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Reimagined, Vol. 1: Jazz Standards

Label: Bluejay Records
Released: 2003
Track listing: All Blues; Mood Indigo; Freedom Jazz Dance; Somewhere; Impressions; Manteca; Solar; Giant Steps; How Long Has This Been Going On??; Caravan; Countdown (63:23).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Smith/Michael Zilber: Reimagined, Vol. 1: Jazz Standards

Read "Reimagined, Vol. 1: Jazz Standards" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Saxophonist/arranger Michael Zilber has been “Zilberizing" popular and jazz standards for more than twenty years, and drummer Steve Smith, with whom he has played in various groups for the past six, suggested that he record an album of his “reimagined" tunes, which is what we have here. Reimagining, writes Zilber, is “the process where[by] everything in ...

Crescent City

Label: Bluejay Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: 1. Crecent City (Simpkins) - 4:24 2. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? (Alter/De Lange) - 6:01 3. Latin Lover (Simpkins) - 6:01 4. Bayou Blues (Simpkins) - 6:48 5. One O'Clock Jump (Basie) - 4:36 6. Shake (Cooke) - 6:55 7. Goodbye Mr. T (Simpkins) - 6:37 8. Calypso Carnaval (Simpkins) - 3:15 9. Just a Closer Walk (Traditional) - 5:17 10. The Court of Two Sisters (Simpkins) - 5:01

New Orleans Friends & Flavors

Label: Bluejay Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: 1. Big Chief (King) - 6:23 2. New Orleans (Carmichael) - 5:48 3. Walk on By (Bacharach/David) - 4:35 4. That Old Black Magic (Arlen/Mercer) - 5:30 5. Work Song (Adderley) - 4:36 6. Cryin' Time (Owens) - 5:01 7. Spanish Rice and Beans (Simpkins) - 5:45 8. Them There Eyes (Pinkard/Tauber/Tracey) - 3:24

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Nat Simpkins: Crescent City

Read "Crescent City" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Crescent City is tenor saxophonist Nat Simpkins' fourth CD and undoubtedly his best. Simpkins has created a hard-boppin', soul-jazz masterpiece, giving his sound a touch of that old Nawlins funk. The result is a gumbo of sorts that is rollicking and yet sentimental. Simpkins brought together a stalwart group of New Orleans musicians to ...

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Henri Smith: New Orleans Friends & Flavors

Read "New Orleans Friends & Flavors" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Those familiar with the New Orleans radio and television community (WWOZ-FM and WSJZ-FM and the “New Orleans Live" show) have undoubtedly heard Henri Smith's deep, resonant voice and his suave smooth delivery -- first as a disc jockey and then as a TV host. Henri has also parlayed his high Crescent City profile into roles in ...

Drumatic

Label: Bluejay Records
Released: 2001
Track listing: 1. Move; 2. Juicy Fruit; 3. Pee Wee; 4. Circle Dance; 5. Song of Serenity; 6. Big Girls; 7. Where Or Wayne; 8. Patterns; 9. Stompin' at the Savoy; 10. Drumatic.

The Persuader

Label: Bluejay Records
Released: 2001
Track listing: 1. A Batch For Bo Nooty; 2. I've Never Been in Love Before; 3. The Persauder; 4. Maryann - Part I: Requiem; 5. Maryann - Part II: Celebration; 6. Along Came Betty; 7. Caravan; 8. In a Sentimental Mood; 9. Coca's New Paints; 10. Empty's Samba; 11. That's All; 12. Headrum's Blues.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nick Rolfe: The Persuader

Read "The Persuader" reviewed by Reid Thompson

Bluejay Records is an inspirational company that was founded by Cecil Brooks III and Nat Simpkins several years ago and is based out of Manchester, MA. Its existence shows that plenty of initiative still exists in the jazz world, and that artists today are striving to maintain the integrity that comes from doing something independently. Their ...


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