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His 'n' Hers

Label: Ubuntu Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Fourth Dimension; We’ll Forget March; Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most; Los Bandidos Bogarolles; Save Your Love For Me; Soy Califa; Hanky Panky.

Brown Book

Label: Alice's Loft
Released: 2020
Track listing: Soundscape 1; The Exchange; Brown Book; Day Time Kind Of Girl; Horn Song; My Beauty; Castle In The Sky; Red Bouquet; Waves; Soundscape 2.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Denise Mangiardi: Brown Book

Read "Brown Book" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Denise Mangiardi dwells in two musical worlds, as both a jazz singer and an accomplished classical composer. She puts all her talents to good use on this CD, singing a collection of self-written ballads, folk songs and torch songs, over her own haunting arrangements. Mangiardi's moving string-writing appears on the two brief “Soundscape" instrumentals ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rob Luft: Life Is The Dancer

Read "Life Is The Dancer" reviewed by Chris May

British guitarist Rob Luft's debut album, Riser (Edition, 2017), was greeted with huge acclaim. Some observers likened his arrival to the emergence of Wes Montgomery or Pat Metheny. The music world is used to hyperbole, but for once the praise is justified. For anyone yet to hear Luft, a useful yardstick is the pianist Bill Evans: ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Darius Brubeck Quartet: Live In Poland

Read "Live In Poland" reviewed by Chris May

Early on in his career, the pianist Darius Brubeck bowed to the inevitable. Accepting that he was always going to be compared to his father, Dave Brubeck, he both embraced his heritage and sidelined it. In the 1970s, embracing it, he was a member of Two Generations Of Brubeck and The New Brubeck Quartet, groups which ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tommaso Starace: Narrow Escape

Read "Narrow Escape" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Com'è noto Tommaso Starace opera prevalentemente nel Regno Unito, dove s'è trasferito a 19 anni diplomandosi al conservatorio di Birmingham e poi conseguendo il master alla Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Da allora è trascorso un ventennio e oggi il sassofonista è tra i migliori jazzmen d'oltremanica, con all'attivo alcuni dischi da leader e decine ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave O'Higgins & Rob Luft: Plays Monk & Trane

Read "Plays Monk & Trane" reviewed by Chris May

Hearing the young British guitarist Rob Luft for the first time on his debut album, Riser (Edition, 2017), was rather like hearing American guitarist Johnny Smith for the first time on Moonlight In Vermont (Roost, 1956). You knew you were listening to something special. And while much separates the players' styles, much unites them, too: Smith's ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Sax Section: Oh Gee!

The Sax Section: Oh Gee!

From time to time, I post on albums that showcase saxophone sections. What can I say, I'm a sucker for reeds. The last time I posted on such an album was in June, when I wrote about Jay Cameron's International Sax Band from 1955 and provided a long list of my favorite sax section albums (go ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Gascoyne O'Higgins Quartet: The Real Note Vol. 2

Read "The Real Note Vol. 2" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

It's the facts. Many inquisitive people spend their lives in pursuit of the facts. For the questing jazz musician, by contrast, the contrafacts take precedence. That's certainly the case for the UK's Gascoyne O'Higgins Quartet. The band's second collection of such tunes based on the chord changes from Songbook standards, The Real Note Vol. 2, features ...


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