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The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel: The Pugilist

Read "The Pugilist" reviewed by Jack Bowers


No, drummer Bernie Dresel hasn't taken a day gig at the Los Angeles-area Better Business Bureau; the BBB in front of his name stands for Bernie's Big Band or Bernin' Big Band or Bernie's Bernin' Band or something like that. It's really hard to say, as the band's full name isn't spelled out anywhere, even on ...

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The Pugilist

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Pugilist; Running and Jumping; Lulu’s Back in Town; Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough; You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To; World Premiere; Positive for the Blues; 100R 2Noon; Rico’s Rowdy Rhumba; I Got Rhythm; La Vie en Rose; All Blues; What Could Possibly Go Wrong?; Zomby Woof.

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Masters & Baron Meet Blanton & Webster

Label: Capri Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: All Too Soon; Duke’s Place; I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good); A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing; What Am I Here For?; Jack the Bear; Perdido; Passion Flower; Take the ‘A’ Train; Ko- Ko; Introduction to In a Mellotone; In a Mellotone.

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Mark Masters: Masters & Baron Meet Blanton & Webster

Read "Masters & Baron Meet Blanton & Webster" reviewed by Jack Bowers


It is an absolute pleasure to hear several of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn's classic charts for Ellington's celebrated 1940-42 Blanton-Webster orchestra (named for a pair of its stars, bassist Jimmy Blanton and tenor saxophonist Ben Webster) adeptly rescored for a twenty-first century ensemble by the superlative arranger Mark Masters. And to ice the cake, the ...

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My Shania Twain Songbook

Label: Staci Griesbach
Released: 2020
Track listing: “My Shania Twain Songbook” Track Listing: 1. No One Needs To Know 2. The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You) 3. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under 4. Leavin’ Is The Only Way Out 5. Is There Life After Love 6. God Bless The Child 7. Any Man of Mine

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Art & Soul

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015
Track listing: Big B; Good Blood; Mean Greens; Soul Eyes; Imagineering; The Bug; Stomping Ground; Art & Soul; No Ordinary Joe.

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Kirsten Edkins: Art & Soul

Read "Art & Soul" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Saxophonist Kirsten Edkins delivers a delightful and charming batch of mainstream jazz with her engaging and exuberant debut Art & Soul. The tracks alternate between soulful, smoky burners and cooler, airier ones with relaxed tempos and intricate arrangements. Keyboardist Larry Goldings' earthy, simmering Hammond B3 often drives the former type. For instance, “Mean Greens" ...

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Tim Gill & the Tim Gill All-Stars: Small Batch Bourbon

Read "Small Batch Bourbon" reviewed by Edward Blanco


The second album from trumpeter, vocalist and big band leader Tim Gill & the Tim Gill All-Stars, Small Batch Bourbon features spirited arrangements of fifteen tunes from the American Songbook, the pop idiom and other classic standards in showcasing good old-fashioned straight ahead, traditional big band music at its best. One thing is for sure, the ...

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Clare Fischer Big Band: Pacific Jazz

Read "Pacific Jazz" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The late Dr. Clare Fischer enjoyed a long and storied career as a composer, arranger, pianist, bandleader and educator, primarily on the West Coast. Luckily, one of those he educated was his son Brent who was at his father's side as a musician and adviser for more than three decades and has safeguarded the Fischer legacy ...


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