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Larry Newcomb Quartet with Bucky Pizzarelli: Living Tribute

Read "Living Tribute" reviewed by Jack Bowers


New York-based guitarist Larry Newcomb's latest album, Living Tribute, isn't directed toward a single honoree but several, some of whom are living and some of whom are not. One of them, fellow guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, even bolsters Newcomb's regular quartet, playing with the sort of bounteous energy that makes it hard to believe he would be ...

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Sea Changes

Label: Blujazz Promotions and Bookings
Released: 2016
Track listing: Be Now My Vision; Elegy; My Man's Gone Now; Carmen Prelude; Immortality; Something; Finlandia; Waltz In C# Minor; In The Hall Of The Mountain King.

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DYAD: Dyad Plays Jazz Arias

Read "Dyad Plays Jazz Arias" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Classical-jazz hybrids, such as the Modern Jazz Quartet, traditionally keep the formal structure of classical music foremost in their work. Not so the duo of Lou Caimano and Eric Olsen collectively known as Dyad. Their version of “Jazz Meets The Classics" is a loose, freewheeling beast that occasionally breaks off from the classical side and follows ...

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Eric Olsen ReVision Quartet: Sea Changes

Read "Sea Changes" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Sophisticated pianist Eric Olsen explores the western classical canon from a jazzman's perspective on the charming and delightful Sea Changes. The several selections on the disc span the range from Georges Bizet's “Carmen" to Olivier Messiaen and Jean Sibelius' modernistic compositions.Olsen's charismatic and unique interpretations mark the album with his signature elegance and forms ...

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Eric Olsen ReVision Quartet: Sea Changes

Read "Sea Changes" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Many classical-jazz crossover projects come off as half-baked exercises in compromise, uncomfortable in the attempt of marriage and painful to observe. This one doesn't. Pianist Eric Olsen put together a first-rate foursome--the aptly-named ReVision Quartet--to perform revamped takes on the music of Jean Sibelius, Frederic Chopin, Georges Bizet, and Olivier Messiaen, among others. His artful arrangements ...

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Larry Newcomb Quartet: Live Intentionally!

Read "Live Intentionally!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


New York-based guitarist Larry Newcomb says his latest album was recorded “live"--but don't hold your breath waiting for the sound of applause. As it turns out, the CD was recorded “live" at Tom Tedesco Studios in Paramus, NJ. Using that as a measuring stick, it could be argued that every album is recorded “live" if the ...


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