottawa International Jazz Festival), Shirley Horn, and Gerry Mulligan, but he's also established ...

Lonnie Plaxico: Live at Jazz Standard

Read "Live at Jazz Standard" reviewed by John Kelman

The M-BASE Collective, when it first emerged in the ‘80s, championed a style that was about rhythmic unpredictability that was nevertheless mathematical in its precision, and a new way of looking at harmony that differentiated it from the post bop language of the young lions of the time. Bassist Lonnie Plaxico has the advantage of having ...

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Ren: Live at Jazz Standard

Read "Live at Jazz Standard" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Have you ever had someone say to you, “You really missed your calling”? Well, René Marie (no last name given, and none necessary) really did miss hers. Happily for René Marie and those who’ve heard her sing, either live or on record, she was able to find it. Better late than never.

René Marie always wanted ...