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Susan Tobocman: Touch & Go

Read "Touch & Go" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A triple-threat musician with significant talent as a vocalist, composer and arranger, Susan Tobocman's path to jazz was an unconventional one. Her early interest in poetry led to a scholarship that took her from her hometown, Detroit, to New York, for study at Columbia University. That in turn led to an interest in musical theater, followed ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Stryker: Blue Soul

Read "Blue Soul" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Germany's WDR Big Band has welcomed a great variety of musicians such as Fred Hersch, Michel Camilo, Ambrose Akinmusire and Jimmy Heath as guest soloists over the years. On this occasion they provide an invigorating backdrop for the springy and soulful guitar of Dave Stryker. The set list on this CD finds Stryker and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Stryker with Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band: Blue Soul

Read "Blue Soul" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Bob Mintzer had an idea. The renowned tenor saxophonist, who serves as principal conductor of Cologne, Germany's world-class WDR Big Band, had made several appearances as guest artist with guitarist Dave Stryker's New York-based organ trio and was so impressed that he thought it would be a good idea to re-orchestrate some of Stryker's music for ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Rick Lawn: The Evolution of Big Band Sounds in America

Read "Rick Lawn: The Evolution of Big Band Sounds in America" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

From the latter part of the Jazz Age through the Swing Era, big bands dominated the jazz scene and a large part of the entertainment industry. After World War II, their fortunes declined, but their music soared to new heights, spurred on by innovative leaders, instrumentalists, and very importantly, the composers/arrangers who worked behind the scenes ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Trygve Seim: Helsinki Songs

Read "Helsinki Songs" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

È molto lirico questo Helsinki Songs, ultimo lavoro del sassofonista norvegese Trygve Seim, ormai pilastro dell'etichetta ECM sia per presenza nel catalogo, sia per come contribuisce a svilupparne l'estetica. Qui il musicista scandinavo si presenta per la prima volta alla testa di un classico quartetto, che vede al pianoforte Kristjan Randalu, quarantenne estone cresciuto in Germania, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jazz Martyrs: Along Similar Lines

Read "Along Similar Lines" reviewed by Anya Wassenberg

On Along Similar Lines. So-Cal-based drummer and bandleader Paul Marangoni and a band of veteran musicians offer a tight blend of musicianship, and a high-energy approach that shifts tempos and moods easily. The recording has a nice, fat sound, and production values that capture the music with a sense of the live energy between the players. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Radka Toneff: Fairytales

Read "Fairytales" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Norway's best-selling jazz album ever is also a recording laced with tragedy. Only weeks after its 1982 release, singer Radka Toneff was found dead in the Bygdøy woods, near Oslo. She was aged thirty. The verdict was suicide caused by an overdose of sleeping pills. Toneff was born in 1952 and by her ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEW

Frank Sinatra: Live From Caesar’s Palace | The First 40 Years

Read "Frank Sinatra: Live From Caesar’s Palace | The First 40 Years" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Frank Sinatra Live From Caesar's Palace | The First 40 Years Eagle Rock Entertainment 2017 As the National Academy of Recording Arts so wonderfully puts it: “Frank Sinatra didn't put Las Vegas on the map, but he certainly made it worth the trip." (Sin-atra City: The Story of Frank Sinatra and ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Glen Campbell/Jimmy Webb In Session CD/DVD Coming on Fantasy Records

Glen Campbell/Jimmy Webb In Session CD/DVD Coming on Fantasy Records

Glen Campbell’s recordings of Jimmy Webb’s songs have resulted in timeless, chart-topping hits like “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” and “Where’s the Playground Susie,” among others. The two have performed countless times together over the years, though recordings of their live appearances have been a scarcity — until now, with the ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

"Stand By Me," Written By Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller and Ben E. King, To Receive Towering Song Award at the 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala Event

“Stand By Me,” the song written by Leiber & Stoller and Ben E. King will receive the Towering Song Award at the 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) Gala Event to be held at the Marriott Marquee Hotel in New York City on Thursday, June 14, 2012, Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Jimmy Webb announced today. ...


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