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Ascension

Label: HighNote Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ascension; Mr. Willis; Involuntary Servitude; Twin Towers; No Words Needed; Tulsa; Iron Man; For the Kids; Birdie’s Bounce.

With Strings

Label: HighNote Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Gently; Dreamsville; Some Other Time; Lonely Woman; Slow, Hot Wind; The Thrill Is Gone.

I Fall in Love Too Easily

Label: HighNote Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Today’s Nights; Heavy Blue; Anna; Habiba; The Meaning of the Blues; Let’s Play; Climax; I Fall in Love Too Easily.

Ode to the Road

Label: HighNote Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ode to the Road; Nothing Like You; Don’t Ask Why; All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm / Little Willie Leaps; That Second Look; Small Day Tomorrow; The Way We Were; Cross Me Off Your List; I Have the Feeling I’ve Been Here Before; A Tip of the Hat; The Days of Wine and Roses.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Black Art Jazz Collective: Ascension

Read "Ascension" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The name has obvious political resonance. Indeed, the raison d'être of the Black Art Jazz Collective, the sextet founded by Wayne Escoffery, Jeremy Pelt and Jonathon Blake in 2013, is to celebrate African American excellence on the one hand, and--not unrelated--to raise political consciousness on the other. The BAJC's debut album,Presented By The Side Door Jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Black Art Jazz Collective: Ascension

Read "Ascension" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On Ascension, the Black Art Jazz Collective, a like-minded sextet co-founded in 2012 by trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and saxophonist Wayne Escoffery to salute the artistry of their mentors and musical heroes while moving the idiom forward into the twenty-first century, is unbending in its allegiance to the straight-ahead canon espoused by the architects of modern jazz. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Larry Willis: I Fall in Love Too Easily

Read "I Fall in Love Too Easily" reviewed by Jack Bowers

I Fall in Love Too Easily is subtitled “The Final Session at Rudy Van Gelder's," as it is not only descriptively but literally the last recording session by veteran pianist Larry Willis, who died at age seventy-six in September 2019, one year after the album was completed at the renowned Van Gelder studio in Englewood Cliffs, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dena DeRose: Ode to the Road

Read "Ode to the Road" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To those who may have wondered what ever happened to singer / pianist Dena DeRose, the answer is nothing—and everything. DeRose has lived for the last fifteen years in Graz, Austria, where she is professor of jazz voice at the University of Music and the Performing Arts. She still tours frequently, sometimes returning “home" to the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Eric Alexander: With Strings

Read "With Strings" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To paraphrase Cole Porter: “Bird did it, Chet did it... even many vocalists I bet did it..." And now tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander did it--recorded an album with strings, that is. This represents quite a departure for Alexander who is widely known as one of the more emotive and resourceful improvisers on the scene; but so ...

I'm Just a Lucky So and So

Label: HighNote Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Willow Weep for Me; Wonder Why; I Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry; I’m Just a Lucky So and So; Who Can I Turn To; Day by Day; Alone with Just My Dreams; Song for a Rainbow; I Want to Talk About You; Next Time You See Me.


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