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Article: SoCal Jazz

Pasqua, Erskine, and Oles: The Art of the Jazz Trio

Read "Pasqua, Erskine, and Oles: The Art of the Jazz Trio" reviewed by Jim Worsley


"We've known each other and have been playing together for fifty years now," was proudly, if even more sentimentally, reminisced by pianist Alan Pasqua in reference to drummer Peter Erskine to an intimate and appreciative audience at Sam First in Los Angeles during a recent performance. Bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz, who has been part of the mix ...

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Article: Album Review

Janis Mann & Kenny Werner: Dreams of Flying

Read "Dreams of Flying" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Janis Mann has quietly but steadily amassed an impressive body of work over the course of more than two decades. For this, the vocalist's eighth album, she brings studio and stage into beautiful alignment with different, intimate configurations hinging on the constant presence of pianist Kenny Werner. The majority of this music was recorded in 2016 ...

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Article: Album Review

Fred Hersch: Songs From Home

Read "Songs From Home" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


In order for solo piano playing to be maintained at a high standard, the artist must exhibit a prolific imagination, a wealth of conviction and self-assurance, note-striking precision and a firm sense of swing. Throughout his career, Fred Hersch has exhibited these qualities. Since performers (be they musicians, dancers or actors) are ...

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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. ...

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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 ...


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