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Article: Album Review

Dominican Jazz Project: Desde Lejos

Read "Desde Lejos" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


DJP's primary composer and keyboard player Stephen Anderson has worked to get the DJP back into the studio after their 2016 Dominican Jazz Project (Summit Records) debut received so much critical and popular acclaim. The 2020 pandemic and attendant lockdowns delayed but did not cancel this follow-up, which the band recorded Desde Lejos--"From Afar."

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Article: Multiple Reviews

From An Island: Ches Smith & We All Break and Dominican Jazz Project

Read "From An Island: Ches Smith & We All Break and Dominican Jazz Project" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Haiti and the Dominican Republic both occupy the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean. But the two nations could hardly be more different. Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere; the Dominican Republic has the largest economy in the Caribbean and Central America. Haiti was occupied by France in colonial times, famously winning its ...

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Walter White: BB XL

Read "BB XL" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Born in a musical family near Detroit and classically trained at Juilliard, trumpet and flugelhorn player Walter White keeps a hectic schedule as leader of Atlantic Bridge, the Walter White Jazz Quartet, Walter White & Small Medium @ Large, and of the fusion ensemble IFUNU; as a member of the Beige Trio; and as lead trumpet ...

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Gerald Beckett: Mood

Read "Mood" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Flautist, bandleader and composer Gerald Beckett picks up on Mood where he left off from 2017's Oblivion (Summit), a stellar collection of songs by Miles Davis, Ellis Marsalis, Astor Piazzolla, Gerry Mulligan and other great jazz composers. Beckett wrote several new originals for his new Mood, including personal remembrances of hometown haunts such as “Club Raven" ...

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Article: Profile

US Military Service Bands: Histories & Heroes

Read "US Military Service Bands: Histories & Heroes" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 US Air Force Airmen of Note The premier jazz ensemble of the US Air Force, the Airmen of Note is one of six musical ensembles that comprise The US Air Force Band. Created in 1950 to continue the tradition of Major Glenn Miller's Army Air Forces ...

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Our Favorite Things: Jazz Greetings from Military Service Bands

Read "Our Favorite Things: Jazz Greetings from Military Service Bands" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 US Army Blues: Swinging in the Holidays (2017) Swinging in the Holidays does so much more than swing. “Five-Sided Dreidel" sings in the traditional “Dreidel" melody until saxophones unravel it like unwrapping Christmas package ribbon and then hand what's left to the ...

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A World of Piano Trios

Read "A World of Piano Trios" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


The piano trio format is alive and well, judging by this disparate collection of piano trio albums (mostly: a couple of them feature a guest vocalist on a track or two). They come from Israel (recorded in Berlin), Slovenia (recorded in New York City), Greece (recorded in Hungary), Boston, and Asheville, North Carolina. Traditionally the pianist ...

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Larry Koonse: New Jazz Standards, Vol. 4

Read "New Jazz Standards, Vol. 4" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


This fourth volume in a series of recordings saluting and promoting the music of trumpeter Carl Saunders is every bit as sophisticated and attractive as its predecessors. Guitarist Larry Koonse leads the way through a dozen songs with supreme style and grace, comfortably placing this collection right next to earlier Saunders sets helmed by flutist Sam ...

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Aguanko: Pattern Recognition

Read "Pattern Recognition" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Aguanko's composer, conguero and bandleader Dr. Alberto Nacif first stepped into the worlds of Latin and Afro-Cuban percussion alongside Cuban conga/bongo master Armando Peraza, the pillar of percussion fire who blazed throughout the Santana band's first decade. On Pattern Recognition, Nacif teams with another legendary Cuban percussionist: José “Pepe" Espinosa, who jumps in on timbales, guiro ...

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Lonnie McFadden: Live at Green Lady Lounge

Read "Live at Green Lady Lounge" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


In his own words, tap dancer, composer, trumpeter, vocalist, and bandleader Lonnie McFadden is, “an unapologetic Kansas City jazz guy." He may be a classic “song and dance man" type of entertainer, but Live at Green Lady Lounge demonstrates that he is also more than that. Lonnie McFadden was born and raised in Kansas ...


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