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Larry McKenna: From All Sides

Read "From All Sides" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Philadelphian tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna holds what may be, if not a unique distinction, then certainly a rare one of having played with both Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennet. In a career spanning six decades he's played with many other leading jazz figures besides but only occasionally has he stepped out as a leader on a ...

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Vibes and Bass: Frantelunia

Read "Frantelunia" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Other than vibraphonist Gary Burton's periodic duo collaborations with pianist Chick Corea, bassist Steve Swallow, and guitarist Ralph Towner, it's difficult to think of many examples of the vibraphones in a duo setting. Vibraphonist Walt Dickerson and pianist Sun Ra's overlooked album, Visions (Steeple Chase Records, 1978), is one exception, but they aren't too thick on ...

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Petra van Nuis / Andy Brown: Far Away Places

Read "Far Away Places" reviewed by Jack Huntley

The combination of a female vocalist backed by a solo guitar is not a heavily- exploited instrumentation, and there's a reason for that--it's very hard to pull off. While Ella Fitzgerald's recordings with Joe Pass are a perhaps the gold standard, overwhelmingly the piano is the stand-alone accompaniment instrument of choice for singers. But vocalist Petra ...

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John Beasley: Positootly!

Read "Positootly!" reviewed by Larry Taylor

On Positootly!, pianist John Beasley explores a variety of styles for a thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating experience. Each track benefits immensely from the indelible touch of drumming great Jeff “Tain" Watts, in alliance here with percussionist Munyungo Jackson. Hailing from Louisiana, Beasley started playing in the late seventies, getting his seasoning with such jazz greats as ...

High On Classical Gas: Jacques Loussier, Tiempo Libre and James Galway, Burgstaller Martignon

Read "High On Classical Gas: Jacques Loussier, Tiempo Libre and James Galway, Burgstaller Martignon" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Jazz and classical musics should be friends. They have much in common. It is conceivable that a synthesis of the two could be achieved as successfully as that existing between jazz and rock. However, most attempts to meld jazz and classical have yielded mediocre results. Some headway has been made. The recent appearance of pianist Enrico ...


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