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Anyone familiar with the Los Angeles jazz scene probably is already acquainted with bassist Chris Colangelo: he has worked at length in the City of Angels jazz circuit, as a leader or a guest, has recorded with other artists, and done stints for television and soundtrack projects. Colangelo, however, is not as well known for his composition skills, which hopefully will change with his latest outing, "Elaine’s Song," the nine-track, hour-long album Colangelo has spent two years putting together. The mostly postbop material is a showcase for Los Angeles talent and positions a basic trio setup (celebrated pianist John Beasley, drummer Steve Hass and Colangelo) alongside other notable L.A.-based players: Benn Clatworthy (who adds tenor sax and flute), Bob Sheppard (who contributes tenor and soprano sax) and alto saxophonist Zane Musa. Chris Colangelo has been living, working and recording in Los Angeles for about the last 20 years or so

To Be With You

Label: DistroKid
Released: 2020
Track listing: 01. All of You (Cole Porter); 02. I Could Fall in Love With Her; 03. To Be With You (Music & Lyrics by Brian Swartz); 04. Jane’s Domain (Music by Brian Swartz); 05. Old Friends (Music & Lyrics by Brian Swartz); 06. Who’s Bob? - Short Version (Music & Lyrics by Brian Swartz); 07. Invitation (Bronislau Kaper); 08. Molly & Vern (Music by Brian Swartz); 09. Night and Day (Cole Porter); 10. The Very Thought of You (Ray Noble); 11. You Don’t Know What Love Is (Raye/DePaul); 12. Nobody Else But Me (Jerome Kern); 13. Too Marvelous For Words (Johnny Mercer/Richard Whiting); 14. Who’s Bob? - Long Version (Music & Lyrics by Brian Swartz); 15. To Be With You - Short Version (Music & Lyrics by Brian Swartz);

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Judy Wexler: What I See

Read "What I See" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

One of the deepest relationships in jazz blossomed on the West Coast in the 1950s, when singer June Christy and arranger Pete Rugolo combined their gifts on numerous albums. Christy supplied the voice and the heart, which Rugolo set off to perfection with exquisite, often surprising arrangements. The deep understanding between the two artists was particularly ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Vocalist Judy Wexler Releases New Cd - What I See - On Jazzed Media

Vocalist Judy Wexler Releases New Cd - What I See - On Jazzed Media

Judy Wexler’s fourth and newest CD, What I See (Jazzed Media, September 10, 2013 drop date) follows her acclaimed 2011 release, Under a Painted Sky (4-star review in Downbeat, top 10 on JazzWeek radio chart), and 2008’s Dreams & Shadows (profiled on NPR, debuted at #2 on JazzWeek) with another stunning, out-of-the-box collection of tunes. Since ...

Elaine's Song

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Released: 2011
Track listing: 1. The Ubiquitous One; 2. Like Kenny; 3. Elaine's Song; 4. Green and Blue; 5. Gryffindor's Revenge; 6. Watt's Important; 7. Falling Grace; 8. Straight Street; 9. From Dark to Light.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Deborah Pearl: Souvenir Of You

Read "Souvenir Of You" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Singer, actress, screenwriter and lyricist Deborah Pearl's debut is a souvenir of a very special “you": alto saxophonist and composer Benny Carter. Pearl has taken 13 of Carter's compositions, added her own lyrics, and produced a lovingly-crafted collection that's a worthy addition to the Carter canon. His instrumental presence is also stamped firmly on the album, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chris Colangelo: Elaine's Song

Read "Elaine's Song" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

C'è un grandissimo senso dello swing, un unione d'intenti rara e un'intensità espressiva di sicuro spessore in Elaine's Song, il nuovo lavoro di Chris Colangelo, contrabbassita e compositore di base a Los Angeles. Per dar vita a una scaletta perlopiù strutturata attorno a degli originali, il leader si contorna di musicisti in grado di garantire un'ampia ...

Elaine's Song

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2010
Track listing: The Ubiquitous One; Like Kenny; Elaine's Song; Green and Blue; Gryffindor's Revenge; Watt's Important; Falling Grace; Straight Street; From Dark to Light.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chris Colangelo: Elaine's Song

Read "Elaine's Song" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Representing the second album in a decade for Los Angeles-based bassist Chris Colangelo, Elaine's Song documents seven original compositions that he has been working on for two years; time well spent, considering the caliber of the charts. Though the originals are the meat of this musical endeavor, the most ambitious piece of the album, “Falling Grace" ...

May Jazz at Charlie O's

May Jazz at Charlie O's

Great jazz performances at Charlie O's this May including the return of our own Jack Sheldon for his regular Wednesday gigs. A very special Saturday performance on the 16th presenting the music of John Beasley with John Heard, Roy McCurdy and outstanding vocalist Dwight Trible. Followed by a birthday celebration for Denise Donatelli on the 21st, ...


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