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Kristen Lee Sergeant: Smolder

Read "Smolder" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Sometimes it takes an entire album, or even a few, to appreciate an artist's depth. But in the case of vocalist Kristen Lee Sergeant, you can get there in a song. Her morphing take on '80s new wave outfit Spandau Ballet's “True," revealing a theatrical streak and some pure and pliable pipes, does the job and ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Conversation with Vocalist Kristen Lee Sergeant

Read "A Conversation with Vocalist Kristen Lee Sergeant" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

Join me on this episode for a chat with Kristen Lee Sergeant. Her new album, Smolder, showcases her skillful use of lyrics that commands the listener to not only hear her but also see her through the speaker. Smolder features Jeb Patton on piano, Cameron Brown on bass, Jay Sawyer on drums, Ted Nash on saxophone ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Movie Songs and Remembering Ethel Ennis

Read "Movie Songs and Remembering Ethel Ennis" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The final day of station fundraising also included new releases from Mariel Austin, Emmet Cohen, Yelena Eckemoff and The Becoming Quintet with birthday shout outs to Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone, Warren Vache, Michel Legrand and Patti Wicks among others. Also women-penned movie songs to honor Oscar Night and remembering Ethel Ennis.

Playlist Hal Schaefer ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Jay Clayton’s ScatLab—A Vocal Jazz Workout

Read "Jay Clayton’s ScatLab—A Vocal Jazz Workout" reviewed by Suzanne Lorge

For the last decade, free-bop vocalist Jay Clayton has been conducting regular “scat labs" out of the Manhattan teaching space that she shares with NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan. In ScatLab, jazz singers of all levels of experience meet up to trade twos and fours, riff on traditional blues heads, and improvise on well-known songbook tunes. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Bailey: In Real Time

Read "In Real Time" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

John Bailey is a veteran New York-based trumpet player who has worked as a sideman in a variety of genres. Now, at the age of 52, he has released his first CD as a leader and it's as stylish and professional as would be expected.

Bailey's playing is full of passion and fire, and ...

Dave Ballou: Quadrants (for solo trumpet)

Read "Quadrants (for solo trumpet)" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Dave Ballou è un trombettista di cinquantacinque anni (il 22 aprile) del Rhode Island con all'attivo, a partire dal 1997, undici album a suo nome con a fianco musicisti del calibro di Michael Formanek, Cameron Brown, Tony Malaby, Randy Peterson, Drew Gress e svariati altri, nonché incisioni a firma dello stesso Formanek (il bellissimo The Distance, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lena Bloch: Heart Knows

Read "Heart Knows" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Tenor saxophonist Lena Bloch has a cool, cerebral style and a definite and captivating lyricism. Her second release Heart Knows demonstrates this quite well. In addition, Bloch showcases her inventive compositional skills as she contributes four intriguing originals to the album.

One of Bloch's mentors, multi-reed player Yusef Lateef inspired the poetic and multilayered ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

AA.VV.: Povezave / Connessioni

Read "Povezave / Connessioni" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Povezave / Connessioni

AA.VV.

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Klopotec

Saxofour: Jast a Closer Walk With Thee; Sheila Jordan & Cameron Brown: Confirmation; Karlheinz “Carlitos" Miklin & Quinteto Argentina: Palomar; The Fonda/Stevens Group: A Summer's Morning; Dennis Gonzalez & Joao Paulo: Theme from Pradis; Disorder at the Border: Faithful; ...

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Krzysztof Popek: Fresh Air Project

Read "Fresh Air Project" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Time has stamped Krzysztof Popek as a potent force on the Polish jazz scene. The flautist could have found a comfort zone in his native land given the accolades he accumulated there. Instead, he gathered a varied supporting cast of international musicians over the years,and built a strong edifice to his musical explorations. He stamps his ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lena Bloch & Feathery: Heart Knows

Read "Heart Knows" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Lena Bloch mocks the “sophomore jinx" myth with her second CD release, Heart Knows. The tenor saxophonist's debut, Feathery, drew a good deal of well-deserved praise. With her saxophone intertwined with a responsive guitar/bass/drums rhythm section, Bloch paid tribute--in part--to pianist Lennie Tristano, via her relationship with alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. On Heart Knows, Bloch moves ...