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Vince Guaraldi

By Derrick Bang Like most so-called overnight successes, Vincent Anthony Guaraldi—who forever described himself as "a reformed boogie-woogie piano player"—worked hard for his big break. The man eventually dubbed "Dr. Funk" by his compatriots was born in San Francisco on July 17, 1928; he graduated from Lincoln High School and then San Francisco State College. Guaraldi began performing while in college, haunting sessions at the Black Hawk and Jackson's Nook, sometimes with the {{Chubby Jackson = 7916}} / {{Bill Harris = 7445}} band, other times in combos with {{Sonny Criss = 5984}} and {{Bill Harris = 7445}}

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Dianne Reeves: Christmas Time Is Here

Read "Christmas Time Is Here" reviewed by Jim Santella

Dianne Reeves puts her personal touch on each of these Christmas carols. Nothing remains ordinary. Each arrangement lets her flow with the freedom that she has always enjoyed in her performances. Reeves' voice makes each of these traditional pieces float with heartfelt joy. “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire," she sings. The scene comes ...

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Dianne Reeves: Christmas Time Is Here

Read "Christmas Time Is Here" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

This is one of those albums that's not really ideal for playing while opening gifts Christmas morning--in a very good sense. Christmas Time Is Here is an above-average and sometimes spectacular album that doesn't deserve to compete with screaming kids and tearing paper for the listener's ear. Reeves is on a tear lately ...


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