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Susie Meissner: I Wish I Knew

Read "I Wish I Knew" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Over the past decade and three previous recordings, Philadelphia-based vocalist Susie Meissner has crafted an intelligently conceived and thoughtfully paced survey of the Great American Songbook. Meissner's considerations of the standard jazz repertoire, in concert with pianist John Shaddy's sturdy arrangements and educated performance manner, have emerged, evolving from chaste and reverent beginnings, into rich and ...

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Lisa Maxwell's Jazz Orchestra: Shiny!

Read "Shiny!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Lisa Maxwell, whose album Shiny! marks the recorded debut of her New York City-based Jazz Orchestra, is a pretty good composer and a very good arranger, even though several of her charts lean toward funk / rock, admittedly an acquired taste. Once she veers away from those two-beat cadences, as on “Ludie," “The Craw," “Hello, Wayne?" ...

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Susie Meissner: I'll Remember April

Read "I'll Remember April" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Philadelphia-based vocalist Susie Meissner has been surveying the Great American Songbook for the past decade and some. Her approach is uncomplicated, using simple head arrangements, presenting the songs that made Tin Pan Alley noteworthy in a straightforward and authentic fashion, and recalling the original intentions of the composers. Hers is an archival and entertainment endeavor not ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Conversation with Vocalist Abigail Rockwell

Read "A Conversation with Vocalist Abigail Rockwell" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

Join me in a conversation with Abigail Rockwell, a talented vocalist whose singing effortlessly tells a unique intimate story to each listener. Her new album, Autumn Noir, is a collection of 12 songs with arrangements that are meticulously executed to preserve the power and intimacy of Abigail's interpretation. Autumn Noir features Abigail Rockwell on vocals, Quinn ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Gil Evans Orchestra: Hidden Treasures - Monday Night Sessions, vol 1

Read "Hidden Treasures - Monday Night Sessions, vol 1" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even though the name Gil Evans has a hallowed ring these days, the late composer / arranger's music remains for many aficionados an acquired taste. On the other hand, while that is the Gil Evans Orchestra performing on Hidden Treasures, Volume 1, the lion's share of the music brought to light isn't his--Evans wrote only two ...

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Gil Evans Orchestra: Hidden Treasures - Monday Night Sessions, vol 1

Read "Hidden Treasures - Monday Night Sessions, vol 1" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A tre decenni dalla morte del suo leader, esce il 7 dicembre il nuovo disco della Gil Evans Orchestra finalmente registrato in studio. Com'è noto, sia gli ultimi album della band con l'arrangiatore ancora in vita, sia il postumo Tribute To Gil (Soul Note 1989), con la formazione orfana, erano registrazioni live, spesso acusticamente carenti. Per ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Kiki Ebsen Displays Brains, Courage And A Whole Lot Of Heart Singing Jazz To Honor Her Famous Father

Kiki Ebsen Displays Brains, Courage And A Whole Lot Of Heart Singing Jazz To Honor Her Famous Father

“Scarecrow Sessions,” the critically-lauded homage to Buddy Ebsen, is garnering radio-play led by the single, “If I Only Had A Brain.” Calabasas, California (1 October 2014): Reluctant no more, Kiki Ebsen clicked the heels of her ruby red shoes three times and set off on the yellow brick road armed with the Great American songbook, Broadway ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Father Knew Best: Kiki Ebsen Records A Jazz Tribute To Her Late Dad, Actor Buddy Ebsen

Father Knew Best: Kiki Ebsen Records A Jazz Tribute To Her Late Dad, Actor Buddy Ebsen

Scarecrow Sessions, due September 30, is comprised of standards and songs associated with her father’s showbiz career; “If I Only Had A Brain” is the No. 2 most added radio single this week. Calabasas, CA: Singer-songwriter Kiki Ebsen stubbornly refused her famous father’s repeated suggestions to learn how to sing jazz standards. Rebelliously she insisted upon ...

NEWS: RECORDING

A Constellation Of Friends Helps Keyboardist Patrick Bradley Get Heard

A Constellation Of Friends Helps Keyboardist Patrick Bradley Get Heard

“Can You Hear Me,” due September 23, features guest stars Dave Koz, Rick Braun and Eric Marienthal on the contemporary jazz fusion set produced by Jeff Lorber. Aliso Viejo, CA: To bolster his effort to be heard above the incessant din cluttering our world, keyboardist Patrick Bradley called upon a few high-profile friends on his third ...


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