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Pacific Mambo Orchestra: The III Side

Read "The III Side" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Pacific Mambo Orchestra—PMO, for short—has a lot to celebrate. With the calendar turning to 2020, this Grammy-winning Latin big band celebrated its 10th anniversary and the early January release of this potent third album. Inviting special guests, strings and part-time personnel to the party, PMO uses this opportunity to craft a spicy stew seasoned with Mambo, ...

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Kristen Strom: Moving Day: The Music of John Shifflett

Read "Moving Day: The Music of John Shifflett" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The esteemed bassist John Shifflett was for roughly thirty years a mainstay in countless San Francisco Bay Area sessions and recordings until his untimely passing in April 2017. Gone, that's true, but far from forgotten. Shifflett, as it turns out, had another largely hidden talent as a composer of bright and accessible jazz tunes, seven of ...

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Alan Hall: Heroes, Saints and Clowns

Read "Heroes, Saints and Clowns" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Ratatet, the sextet led by drummer Alan Hall, doesn't seem to quite fit into a musical box of any style or shape. One of the San Francisco Bay area's most respected musical performers and educators, Hall assembled this uniquely constructed ensemble from fragments of previous engagements: He previously played in a trio called Electreo with Paul ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Heartbeats Full of Soul

Read "Heartbeats Full of Soul" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy Let Your Light Shine On MPS 2018 One of the best parts of Let Your Light Shine On is how it plucks out musical threads from throughout the galaxy (more on that later) and knits them together into truly groovy, soulful cloth. But ...

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Ratatet: Arctic

Read "Arctic" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Disco di esordio per Ratatet, sestetto di San Francisco diretto dal batterista Alan Hall, che presenta una musica semplice e swingante, di stampo cameristico ancorché qua e là screziata di elettronica, caratterizzata e resa personale dall'accuratezza degli arrangiamenti e -soprattutto -dalla particolare strumentazione dell'organico. Le undici tracce, tutte relativamente brevi (solo tre arrivano ai ...

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Article: Album Review

Tommy Igoe: The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy

Read "The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Known as one of the best drummers in the jazz world today, Tommy Igoe is also one of the most in-demand musicians around and since 2006, Igoe and the Birdland Big band have been holding residency at New York's Birdland Jazz Club which apparently, is not enough to keep the drummer grounded. Igoe now lives in ...


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