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CTI Records: Ten Tasty Albums With No Added Sugar (Almost)

Read "CTI Records: Ten Tasty Albums  With No Added Sugar (Almost)" reviewed by Chris May

Few jazz producers divide opinion as much as Creed Taylor. He is a hero to many and a villain to as many more. His fans love him for his high production values. His detractors accuse him of dumbing jazz down with excessively sweetened orchestrations and other sales-oriented compromises. Nowhere is the dispute more heated than over ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Milt Jackson: Sunflower / Goodbye

Read "Sunflower / Goodbye" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Even if vibes player Milt Jackson had just played with The Modern Jazz Quartet and not embarked on a solo career, his place in jazz history would be secure. However, Jackson was much more than a vital part of the famous chamber jazz group and he recorded a string of excellent albums, including three sessions as ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Ithamara Koorax: Celestial Elegance

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Singer thamara Koorax recorded her 15th solo CD, Got to Be Real (Irma, 2012), “live in the studio" in Rio de Janeiro, the place of her birth, with her touring band--bassist Jorge Pescara, drummer Haroldo Jobim (a cousin of Antonio Carlos Jobim) and keyboardist Jose Roberto Bertrami, founding member of Brazil's famous fusion export Azymuth, on ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Milt Jackson and Paul Desmond: Elder Statesmen on CTI

Read "Milt Jackson and Paul Desmond: Elder Statesmen on CTI" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Popular music is usually a young person's game. Older artists, in any genre, often get pushed to the periphery to make way for the next big thing that can sell in numbers. But the CTI label was age-blind when it came to its artist roster. While it's certainly true that the stable of musicians on the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Van Morrison Live At The Civic Theater

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Van MorrisonCivic Theater San Diego, CA October 6, 2010 Talk about excitement in the air: after skipping San Diego for 37 years, Van Morrison staged a triumphant return on Wednesday night. The concert at the Civic Theater sold out almost instantly months ago. On the long walk into the venue, ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Jack Cortner Big Band / Peter Hand Big Band / Chicago Jazz Philharmonic

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Jack Cortner Big Band Sound Check Jazzed Media 2009 For someone who waited so long before taking his first swings as leader of his own big band, Jack Cortner shows again on Sound Check, the band's second impressive recording in as many years, that he's got game. He's ...

The Guitar Session

Label: Sunnyside
Released: 1981

Bananas Are Not Created Equal

Label: Sunnyside
Released: 1972

Papa Was A Rolling Stone

Label: Sunnyside
Released: 1972


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