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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Wayne Shorter, Vince Mendoza, Lonnie McFadden & Kristin Korb

Read "Wayne Shorter, Vince Mendoza, Lonnie McFadden & Kristin Korb" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We kick off a new 795th Episode of Neon Jazz with a powerful Denmark-based, American-born bassist and singer in Kristin Korb with material created during the COVID era. From there we hear from vocalist Diane Schuur, who was one of the first real experiences Kristin had in live jazz. We also celebrate a handful of esteemed ...


Not Quite Yet

Label: 122 Myrtle Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Born to Be Blue; Someone To Light Up My Life; Make Me Rainbows; The Angels Have Gone; Remind Me; No One Ever Tells You; Invitation; The Island; Taking a Chance on Love; On A Wonderful Day Like Today; That's All; Searching; I Remember; No Plan.


Lucky to Be Me

Label: Paul Langford Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: Cry Me a River; Beautiful Love; The Way You Look Tonight; Here's to Life; Chega de Saudade; Lucky to Be Me; Estate; A Kiss to Build a Dream On; Embraceable You; I Wanna Be Around.


Article: Album Review

Leah Crane: Lucky to Be Me

Read "Lucky to Be Me" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova

Hailing from Indianapolis and based in Chicago, versatile singer Leah Crane released Lucky to Be Me in 2022 after working on it since 2019. Joining her on the album is Paul Langford, a Chicago-based singer, arranger, keyboardist, producer and conductor. The album also features Rob Dixon on saxophone, Daniel Duarte on guitar, Shawn Sommer on bass ...


Article: Album Review

New Standard Jazz Orchestra: Waltz About Nothing

Read "Waltz About Nothing" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Since trumpeter Rob Parton's superlative JazzTech Big Band left the scene more than a decade ago, Chicagoans have been left to wonder when, or even if, another ensemble of that caliber would arrive to fill the void left by its departure. In 2020, their hopes were realized with the formation of the New Standard Jazz Orchestra, ...



Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Chris Madsen: saxophone; Stu Mindeman: piano; Clark Sommers: bass; Dana Hall: drums.


Article: Album Review

Chris Madsen: Bonfire

Read "Bonfire" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes

The winds of change have been blowing over the record business for over two decades, altering the ways in which consumers listen to music. With the rise of internet-based services such as Spotify and YouTube, the prospect of an expensive trip to the recording studio has soured for many jazz musicians. Despite the fact that the ...


Article: Album Review

Daniel Bruce: Earthshine

Read "Earthshine" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

In the ever-growing scene of jazz-guitar today it is getting harder to distinguish oneself from the rest of the crowd. When taking a look around current stirrings in jazz, the guitar seems to be experiencing a renaissance as the main vehicle in the genre-new formations with the instrument at their core emerging all over the globe. ...


Article: Album Review

Dan Bruce's Beta Collective: Earthshine

Read "Earthshine" reviewed by Troy Dostert

On the first listen, it's easy to fall under the sway of the sweetness of Dan Bruce's silky guitar tone, only to miss the substance at the heart of his music. Just as similar guitarists like Ben Monder or Kurt Rosenwinkel possess a generous, accessible sound with an exploratory edge, Bruce brings a finely-polished technique that ...


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