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Randy Brecker: Fusion Pioneer Still Blazing The Trails

Read "Randy Brecker: Fusion Pioneer Still Blazing The Trails" reviewed by Jim Worsley

One of the greatest musicians of the past half century, Randy Brecker, continues to impress with his compositions, his playing, and his endurance. The famed trumpeter has released no less than eight records over the past couple of years! They are all unique on to themselves with only Brecker's familiar and sweet sound in common. That ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Randy Brecker & Eric Marienthal: Aces

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Randy Brecker certainly needs no introduction. Neither does Eric Marienthal. But the fact that they have joined forces on a new record is something to talk about. That's exactly what we did, and then some. We went deep into the record, when we weren't busy having a laugh or two. Then there were memories of Michael ...

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Snaggle: The Long Slog

Read "The Long Slog" reviewed by Dave Wayne

In the art world, labeling oneself as “the next (fill in the blank)" or “(name of country)'s answer to (fill in the blank)" is a risky ploy that may reap short-term benefits in terms of quickly generating a fan base, but may actually be detrimental in terms of creative sustainability. The jny:: Toronto-based jazz-funk- rock sextet ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

The Phil Woods Six: Live from the Showboat

Read "The Phil Woods Six: Live from the Showboat" reviewed by John Kelman

The Phil Woods SixLive from the ShowboatSony Music Japan2015 (1977) With the sad passing of Phil Woods on September 29, 2015, what better way to honor the career of this alto (and occasionally soprano) saxophone giant with the Rediscovery of a live album that, long out of print--and previously only available ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

John Abercrombie: Characters

Read "John Abercrombie: Characters" reviewed by John Kelman

John Abercrombie CharactersECM Records1978 Guitarist John Abercrombie's emergence as a guitarist of singularity seems, in retrospect to have happened very quickly. A band member in the horn-driven jazz-rock band Dreams alongside drummer Billy Cobham and the Brecker Brothers, as well as stints with fusion keyboardist Barry Miles, saxophonist Gato Barbieri and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Barry Danielian: Metaphorically Speaking

Read "Metaphorically Speaking" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Trumpeter Barry Danielian seemingly makes a good living as an in-demand session artist via stints with Bruce Springsteen, Barbara Streisand, Billy Joel and many others of note, spanning just about all conceivable music genres. On this solo effort, he garners the support of many New York-based jazz artists. While Danielian doesn't break new ground, the album ...


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