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Bill O'Connell

After a 40-year long career that has seen him excel as a leader, soloist, arranger, musical director, and accompanist for some of the most celebrated names in jazz and Latin music, Bill O’Connell can lay claim to a track record of challenging and artistic-diverse triumphs that few of his peers can match. As a recording artist, his 13 dates as a leader have drawn universal critical acclaim while his talents as a pianist and arranger have been tapped by a diverse range of noted soloists to elevate their sessions. Today, as both a respected educator and leader of The Latin Jazz All-Stars, O’Connell’s professional life brims with new opportunities to express and fulfill his singular music vision. O’Connell was born in New York City on August 22, 1953

Brazilian Whispers

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Double Rainbow; Passarim; Waters of March; Amparo; Sonho e Cores; Samba Medley; Never Let Me Go; Ligia; Girl from Ipanema; Triste e Solitario; Espaço Aberto.

Diluvio

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Fast Eye; Cremant; Tempest Dance; Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott, BWV 127: Aria; The Drifter's Plan; Mixology; Into the Clear; Line for Lyons; Impressions.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Robby Ameen: Diluvio

Read "Diluvio" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It's a given that wherever Grammy-winning drummer Robby Ameen goes, irrepressible rhythm is sure to follow. Diluvio, Ameen's third album as leader of his own ensemble, is clearly no exception to the rule. Ameen's half-dozen compositions are intrepid and lively, and even Gerry Mulligan's “Line for Lyons" and John Coltrane's “Impressions," which seal the album, are ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Robby Ameen: Diluvio

Read "Diluvio" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Perhaps it's a flood of rhythm that the title and cover art refer to on this third leader outing from drumming dynamo Robby Ameen. A heavy hitter in Afro-Cuban circles for decades, Ameen's frangible linear Latin funk workouts, intricate rhythmic roadmapping, song-serving chops and good taste have earned him an overwhelmingly positive reputation. Everybody from musical ...

Five Artists: February 2020

Read "Five Artists: February 2020" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Andrea Brachfeld Brazilian Whispers Origin Records 2020 The flute as the lead instrument in any jazz combo relies on an empathic and sensitive rhythm section that will not overpower the wind instrument's delicate voice (Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson notwithstanding). Flautist Andrea Brachfeld happens upon a dandy rhythm section in pianist ...

Wind Off The Hudson

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Wind Off The Hudson; Gospel 6; Jerry's Blues; I Don't Have The Answer; Oye Como Va; Perdido; Cot Cha; Transition; C Jam Blues; Discombobulation.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bill O'Connell and The Afro Caribbean Ensemble: Wind Off The Hudson

Read "Wind Off The Hudson" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bill O'Connell has had plenty to say with his piano in recent times, basically knocking out a session a year for the Savant imprint. And with an exploration within the solo format, a trip with an augmented trio, and ventures promoting a medium-sized conglomerate of heavy-hitters, he's certainly traversed quite an expanse there. But, as Wind ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bill O'Connell: Jazz Latin

Read "Jazz Latin" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

I tre protagonisti del disco--il pianista Bill O'Connell, il bassista Lincoln Goines e il batterista Robby Ameen--sono stati a lungo partner del flautista Dave Valentin, scomparso nel marzo 2017 a cui hanno già dedicato tributi. Sono musicisti di valore che si conoscono bene e ribadiscono un'appartenenza stilistica influenzata dalle musiche latine ma prettamente jazzistica. Il taglio ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Blue Note 50th Anniversaries for March

Read "Blue Note 50th Anniversaries for March" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We're off to Van Gelder's for Blue Note sessions from March 1969, including tracks originally from the Elvin Jones LP The Prime Element with Lee Morgan, George Coleman, and Joe Farrell. And there's Blue Note #7 from 1939, as well as 21st century music that grabbed my ears. Enjoy the show. Next week: listener favorites and ...


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