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Bernie Dresel

Bernie Dresel has been one of the busiest studio and live musicians in the world as both a drummer and percussionist since moving to Los Angeles in 1983 after graduating from the prestigious Eastman School of Music. He has traveled the world, occupying the coveted drum chair for Grammy Award-winning Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band since its inception in 1999. And also, for an overlapping 15 years (1992 to 2006), he was the drummer for the multi-Grammy Award-winning Brian Setzer Orchestra, selling close to 4 million records. Modern Drummer magazine’s readers’ poll named Bernie “Best Big Band Drummer” and Drum! Magazine has put him on their list of “53 Drummers Who Made a Difference in the ’90s” as well as honoring him with a Drummie® for Best Big Band Drummer. Bernie Dresel’ s jazz orchestra, The BBB, is without question one of Los Angeles’ most exciting large jazz ensembles, if not on the planet

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Article: Year in Review

Most Read Album Reviews: 2022

Read "Most Read Album Reviews: 2022" reviewed by Michael Ricci


All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent our most popular in 2022. Anthropods Mark Holub Reviewed by Glenn Astarita June 23, 2022 Los Angeles Forum April 26, 1969 Jimi Hendrix Reviewed by Doug Collette November ...

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Hollywood Christmas

Label: Self-Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year; The Holiday Season; Happy Holiday; The Christmas Song; White Christmas; Santa Claus is Coming to Town; Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree; Here Comes Santa Claus; Jingle Bells; Frosty the Snowman; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; Winter Wonderland; Let it Snow; Up on the Housetop; There's No Place Like Home; I'll Be Home For Christmas; Coming Home; Somewhere in My Memory; Someway, Somehow.

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Blooz

Label: MESA/Bluemoon
Released: 2022
Track listing: Preach; Side Hustle; Carlos En Siete; Time Enough At Last; Fat Back; Rage Cage; Robben's Hood; One G and Two J's; Stranger Danger; Whitewalls and Big Fins; This and That; Sorry Not Sorry.

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Article: Album Review

Bernie Dresel: The Pugilist

Read "The Pugilist" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Jack Bowers, All About Jazz's large ensemble authority, previously considered this entire recording, The Pugilist, remarking that ..."if swing is your thing, you've come to the right place, as that is what Dresel and his elite group of sun-baked sidemen (and two women) do best and most often." One of the elements that ensures “swing" is ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dick Hyman, Harold Betters & Bill Charlap

Read "Dick Hyman, Harold Betters & Bill Charlap" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Our 737th Episode of Neon Jazz begins with celebrated NYC pianist Bill Charlap with a cut from his Street of Dreams (Blue Note, 2021). From there, we hear Gerry Mulligan and a story from Bill about his time on the bandstand with the legend. We also get into new music from Elena Macque and hear about ...

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Article: Album Review

The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel: The Pugilist

Read "The Pugilist" reviewed by Jack Bowers


No, drummer Bernie Dresel hasn't taken a day gig at the Los Angeles-area Better Business Bureau; the BBB in front of his name stands for Bernie's Big Band or Bernin' Big Band or Bernie's Bernin' Band or something like that. It's really hard to say, as the band's full name isn't spelled out anywhere, even on ...

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The Pugilist

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Pugilist; Running and Jumping; Lulu’s Back in Town; Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough; You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To; World Premiere; Positive for the Blues; 100R 2Noon; Rico’s Rowdy Rhumba; I Got Rhythm; La Vie en Rose; All Blues; What Could Possibly Go Wrong?; Zomby Woof.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Steve Coleman, Ben Wendel & More

Read "Steve Coleman, Ben Wendel & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We open this week with a talented New York-based pianist making good waves in jazz, Andy Milne and Dapp Theory. We then travel North into Milne's home country, Canada, to hear the great Collective Order before moving to the British scene to hear Mia Dyberg and back to America with Ben Wendel. Finally, we give the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Chillin' or Bernin'

Read "Chillin' or Bernin'" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


We start this installment by looking at two artists confronting the jazz doldrums in the nineteen seventies and early eighties, then move on to two brand new releases by artists dealing with tradition in different ways, whether the small group classics of the fifties and sixties or the big band legacy. Talk about Lloyd Cole, Stephin ...


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