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Kenny & Leah: You and the Night and the Music

Read "You and the Night and the Music" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A perfect marriage of saxophone and voice, saxophonist Kenny Soderblom and his wife, vocalist Leah McCoy Soderblom, pay tribute to great American jazz standards in a intimate and sensuous performance with You and the Night and the Music. Leah lends her sultry vocals, delivering a host of love songs from the title track to “Dancing In ...

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Jackie Ryan: You and the Night and the Music

Read "You and the Night and the Music" reviewed by Joel Roberts

San Francisco-based chanteuse Jackie Ryan has a smoky contralto, an impressively wide vocal range and an actress' flair for delivering dramatic lyrics. That adds up to a winning combination on this collection of love songs.

Backed by a top-notch trio of Los Angeles musicians, Ryan delivers straight-ahead performances of 14 mostly familiar romantic tunes. ...

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Sonny Fortune: You and the Night and the Music

Read "You and the Night and the Music" reviewed by Troy Collins

From the generation of post-bop saxophonists following in the shadow of John Coltrane, multi-instrumentalist Sonny Fortune comes closest to capturing Coltrane's spirit and intensity. Since the late 1960s, Fortune has made an indelible mark on jazz history, collaborating with Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis and Mongo Santamaria, among other luminaries. Despite his numerous side-man appearances ...

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Jackie Ryan: You and the Night and the Music

Read "You and the Night and the Music" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

On most vocal recordings, singers are accompanied by their usual band, perhaps with a famous guest sitting in for a track or two. If the singer and band are good, the result is pleasing--but when the singer is excellent, the band is a crackling, long-term trio on its own, and the guest is a legend, it ...

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Sonny Fortune: You and the Night and the Music

Read "You and the Night and the Music" reviewed by Joel Roberts

While he's been overshadowed by other saxophonists throughout much of his career, Sonny Fortune has been an important force in jazz for many years, playing in a style that owes much to John Coltrane and was showcased in the bands of Coltrane's key collaborators, Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner--as well as in a stint with Miles ...

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Alan Broadbent: You And The Night And The Music

Read "You And The Night And The Music" reviewed by Rich Friedman

Alan Broadbent joins an esteemed group of jazz pianists—Bill Charlap, Brad Mehldau, Bill Cunliffe, and Don Friedman, to name just a few—who critics, at one time or another, have anointed the next Bill Evans. It’s a curse and a compliment, much like an athlete making the cover of Sports Illustrated and having to live up to ...

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Alan Broadbent: You And The Night And The Music

Read "You And The Night And The Music" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

A big-band arranger with two Grammy nominations to his name, Alan Broadbent has simultaneously maintained successful recording careers as arranger, pianist, and bandleader. A staunch advocate of the trio, Broadbent adds his latest release, You And The Night And The Music, to nine previous recordings in that format. Featuring veteran drummer Joe Labarbera and bassist Brian ...

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Alan Broadbent: You And The Night And The Music

Read "You And The Night And The Music" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

You and The Night And The Music marks pianist Alan Broadbent’s A440 debut and his first trio outing (under his own name) since Personal Standards (Concord, 1997). Six years is a long time by any standard, but You and The Night And The Music proves itself worth the wait. Mr. Broadbent is a class act and ...

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Alan Broadbent: You And The Night And The Music

Read "You And The Night And The Music" reviewed by Jim Santella

When Alan Broadbent first started out, he was playing six nights a week in Boston with a trio. The nightclub format offered him a chance to develop his ideas and test them out before a live audience. Then came stints with Woody Herman, Nelson Riddle, and other collaborations on the West Coast. Maybeck Recital Hall, Grammy ...