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Darrian Ford: New Standards

Read "New Standards" reviewed by Geannine Reid

New standards is a term that is often thrown around in jazz. As in all genres, there are articulate writers, with songs that stand the test of time, and others who simply fade into the background. Enter a new artist on the jazz scene, Darrian Ford.

New Standards is Ford's debut full-length album ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Michael Lington At Blue Note Napa

Read "Michael Lington At Blue Note Napa" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Michael Lington
Blue Note Napa
Napa, CA
October 7, 2017

Danish saxophonist Michael Lington and company presented a genuinely rousing evening of contemporary jazz music and a few surprises at the inviting Blue Note Napa venue. The exhilarating second set also included a few tracks from his current Second Nature album ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ JOURNAL

Autumn 2017

Read "Autumn 2017" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz Journal is a regular column consisting of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the genre that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar.

Jim Yanda Trio
Regional Cookin'
Corner Store Jazz
2017

There's an uncanny similarity ...

Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes: The Fever: The Remastered Epic Recordings

Read "The Fever: The Remastered Epic Recordings" reviewed by Doug Collette

Unless a musiclover becomes fully-versed in the full career trajectory of Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes via their latter-day work with Barry Beckett, Nile Rodgers, et.al., as compiled on All I Want Is Everything (Rhino 1993), it's difficult if not impossible to avoid seeing the group as a novelty act at best or worse, a ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK @ NIGHT

Bill Frisell's "Guitar in the Space Age" at the Blue Note

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Bill Frisell
Blue Note
New York, NY
October 4, 2016

It's one month before what is shaping up to be an epochal presidential election; the national mood is tense, nerves are fraying, anxiety is high. And just in the nick of time, here comes guitarist Bill Frisell to save our sanity! He's ...

I 10 CD nel CD-Player di... Marcos Varela

Read "I 10 CD nel CD-Player di... Marcos Varela" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. Kenny Barron -Book of Intuition (Impulse -2016).
Adoro questo disco e questo trio che ho avuto la fortuna di sentire diverse volte dal vivo. Barron è uno dei miei pianisti preferiti sin da quando da giovane lo ascoltavo nei lavori di Stan Getz, nel suo disco Live at Bradley's e in duo con Charlie ...

Bonefish Johnny: Sings the Blues

Read "Sings the Blues" reviewed by James Nadal

The blues comes in many shades and modes, and is ingrained into the character of those who follow its calling. South Florida may not come readily to mind when one thinks of the blues, but singer/guitarist Bonefish Johnny (John Stacey) has been playing his brand of sugarcane soul in the regions bars and juke-joints for over ...

Walker Family Singers: Panola County Spirit

Read "Panola County Spirit" reviewed by James Nadal

The significance of gospel singing in African-American musical heritage is indisputable and well documented. With a history dating back to the infamous period of slavery, it has served as a sense of relief and offered hope for redemption to the faithful. Rooted in the negro spirituals with their intense sorrow songs and joyful jubilees, they were ...

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Marina Crouse At The Sound Room

Read "Marina Crouse At The Sound Room" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Marina Crouse
The Sound Room
First Time Out
Oakland, CA
January 30, 2016

Talented East Bay vocalist Marina Crouse and her superb band lit up the intimate Sound Room with her distinctive brand of rhythm and blues on this chilly Saturday evening. The night was filled with a soulful blend ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dave Douglas Quintet: Brazen Heart

Read "Brazen Heart" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Leading a quintet whose debut recording, Be Still (Greenleaf Music, 2012) was an elegiac song cycle dedicated to his late mother, Dave Douglas' Brazen Heart, sadly, finds the trumpeter / composer in mourning once again. Damon Douglas, Dave's brother, passed away in June 2015. Yet, the overall tenor of Brazen Heart is completely different than Be ...