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Graham Dechter

Guitarist and Los Angeles native Graham Dechter is one of the most promising young jazz musicians on the scene today. Born into a family of musicians, Graham's musical journey began at the age of 5 when he started taking violin lessons and composing various orchestral pieces. His talents as both a violinist and a composer led him to the Idyllwild Arts Academy in Idyllwild, CA, one of three prestigious residential arts high schools in the country. It was there that Graham discovered his passion for guitar and began pursuing his life's calling: jazz. At Idyllwild Arts, Graham studied improvisation with legendary jazz bassist Marshall Hawkins, an experience that profoundly affected his musical development

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ArtWork

Label: Cavalry Productions
Released: 2023
Track listing: Fever; Hello; At Last; If Love Is Overrated; Not While I’m Around; She’s Funny That Way; This Masquerade; If You Go Away; Empty Chairs; Lush Life; Is That All There Is; Here’s to Life; This Is All I Ask; One Day.

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Article: Album Review

Jack Jones Featuring Joey DeFrancesco: ArtWork

Read "ArtWork" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


"Those who know, know" happens to be a soon-to-be-overused phrase to describe the hip, the “In," and “the very elite of aware." Now in his Mid-80s, Jack Jones has maintained a stellar, cross-media career, all on a foundation of a once-in-a-lifetime voice. Mel Torme, one not easily prone to hyperbole, called Jones, “the best pure singer ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Posthumous Recording Of Trumpeter Jaimie Branch Plus New Vocal Releases By Alyssa Giammaria, Jonathan Karrant, Maci Miller & More

Read "A Posthumous Recording Of Trumpeter Jaimie Branch Plus New Vocal Releases By Alyssa Giammaria, Jonathan Karrant, Maci Miller & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes a posthumous recording from trumpeter Jaimie Branch, plus new vocal releases from Alyssa Giammaria, Jonathan Karrant and Maci Miller, with birthday shoutouts to Dinah Washington, Linda Purl, lyricist Carolyn Leigh, Sinne Eeg, Akiko Tsuruga, Rosana Eckert, Sherrie Maricle, Cecile McLorin Salvant and poet Sara Teasdale, among others. Thanks for listening and please support ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Remembering Monnette Sudler and Jaimie Branch

Read "New Releases Plus Remembering Monnette Sudler and Jaimie Branch" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Today's broadcast presents new releases from The Baylor Project, Roberta Piket, Harvie S & Billy Mintz, Brooke Alford, Bob Baldwin, Jennifer Hartswick and Dafnis Prieto with birthday shoutouts to Pete McGuinness, Akiko Tsuruga, Sherrie Maricle, Gabrielle Stravelli, Sinne Eeg, Mark Winkler and Tomoko Omura, among others. Remembering guitarist Monnette Sudler and trumpeter Jaimie Branch in the ...

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Nathan Borton: Each Step

Read "Each Step" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Judging from recent album releases, the guitar remains an essential part of the contemporary jazz scene. The latest example among many is this tasteful session led by Kansas-born, Michigan-based Nathan Borton, adding his name to an ample roster of newly minted guitar-led or guitar-centered albums by Doug MacDonald, Graham Dechter, Kristian Borring, Randy Napoleon, John Moulder, ...

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Article: Year in Review

Jack Bowers: Top 15 Albums of 2021

Read "Jack Bowers: Top 15 Albums of 2021" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In spite of the Covid pandemic (and sometimes because of it!), 2021 was a splendid year for big-band albums, with eleven receiving 4 1/2-star reviews and one (Out on the Coast by the David Angel Big Band) earning five stars. The dominant dozen are listed here alongside top-rated smaller-group albums by Cory Weeds, Gerry Gibbs and ...

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Major Influence

Label: Capri Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Orange Coals; Reference; Major Influence; Moonithology; Minor Influence; Pure Imagination; Bent on Monk; Billy's Dilemma.

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Graham Dechter: Major Influence

Read "Major Influence" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


The guitarist Graham Dechter offers his first new album in almost a decade. Major Influence was recorded prior to the pandemic with the dream rhythm section of Dechter's earlier recordings: pianist Tamir Hendelman, bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton. In early fall 2021, the band can now begin to contemplate returning to touring. ...

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Graham Dechter: Major Influence

Read "Major Influence" reviewed by Jack Bowers


If you're a jazz guitarist who plans to record a quartet CD, you obviously want the most able and supportive rhythm section you can possibly find to lend its weight. For Los Angeles-based Graham Dechter, assembling such a peerless trio to enhance Major Influence, his third album as leader and first in nearly a decade, posed ...


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