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Kareem Kandi Band: Hourglass

Read "Hourglass" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The jazz organ trio, with saxophone and drums, is an efficient concept in terms of musical identity; it exposes the members to the core of their collective musical being, laying bare the total expressiveness of the players, and the strengths and weaknesses of the collective. It's like a mini-big band, with B3 sounds swirling and creating ...

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Frank Kohl: Rising Tide

Read "Rising Tide" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Guitarist Frank Kohl releases his fourth album as a leader, entitled, Rising Tide. The Seattle-based guitarist is joined by bassist Steve LaSpina, pianist (and brother) Tom Kohl, and drummer Jon Doty. Kohl penned five of the eight tunes, with the balance pulling from the standards repertoire.

Kohl's guitar sound is warm, clear and sounds as ...

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The Young Lizards: Our Modern Lifestyle

Read "Our Modern Lifestyle" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The organ trio, once a focal point of soul-drenched jazz in the heyday of such elder statesmen as Jimmy Smith, Richard “Groove" Holmes, Brother Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Charles Earland, Don Patterson and others, hasn't been nearly as prominent in recent years as the ranks of virtuosic organists (Joey DeFrancesco notwithstanding) have thinned. Nevertheless, the organ ...

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Dave Anderson: Clarity

Read "Clarity" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Cresciuto in una famiglia di musicisti e svezzato da una serie di interessanti collaborazioni (Clark Terry, Gene Bertoncini, Mel Torme), il saxofonista Dave Anderson arriva al debutto da leader per la Pony Boy Records a capo di un quartetto compattato da un paio d'anni di comune militanza.

Clarity è un album che rilascia una infinita ...

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Huge CD Giveaway from Jazz Now! Seattle in Celebration of Reaching 1000 Downloads

Jazz Now! Seattle, a new podcast spotlighting all the incredible jazz music coming out of Seattle, WA, has passed the 1000 download mark less than two weeks after their debut. To celebrate, they are giving away tons of CD's from Seattle jazz bands. There are four packages:Origin Records Package: Featuring new CD's from Thomas Marriott, Chad McCullough, ...

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Dave Anderson Quartet: Clarity

Read "Clarity" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Having built a reputation as an exceptional reedman in Seattle, Dave Anderson presents a sparkling debut on the melodically rich Clarity, alternating between alto and soprano saxophones on eight original compositions and two covers. Having performed extensively throughout North America with luminaries like Jim McNeely, Clark Terry and the late great Mel Tormé, Anderson moved to ...

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The Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra: In Progress

Read "In Progress" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It's not true that I never met a big band I didn't like. I just haven't met any lately--especially not from the Seattle area, which gradually and without fanfare has become a breeding ground for invigorating contemporary big band jazz. Case in point: the Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, whose debut CD, In Progress, is a corker ...

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The Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra: In Progress

Read "In Progress" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, a hard-driving local house band from Seattle, debuts with this album sculpted in the finest big band tradition. Led by saxophonist and composer Jim Cutler, the sixteen-piece big band features the best talented musicians from the Puget Sound area. The thirteen lively big band arrangements here are entirely comprised of new ...

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Emerald City Jazz Orchestra: Come Rain or Come Shine

Read "Come Rain or Come Shine" reviewed by Jack Bowers

A rule of thumb for any artistic endeavor is that a sequel is seldom as good as the original. The qualifier “seldom must be used because there are occasional exceptions to the rule. As luck would have it, here comes one now--the Emerald City Jazz Orchestra's remarkable followup to its debut album, Alive and Swingin'! (SMP ...

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Buddy Catlett: Here Comes Buddy Catlett

Read "Here Comes Buddy Catlett" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

Buddy Catlett is a snapshot of everything that's right and wrong with jazz today. A player with legends for more than fifty years--and supposedly Count Basie's favorite bassist--he's currently gigging as a sideman in a Seattle club on Thursday nights. Such unpretentiousness and enduring passion for the craft is what makes so many longtime players so ...