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Article: Book Review

George Michael, A Life

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George Michael: A Life James Gavin 528 Pages ISBN-13: # 978-1419747946 Harry N. Abrams 2022 Music biographer, James Gavin, summed up his approach to picking biography subjects during his discussion* with Jamie Brickouse in Interview magazine: “With all that I write, my antennae vibrate from miles away ...

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Article: Live Review

Joel Frahm at Jazz At The Joint

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Joel Frahm Jazz At The Joint North Little Rock, AR July 11, 2022 Synergy. The word was first used in 1600, derived from the Greek συνεργός ("synergos"), which means “to work together" or “to cooperate," with the corollary that the results of this “cooperation" afford an output greater than the sum ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

July 2022: Love Of The Tiger

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Dida Pelled Love Of The Tiger Self Produced 2022 Jazz singing is seeing an uptick of artists stepping out of their “traditional" roles into dramatically different vocal genres altogether. Mainstream-to-progressive Kristina Koller, who debuted in 2017 with the youthful and forward-thinking Perception (Self Produced) followed that effort with the hard-left ...

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Article: Album Review

Naama Gheber: You're Driving Me Crazy

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Vocalist Naama Gheber continues to release singles from her upcoming recording, If I Knew Then, presently due to drop in November 2022. She has previously released the singles “Old Mother Hubbard" and I'm A Fool To Want You. Staying in the same orbit with The Great American Songbook, Gheber affords us the 1930 Walter Donaldson composition, ...

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Article: Album Review

Bernie Dresel: The Pugilist

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Jack Bowers, All About Jazz's large ensemble authority, previously considered this entire recording, The Pugilist, remarking that ..."if swing is your thing, you've come to the right place, as that is what Dresel and his elite group of sun-baked sidemen (and two women) do best and most often." One of the elements that ensures “swing" is ...

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Article: Live Review

Roseanna Vitro at Jazz at the Joint

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Roseanna Vitro Jazz At The Joint North Little Rock, AR May 9, 2021 In Arkansas, when Spring smiles, she reveals a gold incisor of Summer, promising humid warmth and languid pace. So it was entering The Joint Comedy Theater in North Little Rock, on May 9. However, on the second Monday ...

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Article: Album Review

Naama Gheber: I’m A Fool To Want You

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Vocalist Naama Gheber is applying a different paradigm to the release of her second recording, the EP If I Knew Then, presently due for release in November 2022. She previously released the single “Old Mother Hubbard" and now follows it with a starkly fashioned “I'm A Fool To Want You." Gheber released her debut recording Dearly ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

June 2022: Constellations

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ChimyTina Constellations La Reserve 2022 ChimyTina is a collision moniker for the duo of bassist Dan “Chimy" Chmeilinski and vocalist Martina DaSilva. They are part of a daring group of singers/bassists perfecting the most musically intimate of performance formats. With the bass as the “harmony" instrument supporting a vocalist, ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

May 2022: Music In The Air

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Mark Christian MIller Music In The Air Sliding Jazz Door 2022 Southern California has an embarrassment of jazz vocal riches, of which Mark Christian Miller is a considerable part. A welcome fixture in the Los Angeles area, Miller has released two previous recordings in 2004's Dreamer With A Penney (Sliding Glass ...

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Article: Album Review

Naama Gheber: Old Mother Hubbard

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New York-based Israeli vocalist Naama Gheber released her debut Dearly Beloved (Cellar Live) two years ago this month, in April 2020, right at the front of the gaping maw, we came to know as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 or COVID-19. In spite of this, Gheber's recording garnered favorable reviews at All About Jazz, as ...


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