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Bill Cunliffe

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Jazz pianist, composer and Grammy Award-winning arranger Bill Cunliffe is known for his innovative and swinging recordings and compositions. Bill began his career as pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band and worked with Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson and James Moody. He has since established himself as a solo artist and bandleader, with more than a dozen albums under his name. Bill currently plays with his trio; his big band; his Latin band, Imaginación; and his classical-jazz ensemble, Trimotif. He performs in the U.S. and around the world as a leader and sideman as well as a soloist with symphony orchestras. His latest recording is the Bill Cunliffe Trio album “River Edge, New Jersey,” with bassist Martin Wind and drummer Tim Horner, released in April by Azica Records. Other recent releases include his Overture, Waltz and Rondo for jazz piano, trumpet and orchestra (BCM+D Records, 2012)

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Overtones

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: Night by Night; Bossa for PK; Blues by Eight; Hortense; Lover Man; Over #21; Ground Up; Rickey Speaking.

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Article: Album Review

Doug MacDonald: Overtones

Read "Overtones" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The term “all-star" is not one to be used lightly. Be that as it may, the appellation fits guitarist Doug MacDonald's Los Angeles-based octet as snugly as a glove; he and his colleagues are among the finest, most experienced and in-demand musicians on the West Coast. On Overtones, recorded in September 2021, the ensemble shows its ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bill Cunliffe, Arturo Sandoval & Melissa Errico

Read "Bill Cunliffe, Arturo Sandoval & Melissa Errico" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The multi-talented jazz singer and Broadway actress Melissa Errico begins the 767th Episode of Neon Jazz with a song off her 2022 release Out of the Dark; The Film Noir Project. From there, we glide into Gene Krupa and hear a host of new songs from artists that keep making 2022 a tasty year of jazz ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

High Hat, Trumpet and Rhythm - Celebrating Foremother Valaida Snow Plus New Releases From Tuba Skinny, Esthesis Quartet & More

Read "High Hat, Trumpet and Rhythm - Celebrating Foremother Valaida Snow Plus New Releases From Tuba Skinny, Esthesis Quartet & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Tuba Skinny, Esthesis Quartet (featuring Elsa Nilsson, Tina Raymond, Dawn Clement and Emma Dayhuff , Randy Napoleon and As Is with birthday shoutouts to trumpeter Valaida Snow, guitarist Memphis Minnie, saxophonist Alexa Tarantino, vocalists Dakota Staton, Ann Hampton Callaway, Ian Shaw, and Amanda Eckery, among others. Thanks for listening and ...

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Article: Album Review

Doug MacDonald: Overtones

Read "Overtones" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


Some of you may well remember Arthur Conley's 1967 chart-topper, “Sweet Soul Music." The lyrics began with the imperishable line, “Do you like good music?" That may resonate with listeners of a certain age, because Overtones: Doug MacDonald and the L.A. All Star Octet certainly qualifies as “good music." What is it about West Coast stuff ...

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Article: Album Review

Doug MacDonald and the L.A. All-Star Octet: Overtones

Read "Overtones" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Doug MacDonald's mind is as active as his fingers. The Los Angeles-based guitarist divides his time between writing and playing, and he writes as well as he plays, which is impeccably. Overtones, on which he leads an All-Star Octet (we checked, and all-star is precisely the proper term), is MacDonald's fourth album in the last year ...

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Article: Album Review

Rodger Fox Big Band: You Gotta Know

Read "You Gotta Know" reviewed by Jack Bowers


As trombonist Rodger Fox's superb New Zealand-based big band thunders toward its golden anniversary in 2023, the recordings keep coming. Here are two more, the first (Live) taped in October 2020 during what must have been a much longer concert at the Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland; the second, You Gotta Know, recorded that same year ...

Album

The Jazz All Stars Volume 1

Label: Le Coq Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: There For Flotus; Tu Were Nui; Log Jammin; There You Go; Afro Blue; Caravan; Rockin and Rhythm; Avalon.

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Trio

Label: Le Coq Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Conception; Laura; Ana Maria; The One Step; 7 Steps to Heaven; Good Morning Heartache; My Shining Hour; We See; Just in Time.


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