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Eric Halvorson

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Eric has been active on the New York City music scene for over 20 years. He has performed with such jazz artists as John Fedchock, Dave Liebman, Bob Sheppard, Dave Stryker, Steve Slagle, Vic Juris, Adam Rogers, Joe Locke, Bruce Barth, Marilyn Maye, Fred Hersch, Mark Murphy, James Moody, and Bill Henderson; Broadway stars Christine Ebersole and Sherie Rene Scott; songwriter and pianist Marvin Hamlisch; soul singer Ben E. King; blues artist George Kilby Jr. and the legendary Pinetop Perkins to name a few. He has toured internationally with vocalist Ute Lemper and also works with many big bands including Josh Shneider's 'Love Speaks Orchestra', the Bill Warfield Repertory Big Band, and the George Gee Big Band

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Article: Album Review

David Finck: BASSic Instinct

Read "BASSic Instinct" reviewed by Jack Bowers


There's so much variety on BASSic Instinct, bassist David Finck's sixth recording as leader, that it's almost like grooving on half a dozen or more albums for the price of one. Ensembles run the gamut from duo to octet, with vocals added on three of its thirteen engaging numbers. Besides governing the rhythm, composing three of ...

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BASSic Instinct

Label: Burton Avenue Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: BASSic Instinct; The Best Thing for You [Would Be Me]; Dearly Beloved; Theme from “Mannix”; Bateu, Levou/Who’s Wrong or Right; Seascape; Tea for Two; Joy; So What; Soon It’s Gonna Rain [Theme from “The Fantasticks”]; Tico Tico No Fuba; I’m Confessin’ [That I Love You]; I Remember.

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Into The Shadows

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: RSVP; Alpha Dog; Manaus; I Should Care; Nature Boy; Into The Shadows; Star Eyes; On The Edge.

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Article: Album Review

John Fedchock NY Sextet: Into The Shadows

Read "Into The Shadows" reviewed by Jack Bowers


If a sextet--or a group of any size--is to be measured by the sum of its parts, trombonist John Fedchock's NY Sextet succeeds with flying colors, as it embodies half a dozen of the finest jazz musicians the New York City area has to offer. As we know, however, an inclusive appraisal rests on far more ...

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Article: Album Review

John Fedchock NY Sextet: Into The Shadows

Read "Into The Shadows" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Trombonist John Fedchock's fluid slide work, celebrated composing chops and arranger's ingenuity have been put to good use in settings both large and very small in recent years, with a big band set and two live quartet records dropping between 2015 and the present. But rather than choose one of those ensemble formats over the other ...

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Article: Album Review

Kelley Suttenfield: When We Were Young: Kelley Suttenfield Sings Neil Young

Read "When We Were Young: Kelley Suttenfield Sings Neil Young" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Although most jazz vocalists would shy away from an album's worth of rock tunes penned by Neil Young, Kelley Suttenfield tackles the task with aplomb on When We Were Young, providing skillful renditions of eleven cuts ranging from the well-known to a couple of the most obscure of Young's compositions. Suttenfield's low-key, insouciant delivery is a ...

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News: Recording

Vocalist Kelley Suttenfield Reimagines Neil Young On When We Were Young: Kelley Suttenfield Sings Neil Young

Vocalist Kelley Suttenfield Reimagines Neil Young On When We Were Young: Kelley Suttenfield Sings Neil Young

Kelley Suttenfield is a versatile jazz singer with a warm, intimate voice that’s perfect for her newest project, When We Were Young – Kelley Suttenfield Sings Neil Young (September 13, 2019). The album includes some of Neil Young’s most famous songs, as well as a couple of tunes written but never performed by him. Tackling songs ...

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Article: Album Review

Chris Jentsch Group No Net: Topics in American History

Read "Topics in American History" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Brooklyn-based guitarist / composer Chris Jentsch writes with clear images in mind and invites the listener to see and hear them as he does. On his sixth and latest CD, Jentsch draws on a longstanding interest in historical events and trends to describe in musical terms Topics in American History ranging from 1491 (the year before ...

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Article: Album Review

Kayo Hiraki: Manhattan Sunset

Read "Manhattan Sunset" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Like a fine lemon sorbet, Manhattan Sunset, the sixth album from pianist and veteran NY presence Kayo Hiraki, is that refreshing, necessary pause between courses that enables you to fully enjoy the vast jazz menu. With an airy, elegant touch, tangible zeal and seasoned respect for her art, Hiraki leads her tried-and-true sidemen, bassist ...


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