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America The Beautiful

Label: Jan Matthies Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Between The Lines; Sonata For Swee' Pea; Woody 'N' Me; Covenant; The Long White Cloud; Love In Silent Amber; Sonny's Step; Mendocino Nights; America The Beautiful.

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Alan Broadbent And NDR Bigband: America The Beautiful

Read "America The Beautiful" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Being a part of the big band sound was an experience pianist Alan Broadbent embraced, endured and eventually, wanted to step away from. Orchestra music--comprised of boisterous reeds and brass sections--were far too loud and too big drowning out the finesse sounds of the acoustic piano. When Broadbent left the Woody Herman Big Band in 1972, ...

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Alan Broadbent And NDR Bigband: America The Beautiful

Read "America The Beautiful" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


In the brief liner essay that accompanies America The Beautiful, pianist Alan Broadbent notes that he has “an aversion to being clever," but the rest of the music world never received that memo. Everybody from Irene Kral to Diana Krall and Charlie Haden to Charlie Rich has benefited from his brilliance with a pen and/or a ...

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Some Other Time

Label: Jan Matthies Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Sunrise; 3 Steps Forward; Yosaku; Some Other Time; Oleo; April In Paris; My Man’s Gone; Long Ago and Far Away; Sophisticated Lady; Antagata Dokosa; Peace of Mind; Hope

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Ayako Shirasaki: Some Other Time

Read "Some Other Time" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but the creator also has a hell of a lot to do with it when it comes to the arts. Every musical performance leaves certain items open for debate for and from those on the receiving end, but some things remain irrefutable because of those on the ...

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Ayako Shirasaki: Some Other Time

Read "Some Other Time" reviewed by Jeff Winbush


There is a certain sublime pleasure in the simplicity of the trio playing piano, bass and drums. The Ayako Shirasaki trio's approach is straightforward and straight ahead jazz at it's best. Blending both traditional and original compositions, Shirasaki is a nimble and facile pianist who knows how to swing like Bud Powell, one of her musical ...

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Rocket In The Pocket

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Label: Jan Matthies Records
Released: 2012
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Rocket In The Pocket

Label: Jan Matthies Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: Hysterioso; A Sketch In Dark Colours; Suicide Train; Tekla; Plan B; Play Me A Fugue; Rocket In The Pocket; The Incredible Atmosphere Of Andrew Hill's Music; Take Fifteen; Desert Sun; Kaleidoscope; Harold Mabern.

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Hammer Klavier Trio: Rocket In The Pocket

Read "Rocket In The Pocket" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Power piano trios willing to plug-in are not the norm in jazz, but Hamburg's Hammer Klavier Trio, thankfully, never received that message. The music that they present completely erases the dividing lines between traditional piano trios, hard hitting threesomes like The Bad Plus, and genre-blending Euro-stars like the late Esbjörn Svensson Trio. This band has all ...

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Falling Leaves - Live In Hamburg

Label: Jan Matthies Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Confirmation; In A Sentimental Mood; Airegin; Mirror Mirror; Sakura Sakura; Summertime; Falling Leaves; Sleigh Ride; Monkey Punch; Far Away; Nascimento; Moonglow; My Romance; Take Five; St. Thomas.


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