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Expressive Vocalist Gary Brumburgh Releases "Moonlight" On Cafe Pacific Records

Expressive Vocalist Gary Brumburgh Releases "Moonlight" On Cafe Pacific Records

For vocalist Gary Brumburgh, the lyrics of a song are like dialogue from a play, and when he sings, he approaches the material much like an actor prepares for a role. The lyrics, along with the music, suggest to him a scene and a persona with distinct emotions and motivation. This technique allows him to pour ...

John Proulx: Say It

Read "Say It" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Vocalist/pianist John Proulx has previously released three exceptional recordings on the MAXJAZZ Label (now owned by Mack Avenue Records): Moon and Sand (2006); The Best Thing For You (2006); and Baker's Dozen: Remembering Chet Baker (2016). With the death of MAXJAZZ founder Richard McDonnell, Proulx elected to self-release his recording Say It. The recording is produced ...

John Proulx: Say It

Read "Say It" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

This fourth date from John Proulx clearly marks a new chapter in his career. After delivering three albums on the now-defunct MAXJAZZ imprint, and after a hiatus from recording under his own name, this triple-threat vocalist-pianist-composer returns with his first independently-produced offering. The music spotlights a man who's grown more comfortable in his skin and lived ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Acclaimed Pianist/Vocalist John Proulx Releases "Say It" On Artistshare

Acclaimed Pianist/Vocalist John Proulx Releases "Say It" On Artistshare

A lot of great things have happened in John Proulx’s life. He recorded three albums on the MAXJAZZ label, played with some amazing musicians and toured extensively, making many friends and fans across the country. But after the owner of MAXJAZZ passed away and the catalogue was sold to Mack Avenue Records, Proulx decided it was ...

Mark Winkler: The Company I Keep

Read "The Company I Keep" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The utility of music, at its very core, is entertainment. It is not all about dissonance and consonance, tonal conflict and resolution; heart and intellect, pathos and ethos. Somewhere in everything music has to offer, there must be a smile. It is in music's smile that vocalist Mark Winkler exists. An elegant West Coast mainstay, vocalist/lyricist/composer ...

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Tenor Saxophonist/Composer Anton Schwartz To Release "Flash Mob" Jan. 28

Tenor Saxophonist/Composer Anton Schwartz To Release "Flash Mob" Jan. 28

With Flash Mob, his first new recording in seven years, the expressive and swinging tenor saxophonist/composer Anton Schwartz delivers a disc notable for its well-crafted tunes, riveting ensemble work, and abundance of attitude. Schwartz’s Antonjazz label will release the CD, his fifth since his 1998 debut When Music Calls and first since 2006’s Top 5 radio ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Judy Wexler: What I See

Read "What I See" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

One of the deepest relationships in jazz blossomed on the West Coast in the 1950s, when singer June Christy and arranger Pete Rugolo combined their gifts on numerous albums. Christy supplied the voice and the heart, which Rugolo set off to perfection with exquisite, often surprising arrangements. The deep understanding between the two artists was particularly ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Judy Wexler: What I See

Read "What I See" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Vocalist Judy Wexler has already garnered much attention among the All About Jazz family of critics, having been covered by the likes of colleagues Dan Bilawsky and Nicholas F. Mondello. They both remark on the breadth of Wexler's repertoire, which is impressive. Rather than browbeating us with one more collection of songs inhabiting Scott Yanow's moratorium ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Judy Wexler: What I See

Read "What I See" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

When they excavated the world-famous La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles, scientists discovered an other-worldly array of fossilized treasures. Who would have thought that, millennia ago, in the middle of Tinseltown, saber-toothed tigers and mammoths were sashaying down Rodeo Drive? In an analogous way, What I See from Judy Wexler yields surprisingly terrific finds, primarily ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Judy Wexler: What I See

Read "What I See" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Vocalist Judy Wexler is more than a mere singer of songs. She's an actress, mood painter, song archaeologist and vocalist par excellence, and those designations shouldn't be taken as independent virtues; they all merge in her marvelous musical pursuits.

When I See is Wexler's fourth album, but it only took two--Easy On The ...