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Content by tag "Judy Wexler"

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 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

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 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Vocalist Judy Wexler Releases New Cd - What I See - On Jazzed Media

Vocalist Judy Wexler Releases New Cd - What I See - On Jazzed Media

Judy Wexler’s fourth and newest CD, What I See (Jazzed Media, September 10, 2013 drop date) follows her acclaimed 2011 release, Under a Painted Sky (4-star review in Downbeat, top 10 on JazzWeek radio chart), and 2008’s Dreams & Shadows (profiled on NPR, debuted at #2 on JazzWeek) with another stunning, out-of-the-box collection of tunes. Since releasing Easy on the Heart in ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Vocalist Judy Wexler Announces East Coast Dates In October

Jazz Vocalist Judy Wexler Announces East Coast Dates In October

Los Angeles vocalist Judy Wexler, whose 3rd CD, “Under a Painted Sky," was released last year to glowing notices, will be singing in New York at the Kitano Hotel on Wednesday, October 17th and at An Die Musik in Baltimore on Thursday, October 18th, 2012. Appearing with her will be pianist Mark Soskin, a stellar NYC player ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

L.A.-Based Jazz Vocalist Judy Wexler Announces May Dates in New York and Boston

L.A.-Based Jazz Vocalist Judy Wexler Announces May Dates in New York and Boston

Los Angeles vocalist Judy Wexler, whose third CD Under a Painted Sky was released last year to glowing notices, will be making a rare East Coast foray in May. Her Boston debut will take place on Wednesday 5/9 at Scullers, and she's scheduled a return visit to New York City, where she's performed on several previous ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2011

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2011" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Another year is in the books, but the music created and/or released during these twelve months is still around, continuing to serve as a reminder of jazz's majesty. While some continue to complain that jazz is stagnant or at death's door, the finest albums released in 2011 say otherwise. I had the distinct pleasure of reviewing ...