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The Susan Krebs Chamber Band: Simple Gifts

Read "Simple Gifts" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

..."some bluesy piano soloing, hoedown string work, and more."

Dan Bilawsky in his AAJ review of Krebs' Simple Gifts

Yes, I think nothing of drawing inspiration from my betters on the AAJ staff when stuck on a review. I had reviewed Everything Must Change (GreenGig Music, 2012), finding the release ...

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The Susan Krebs Chamber Band: Simple Gifts

Read "Simple Gifts" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Vocalist Susan Krebs and her musical friends have been putting together thematically-programmed salon concerts in living rooms and small venues for a number of years. Out of that experience comes Simple Gifts, a salon sampler of sorts that gives the at-home listener a taste of the ideas and arrangements that came about through these performances.

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Larry McDonough Quartet: Simple Gifts

Read "Simple Gifts" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Never look a gift horse in the mouth the old saying goes, but pianist Larry McDonough's Simple Gifts is a record that needs careful deconstructing and critiquing.

The CD starts off with a smart arrangement of Beethoven's “Ode to Joy," where Richard Terrill's soprano saxophone states the theme before the musicians take solo turns. They don't ...