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Nate Birkey: Almost Home

Read "Almost Home" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This laid-back, mostly cool jazz album with echoes of the West Coast 1950s sound also bespeaks a certain dramatic intensity. Further, it invokes a shade of country blues as it goes along. Nate Birkey's trumpet and vocal renditions of both his own songs and some standards are enjoyable to hear, partly because they are strongly reminiscent ...

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Jon Regen: Almost Home

Read "Almost Home" reviewed by Rob Cline

Singer-songwriter Jon Regen's songs are solid, if not terribly inspired. Accompanying himself on piano and Hammond organ with Jonathan Sanborn on bass and Eric Addeo on drums, Regen plays charts that sound much like stripped down Bruce Hornsby arrangements. His lyrics--covering love, lost love, love for one's child and the troubadour's obligatory lament about touring--are heavy ...