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Jeff Barone

An impressive young guitarist, Jeff Barone has developed a strong reputation with his recordings (Crazy Talk and Open Up), live performances, and record producing. His playing invigorates the modern mainstream of jazz, swinging hard while looking forward. He was born in Syracuse, New York and remembers, “Early on I heard a Joe Pass recording, Virtuoso. I had a cousin who owned a music store and, when I was eight, my parents gave me a guitar for Christmas. That is how it all started.” Exposed to jazz by an uncle who was a bassist and a cousin who played jazz piano, he developed quickly

Work

Label: Jazzheads
Released: 2020
Track listing: Work; Lift Every Voice and Sing; My Friend and I Took a Walk; Sweet Emma; That's All; Mellow Mood; Amsterdam After Dark; Teach Me Tonight; Don't know Why; Our Day Will Come; Everything Happens to Me; Attitude; That's All (Duo).

Jazz Musicians Up Against A Virus

Read "Jazz Musicians Up Against A Virus" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

In the last year or so Good Times became the first jazz club in years to operate in Savannah, Forte Jazz Lounge sprouted up in Charleston and Middle C arrived in Charlotte. The Charleston Jazz Orchestra became a hub renamed to Charleston Jazz, providing both big band and small group concerts with unprecedented success. And, of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ray Blue: Work

Read "Work" reviewed by Edward Blanco

New York-based and bred, tenor saxophonist Ray Blue is no novice but a veteran player who has not received the accolades he so deserves. Perhaps after laying down and documenting an incredible volume of music on Work, the spotlight will shine a little brighter on this unheralded player. A composer and educator, as well as one ...

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Jack Wilkins: Playing What He's Preaching

Read "Jack Wilkins: Playing What He's Preaching" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Some time in 1975 a box of records from the Mainstream label was dropped by my front door. I picked it up and began to open it with a mix of excitement and dread of having to face writing more record reviews. I saw an LP titled Windows with an unfamiliar cast of characters and put ...

Open Up

Label: Jazzed Media
Released: 2008
Track listing: Duban's Groove; New Samba; If You Go Away; Open Up; Jenna's Song; Falling in Love with Love; Here's That Rainy Day; I Hear Music; My Funny Valentine; Toys; Quiet Now; Falling in Love with Love (Alternate Take).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jeff Barone: Open Up

Read "Open Up" reviewed by John Barron

With ample chops and a firm grasp on tradition, New York-based jazz guitarist Jeff Barone proves a capable leader, bringing fresh ideas to the straight-ahead realm. Open Up showcases the Syracuse native's relaxed approach on a hard-swinging set of standards and originals. Barone displays strong compositional skills on the up-tempo modal opener “Duban's Groove," the Brazilian ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jeff Barone: Open Up

Read "Open Up" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

New York first-call guitarist Jeff Barone's Open Up creates a platform that covers a range of song types for the leader/composer and his colleagues--all aces--to work both as a terrific team and highly inventive soloists. There's everything here from Barone's beautiful solo strums to hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz. Barone's “Duban's Groove," written for alto saxophonist Mike Dubaniewicz, ...

Crazy Talk

Label: String Jazz Recordings
Released: 2004
Track listing: Resa

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jeff Barone: Crazy Talk

Read "Crazy Talk" reviewed by Jim Santella

A New Orleans shuffle and plenty of traditional swing bring Jeff Barone’s debut CD into focus as a jazz guitar celebration. Echoes of Wes Montgomery and Grant Green reverberate in quartet format, as Barone works with piano, bass and drums to interpret classic tunes and several original compositions. The session starts off with ...


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