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Deborah Shulman: The Shakespeare Project

Read "The Shakespeare Project" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

William Shakespeare's works have generated many musical endeavors. Duke Ellington's Such Sweet Thunder (Columbia Records, 1957) and Leonard Bernstein's score for West Side Story are among those which come to mind. In 1941, British composer Arthur Young recorded Shakespeare in Swing (Decca Records, 1941), which featured his compositions over Shakespeare's words. And, in 1964, celebrated British ...

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Elliot Deutsch: Make Big Band Great Again

Read "Make Big Band Great Again" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Bandleader Elliot Deutsch has come up with a clever angle for his third CD, complete with obligatory red baseball cap and “Make Big Band Great Again" logo. Song titles are precocious too: “Fake News," “Repeal and Replace," “The Great Wall," sandwiched between “America the Beautiful" and an ambivalent ode to his Los Angeles home, “Pink Sunset ...

NEWS: RECORDING

It's A Bird, It's A Plane... It's Superheroes! Randy Waldman's Jazz Superheroes-Packed CD On BFM Jazz, September 21, 2018

It's A Bird, It's A Plane... It's Superheroes! Randy Waldman's Jazz Superheroes-Packed CD On BFM Jazz, September 21, 2018

Randy Waldman's career spans more than 40 years, and he’s performed and toured with many of the biggest names in the jazz, pop and R&B worlds. His work can be heard on hundreds of movies, television shows, and albums. Randy has been Barbra Streisand's pianist and musical director for over 30 years and is featured on many ...

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Simon Pilbrow with the Brent Fischer Orchestra: Colours of Sound

Read "Colours of Sound" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Given the unusual circumstances behind its inception, the album Colours of Sound probably never should have made it to a recording studio. The fact that it did is a happenstance for which every big-band lover and jazz enthusiast should be thankful. The odyssey began in 2011 when Australian composer / pianist Simon Pilbrow wrote a letter ...

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Stan Bann: Penmanship

Read "Penmanship" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To those who know him, it's no secret that Stan Bann is partial to the trombone. After all, the Minnesota-based composer / arranger plays one himself, leads Stan Bann's Big Bone Band and is a mainstay as writer and performer with the Minneapolis Trombone Choir. And as if that weren't a large enough clue, Bann welcomes ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Ralph Hepola

Read "Take Five with Ralph Hepola" reviewed by Ralph Hepola

About Ralph Hepola
Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in the United States, Ralph Hepola studied piano before starting on the tuba at age twelve. At seventeen, he was chosen to play before the British Royal Family in the Manitoba All-Province Band at Brandon, Manitoba in Canada. While still in high school, Ralph began performing ...

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Bill Cunliffe: BACHanalia

Read "BACHanalia" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This is another entry in the durable “jazz meets the classics" subgenre with pianist and bandleader Bill Cunliffe leading a large ensemble through a fun program featuring mostly classical works and familiar standards.

The classical adaptations start off with Johann Sebastian Bach's “Sleepers Awake" played with crisp, muscular drive by the band. Cunliffe and trombonist ...

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Mark Winkler: The Company I Keep

Read "The Company I Keep" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Beatles had it right when they noted that we get by with a little help from our friends. It's a fact that vocalist Mark Winkler can surely testify to. In the wake of losing his husband, Winkler found the comfort and strength he needed through the company he keeps and in the music that feeds ...

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Bill Cunliffe: BACHanalia

Read "BACHanalia" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the title denotes, pianist Bill Cunliffe and his ensemble take a swing (literally) at the great Johann Sebastian on BACHanalia, pivoting as well toward the music of C.P.E. Bach, Sergei Prokofiev, Manuel de Falla, Cole Porter, Oscar Levant and Cunliffe himself. In spite of its classical veneer, this is at its core a jazz session, ...

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Calabria Foti: In the Still of the Night

Read "In the Still of the Night" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

With In the Still of the Night, vocalist Calabria Foti joins the ranks of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Oscar Peterson, and many others -vocalists and instrumentalists -who have dived deeply into the Cole Porter canon. It takes a very special talent to deftly probe the poetic and pithy romantic lingo that the Classic material offers. So, ...