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Norman Connors: Love From The Sun

Read "Love From The Sun" reviewed by Chris May

Love From The Sun is the last unalloyed jazz album recorded by drummer, composer and bandleader Norman Connors under his own name, before he changed course towards R&B and then descended--yes, let us embrace a judgemental moment--into the quagmires of disco and smooth jazz. In autumn 1973, when this album was recorded, Connors, who had made ...

Mike Clark & Delbert Bump: Retro Report

Read "Retro Report" reviewed by Kevin Press

Go ahead. Judge this album by its cover. That 1970-something Ford grill tells you everything you need to know. It's big, funky and stamped Made In USA.

These 11 cuts are Hammond-organ groovy. Which is to say Delbert Bump groovy. And the only thing better than a Bump groove is one paired with former ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

Jason Marsalis Quartet at SOUTH

Read "Jason Marsalis Quartet at SOUTH" reviewed by Steve Bryant

Jason Marsalis Quartet
SOUTH
Philadelphia, PA
October 5, 2015

It is difficult under normal circumstances for the youngest sibling in a family. When that family is named Marsalis then the dynamic changes and there exists a whole slew of standards and expectations. That is the environment that Jason ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: Dee Dee's Feathers

Read "Dee Dee's Feathers" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Much has been said and written about the resilience of the people, culture, and spirit of New Orleans, but the music that continues to come out of NOLA confirms that truth better than any speech or essay ever could. For the story of that fair city--good, bad, and bruised as it has been--can only truly be ...

NEWS: RADIO

Tony Adamo Thanks Radio For The Spins & Music Reviews

Tony Adamo Thanks Radio For The Spins & Music Reviews

Legendary Drummer Mike Clark Produces Tony Adamo's New CD “Mike Clark gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock’s group in the early 1970’s. Mike became known as a major innovator through his incisive playing on Hancock’s THRUST album, which garnered him an international cult following.” (Drumworld) Clark ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Tony Adamo & The New York Crew Is Reviewed By Kirpal Gordon

Tony Adamo & The New York Crew Is Reviewed By Kirpal Gordon

By Kirpal Gordon The killin’ist thing about Tony Adamo = 1728 and the New York Crew is that everybody in the band, especially the dope rhyme sayer, has got big ears all the way back to New Orleans and ancient-forward into the ever-evolving multi-new thing. It’s big ears working together that’s keeping this CD in Jazzweek's Chart ...

Harvey Mason: Chameleon

Read "Chameleon" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

When you've been making music as long as Harvey Mason has as a solo artist and manning the drum chair for Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Donald Byrd,and more artists than there is space here to list, you are not only pleasing longtime fans, you're making new converts as well. Some who might ask, “This guy's pretty ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jim Clayton: Songs My Daughter Knows

Read "Songs My Daughter Knows" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Jim Clayton must have one hip daughter; or perhaps it's the other way around. Regardless, both parties clearly inspire one another through music. On the simply-and-directly titled Songs My Daughter Knows, Clayton explores the musical ins-and-outs of the first three years spent with his cherished child--Eileen Agnes “Lenny" Clayton.

The album opens ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Herbie Hancock: The Complete Columbia Albums Collection 1972-1988

Read "Herbie Hancock: The Complete Columbia Albums Collection 1972-1988" reviewed by John Kelman

As Legacy Records slowly works its way through complete album collection boxes for artists ranging from Stanley Clarke and The Brecker Brothers to the massive Miles Davis and Johnny Cash boxes, one of the notable absences has been keyboardist Herbie Hancock. While he was not a Columbia artist for as long as either Cash or Davis, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Cliff Hines: Wanderlust

Read "Wanderlust" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The melting pot mentality of New Orleans is responsible, in some part, for the existence and evolution of jazz in the first place, so it should come as no shock that it still serves a central hub for creativity and experimentation through combinatorial musical means. Guitarist/vocalist/composer Cliff Hines is a product of this environment, but he's ...