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Billy Strayhorn: Out Of The Shadows

Read "Out Of The Shadows" reviewed by Chris Mosey

An elaborate box set from the Danish Storyville label: seven CDs and one DVD, paying tribute to Duke Ellington's arranger and composer Billy Strayhorn that--alas--doesn't quite live up to the ambitions of it's makers.

Ask yourself, was Strayhorn truly the shadowy figure implied by the title?

While the bulk of ...

Ran Blake / Christine Correa: Out of the Shadows

Read "Out of the Shadows" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The spectacular second coupling of pianist Ran Blake and vocalist Christine Correa, Out of the Shadows is one of the most extraordinary albums of 2010. Both are wonderful storytellers in their own right. Music appears to flow and gush and foam through Blake's body, breaking in waves from his hands and fingertips as they flutter and ...

Chris Vadala: Out of the Shadows

Read "Out of the Shadows" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For me, Chris Vadala stepped “out of the shadows" the first time I heard him perform as a guest artist at an IAJE conference. “Who is this guy," I thought to myself, “and where has he been hiding?" I later learned that he had logged serious time with the Chuck Mangione Quintet, appeared on more than ...