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Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines

Read "Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Randy Brecker & NDR Bigband Rocks Piloo Records & Productions LLC 2019 The easiest answer isn't always the best answer, but sometimes it is. So it's both easy and proper to point out that trumpet and flugelhorn master, composer, and bandleader Randy Brecker was kind enough ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mauricio de Souza: Trajetórias

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The quiet masterpiece Trajetórias captures drummer, composer, arranger and bandleader Maurício de Souza leading his jazz ensemble Bossa Brazil in a beautiful live performance through Brazilian pop and jazz classics from the pens of such legends as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Milton Nascimento and Pat Metheny. Producer de Souza envelops each live performance ...

Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey

Read "Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Afro-Cuban All Stars Absolutely Live II DM Ahora! Productions 2017 You can find many groups who call themselves “Afro-Cuban All Stars." But few have the pedigree of this ensemble led by vocalist Juan de Marcos, co-architect of the legendary Cuban roots Buena Vista Social Club sessions (1997, Nonesuch/Elektra) ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo: Swing Zing!

Read "Swing Zing!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When a press release accompanying a new album conveys more information than is found on the album itself, the supposition must be that it was recorded hurriedly with an eye toward a similarly expeditious release. Swing Zing! pairs the estimable guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo, who've been working together for more than five years, with ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

Mauricio de Souza Strikes the Right Note

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Moonstruck Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge owners Luke Magliaro and Howard Raczkiewicz hired a trio not long ago for a Friday night gig at their popular bistro in Asbury Park, and they got a quartet. Drummer Mauricio de Souza and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi teamed up with pianist-trumpeter Alan Chaubert. Close your eyes and you hear a quartet. ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Jazz Quanta: February

Read "Jazz Quanta: February" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

February's Jazz Quanta is a beautifully mixed bag of blues, jazz instrumental and classical. There is never a dull moment. Renee' and the Walkaways--The Walkaway Sessions (Self Produced, 2013). Vocalist Renee' Cheek heads up the piquant gumbo talent of her very own band, the Walkaways. The Walkaway Sessions is a Louisiana grassroots affair ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Mauricio de Souza: Different Directions

Read "Mauricio de Souza: Different Directions" reviewed by Alain Londes

Brazilian music and jazz intermingle with other touches to produce Mauricio de Souza's Different Directions. There are a lot of different exposés, particularly of Brazilian rhythmic styles interpreted by a wonderful collection of artists contributing their artistic talents. Bossa Brazil lends itself more towards Brazilian music while the Mauricio de Souza group will have more traditional ...

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Pianist Mark Kramer on Nov. 16th in Media (PA) at the Unitarian Universalist Church

Pianist Mark Kramer on Nov. 16th in Media (PA) at the Unitarian Universalist Church

Appearing at the Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts at Jazz in Media! will be pianist Mark Kramer at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 145 W. Rose Tree Road in Media, PA, on November 16th, 2011. With him will be bassist Gary Mazzaroppi and drummer John Mosemann. One Show: 7:30-9 p.m. $10/$5 students. No advance sales. For info: 610-745-301. ...


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