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To a Star

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Hot Stuff; Invitation; What Is This Thing Called Love; Tabasco Burn; Stars Fell on Alabama; JuJu; Isfahan; Speak Truth; One-Up-Man-Ship; To a Star.


Article: Album Review

Mike Allen: To a Star

Read "To a Star" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If you're a tenor saxophonist leading a piano-less trio, much of the group's melodic and harmonic components rest squarely on your shoulders. In spite of that--or perhaps because of it--Canadian tenor Mike Allen says he prefers working within that framework, as he has been doing for many years. If that is one's choice, ...


Just Coolin'

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Just Coolin'; Beep Purple; Chicken N' Dumplins; Bitter Sweet; We Three; Street Scenes; Vendetta; Night Walk.


Article: Album Review

Fraser MacPherson: From The Pen Of...

Read "From The Pen Of..." reviewed by Jack Bowers

The late tenor saxophonist Fraser MacPherson was well-known in western Canada and elsewhere for his brilliance—but as player, not a writer. In fact, according to MacPherson's son Guy, who wrote the excellent liner notes to From the Pen of..., his father wrote barely a dozen or so original compositions, almost all of which are included on ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Brian Landrus, George Russell and Others

Read "Brian Landrus, George Russell and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show features different styles of jazz music, such as sleek large ensemble work from Brian Landrus and George Russell and trios led by Charles Lloyd, Jaki Byard and Frank Kimbrough. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air ...


Article: Bailey's Bundles

October 2022: Smile

Read "October 2022: Smile" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Tawanda Smile Resonance Records 2022 Tawanda Suessbrich-Joaquim, known professionally as Tawanda, tied for first place in the 9th annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition held in June 2021. That is fresh talent. Tawanda won this award only a year after making her stage debut, a feat, surpassed only by ...


Article: Album Review

Cory Weeds Quartet: Just Coolin'

Read "Just Coolin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although Cory Weeds spends much of his time promoting and recording other jazz artists, he does manage to place those tasks on the back burner every once in a while to blow his own horn, so to speak—which he does about as well as anyone else on today's scene. While the Canadian-based saxophonist is especially engaging ...


Article: Album Review

Cory Weeds Quartet: Just Coolin'

Read "Just Coolin'" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Owner of the Cellar Music Group label, Canadian music producer and veteran jazz saxophonist Cory Weeds unveils another superb session of hard bop with the exceptionally bright Just Coolin', featuring a host of sizzling standards as well as a couple of low temperature classics for balance. The album became more a labor of love than a ...


What Is There To Say?

Label: Cellar Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: At Dawning; Waltz For Someone Special; Alana Marie; I Wish You Love; The Phantom/The In Crowd; Love Is Wild; What Is There To Say?; There's A Boat (Dat's) Leaving' Soon For New York.


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