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Billy Test

Pennsylvania native Billy Test is an emerging, award-winning New York City based pianist, composer, arranger, and educator. Test graduated summa cum laude from William Paterson University in 2011 with a dual degree in jazz and classical piano performance; winning the first concerto competition in the university’s history in 2011. Test’s teachers included Mulgrew Miller, Harold Mabern, James Weidman, Armen Donelian and Gary Kirkpatrick. In May of 2015, Test completed his masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where his teachers included Jim McNeely, Garry Dial, Phil Markowitz, Dave Liebman, Lisa Yui, and Marjean Olson

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Dave Liebman tra Maestri e allievi

Read "Dave Liebman tra Maestri e allievi" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Classe 1946, Dave Liebman viaggia verso i settantacinque anni, ma li porta con una leggerezza e un'energia che gli permettono un'invidiabile produttività e, soprattutto, un encomiabile e continuo livello qualitativo dei suoi lavori. I tre che prendiamo qui in considerazione sono tutti di uscita recente, anche se la loro registrazione risale in due casi--entrambi live--a qualche ...

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Article: Album Review

The John Goldsby Trio: Segment

Read "Segment" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Let's humor one another and just say that it's the hardest of the hard core who won't find themselves swept up in this snazzy little tart of a disc. It's music that gives you enough rope to range and get your chores done but holds you always in its easeful sway as the world is in ...

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Segment

Label: Basic Lion Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Things That Go Bump In The Night; Goodbye Porkpie Hat; Coming Down Roses; Sergio; Shadows of Change; Spinning; Segment; Blue Dahlia; Fall Calls; The Sequence of Things. Digital-only bonus tracks: Cinema Paradiso; Love Is Enough; Carousel; Black Forest Blues.

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Blue Soul

Label: Strikezone Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Trouble Man; Aha; What’s Going On; Came to Believe; Blues Strut; When Doves Cry; Wichita Lineman; Shadowboxing; Stan’s Shuffle.

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Article: Album Review

Dave Stryker: Blue Soul

Read "Blue Soul" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Germany's WDR Big Band has welcomed a great variety of musicians such as Fred Hersch, Michel Camilo, Ambrose Akinmusire and Jimmy Heath as guest soloists over the years. On this occasion they provide an invigorating backdrop for the springy and soulful guitar of Dave Stryker. The set list on this CD finds Stryker and ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Stryker with Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band: Blue Soul

Read "Blue Soul" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Bob Mintzer had an idea. The renowned tenor saxophonist, who serves as principal conductor of Cologne, Germany's world-class WDR Big Band, had made several appearances as guest artist with guitarist Dave Stryker's New York-based organ trio and was so impressed that he thought it would be a good idea to re-orchestrate some of Stryker's music for ...

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Article: Album Review

Aimee Allen: Wings Uncaged

Read "Wings Uncaged" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Vocalist Aimée Allen arrived on the scene in 2006 with Dream (Azuline Music). She then digitally released L'Inexplicable (Azuline, 2007) followed by Winters and Mays (Azuline, 2011) and Matter of Time (Azuline, 2015). With Wings Uncaged Allen's socially observant style reaches a new maturity. The standard “Invitation" is given a refreshingly modern arrangement. François ...

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News: Recording

Performance And Visual Artist Diane Hoffman To Release Third Album Do I Love You Produced By Ulysses Owens, Jr. Featuring A Dynamic Ensemble

Performance And Visual Artist Diane Hoffman To Release Third Album Do I Love You Produced By Ulysses Owens, Jr. Featuring A Dynamic Ensemble

Vocalist and visual artist Diane Hoffman will release her third album entitled Do I Love You on October 9, 2018. On the recording, Hoffman once again chose to feature drummer/percussionist Ulysses Owens, Jr. with whom she previously worked and, who for this project, produced and assembled a formidable ensemble that includes Billy Test, piano; Jacob Kelberman, ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Feinberg: Whatever Possessed Me

Read "Whatever Possessed Me" reviewed by Don Phipps


Tribute bands are glowingly appreciated by fans of great rock acts; perhaps it's time jazz fans got with it! Michael Feinberg's Whatever Possessed Me is a dedication to the works and sound of John Coltrane and his classic quartet with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones. The performances on this album are so good, one ...


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