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Blue Soul

Label: Strikezone Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Trouble Man; Aha; What’s Going On; Came to Believe; Blues Strut; When Doves Cry; Wichita Lineman; Shadowboxing; Stan’s Shuffle.

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: ALBUM REVIEW

Fred Hersch & the WDR Big Band: Begin Again

Read "Begin Again" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Pianist Fred Hersch, who needs no introduction to most well-informed jazz enthusiasts, is by and large known as a leader of trios and other small groups. Begin Again displays another side of Hersch's appreciable talents: nine of his handsome compositions, astutely recast by six-time Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza and impressively performed by Germany's superb WDR ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Marshall Gilkes / WDR Big Band: Always Forward

Read "Always Forward" reviewed by Jack Bowers

This is the second album on which Maryland-born trombonist Marshall Gilkes (pronounced “Jilks") has collaborated with Germany's superlative WDR Big Band, a world-class ensemble with whom he has also served as a member of the trombone section. This time around, Gilkes not only gets to solo but to conduct, compose (eight numbers including the three-part “Denali ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

WDR 3 Jazzfest 2018

Read "WDR 3 Jazzfest 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Theater Gütersloh / Bunker Ulmenwall BielefeldGütersloh / Bielefeld February 1-3, 2018 WDR stands for Westdeutscher Rundfunk, which is the public radio organization of the German federal state of North Rhine Westphalia based in Cologne, the jazz capital of the federal state. WDR 3 refers to the third program-line nowadays also indicated as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Vince Mendoza: Homecoming

Read "Homecoming" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Questo disco di Vince Mendoza (il quinto con la WDR Big Band in 25 anni di sodalizio) forse non sarà acclamato come le collaborazioni con Arif Mardin (Jazzpaña, ACT 1992) o Joe Zawinul (Brown Street, Intuition 2006), nominati o vincitori di Grammys, ma resta un pregevole lavoro orchestrale anche senza ospiti di grido. ...

Of Mystery and Beauty

Label: BR Klassik
Released: 2016
Track listing: From Her Pale Blue Home; Of Mystery and Beauty; Postcard From a Quiet Place; Fanfare From Another World; Wandering; Gently Spoke The Mermaid; Four Us All; Of Space And Rest; Side To Side; Cascades; Still In Her Ears.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Billy Hart & The WDR Big Band: The Broader Picture

Read "The Broader Picture" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A great teacher's influence can be unusually powerful and completely unbound, fixed to specific moments and lessons in a student's mind while also reverberating through time and space. You simply never know where it may lead, what doors it may unlock, or what wonders and worlds it may help to create. That's the subtext in the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Karolina Strassmayer and Drori Mondlak: Of Mystery and Beauty

Read "Of Mystery and Beauty" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Over the past decade and a half Austrian saxophonist Karolina Strassmayer has established herself as a superbly consummate musician. Her multifaceted compositions are always subtly, engagingly inventive and brim with brilliant wit and lyricism. As an improviser she plays with a reserved intensity and a captivating and suave spontaneity. Her seventh release Of Mystery and Beauty ...


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