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Bassist-composer, Ben Wolfe, has recently released his new CD, “No Strangers Here” on MAXJAZZ. As Wynton Marsalis said, “Ben Wolfe swings with authority.” And as can be heard from Ben’s original compositions on this, his fifth and newest CD, Ben also innovates and “scores” with authority. Downbeat Magazine says, “ He hews to the esthetic of group interplay and the rhythm’s of bebop, and displays a well-honed sense of sonic narrative.” In January 2008, The New York Sun reviewed Ben’s new composition, “From Here I See,” created for the Harlem in the Himalayas series at the Rubin Museum, as a piece “Bernstein would doubtlessly have approved of.” Like many of Ben’s compositions, this 25-minute Suite fell into line with the jazz concept of a double quartet " a format that combines the standard jazz quartet with the standard string quartet. Ben Wolfe’s work is a true ensemble " expressed in the group sound, rather than dominated by extended solo compositions

Dressed in a Song

Label: JWAL Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Dressed In A Song (Taylor Eigsti: piano); You Go To My Head (Jim Ridl: piano); The Last Muse (Obed Calvaire: percussion; Becca Stevens vocals; Ben Wolfe: bass; Julius Rodriguez: piano); What The World Needs Now (Orrin Evans: piano); Brother John (Marc Cary: piano); Can It Be Done? (Jean Michel Pilc: piano); All Through The Night.

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Brent Birckhead, Chicago Underground Qt., Roger Kellaway and Other New Releases

Read "Brent Birckhead, Chicago Underground Qt., Roger Kellaway and Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Second part of this week's ride through the new releases prairie with music by artists that cover a lot of ground, from Chicago Underground Quartet to Jesse Harris, from Valentina Ciardelli's take on Frank Zappa to Roger Kellaway' interpretation of Paul Desmond, and much more For the first part of the show click ...

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JD Walter: Dressed in a Song

Read "Dressed in a Song" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

JD Walter is a consummate vocalist who has devoted himself over many years to evolving a unique style that is nevertheless ensconced in the jazz tradition. The public relations sheet for this new CD states that “this is his first release since recovering from a life-threatening heart condition and surgeries on his heart and vocal cords." ...

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Playing Catch Up With 2019

Read "Playing Catch Up With 2019" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There always seems to be a constant flow of worthwhile new music coming out, so much that it is to be impossible to cover it all within its calendar year. Here are seven notable releases from the last few months of 2019. Gebhard Ullmann mikroPULS Intuition 2019 The ...

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We Three Holiday Happenings: Season's Greetings From Benny Benack III and the Steven Feifke Big Band, Martina DaSilva and Dan Chmielinski, and Dave Stryker

Read "We Three Holiday Happenings: Season's Greetings From Benny Benack III and the Steven Feifke Big Band, Martina DaSilva and Dan Chmielinski, and Dave Stryker" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's Christmas all over again, so deck the halls, break out the eggnog and get ready for a proliferation of holiday albums. As with any and every year, there are plenty of new jazz releases that fall into this most festive category and saturated market. Some lean solely on popular favorites, sticking close to the templates ...

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New releases and a special focus on albums from Dease and Giancola

Read "New releases and a special focus on albums from Dease and Giancola" reviewed by Bob Osborne

New music all the way with two featured albums from Michael Dease and Trevor Giancola... and some great new releases from the Caligola Records label. Playlist Michael Dease “Mirror Image" from Never More Here (Posi-tone) 00:00 Trevor Giancola “Report Card" from Sonnet 18 (TQM Recording Co) 07:41 Ben Wolfe “Blind Seven" from Fatherhood (Resident ...

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New Music from Lauren Lee, Eric Wyatt, Manuel Dunkel and More

Read "New Music from Lauren Lee, Eric Wyatt, Manuel Dunkel and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we feature loads of new releases, including music from Lauren Lee, Eric Wyatt, Manuel Dunkel and Mark Fox. Playlist Eric Wyatt “Bud Powell" from The Golden Rule, For Sonny (Whaling City Sound ) 00:00 fo mo deep “Move On Up" from Szygy (RH Media) 09:10 Lauren Lee “Windowsill" from Windowsill (ears&eyes ...

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Brandon Goldberg: Let's Play

Read "Let's Play" reviewed by Don Phipps

Can a 12-year old pianist offer up the emotional depth necessary to handle tunes like Duke Ellington's “In a Sentimental Mood," Matt Dennis's “Angel Eyes," or Thelonious Monk's “Well You Needn't?" The answer appears to be yes, and then some. Brandon Goldberg's exciting album, Let's Play, reveals that a young man can not only convey emotional ...

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Spring 2019

Read "Spring 2019" 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. Brandon Goldberg Let's Play Self Produced 2019 Brandon Goldberg's debut album offers proof ...


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