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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

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jon Di Fiore: Yellow Petals

Read "Yellow Petals" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The attraction of a flower is more than its appearance at first sight. Each petal in a flower represents a nuance that adds to the fascination of the flower as a whole and so it is with drummer Jon Di Fiore's album Petals. Every composition on the album is penned by DI Fiore ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jon DiFiore: Patience

Read "Patience" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

Patience is typically defined as the capacity to tolerate delay without getting upset. This works quite well as a debut album title for New Jersey-born drummer Jon Di Fiore. Patience makes an excellent case for being unhurried, the same way a person might wait to speak to say something worthwhile. Di Fiore's compositions, fleshed out by ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Billy Test: Solo Piano at The Kitano

Read "Billy Test: Solo Piano at The Kitano" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

Billy Test SoloThe KitanoNew York, NYMarch 13, 2012Solo piano is a format that acts as a statement of achievement as much as it is a stylistic choice. It's not a venture for the half-hearted; solo piano concerts are typically conducted by longstanding luminaries like Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau. However, for ...


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