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Larry Ham

Pianist, composer and arranger Larry Ham has long been a noted New York based jazz musician. Reviewing a recent CD, David Dupont of Cadence Jazz Magazine writes, “He glides over the keys, with every note articulated cleanly…his playing is masterful.” And Mike Neely in AllAboutJazz calls him “…a pianist well on his way to becoming a jazz master.” Larry’s professional career began in the late ‘80s with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. He was pianist in the Illinois Jacquet Big Band 1990-95, and has worked extensively with countless other jazz legends including Junior Cook and Dakota Staton

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Cliff Brucker: Full Circle Vol. 2

Read "Full Circle Vol. 2" reviewed by Don Phipps


On Full Circle Vol 2, Albany, New York-based drummer Cliff Brucker and friends reach back to the swing and bop jazz periods to showcase their talents on a set of first-rate standards. These musicians clearly understand the bop trade and what emerges from their collective knowledge is solid and assured music. The entire affair is like ...

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Larry Ham/Woody Witt: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Larry Ham and Woody Witt's collaborative effort has brought forth the fruit of Presence, with the sophistication and melodic harmonic relationships that used to grace hard bop jazz, while still sporting just the right amount of abstract modernism from today's sound to supply a strong underpinning of the ensemble current. Woody Witt, a Houston ...

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Kayo: I Wish You Love

Read "I Wish You Love" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Should jazz challenge conventions or uphold traditions? While opinions vary on this matter, pianist Kayo Hiraki leans toward the latter school of thought on this all-standards affair. As the daughter of a classical pianist, Hiraki had music flowing through her veins at birth and proved to be a child piano prodigy. She honed her craft at ...

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Just Me, Just You

Label: Arbors Records
Released: 2008

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Carousel

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2008
Track listing: Softly As In A Morning Sunrise; Carousel; The Big Balloon; Lullaby; What A Difference A Day Made; Lee Rides Again; Where is Linda Now?; All God's Chillun Got Rhythm; Easy Living; Brazilian Coffee; A Fond Farewell; My Funny Valentine.

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Larry Ham: Carousel

Read "Carousel" reviewed by Mike Neely


Pianist Larry Ham's first release as a leader, Carousel (West Village Music, 2007) is notable not only for the quality of the trio's performance but also for Ham's compositions. In 2008 Ham released a fine solo recording, Larry Ham, Just Me, Just You... for Arbors Records. These two CDs suggest that Ham is an extraordinarily accomplished ...

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Larry Ham: Just Me, Just You

Read "Just Me, Just You" reviewed by Mike Neely


Larry Ham's solo release, Just Me, Just You, introduces a pianist well on his way to becoming a jazz master. He's got the touch, the intensity and the intelligence, and he's as good a soloist as an accompanist, as his recordings with the Earl May and Dave Glasser quartets attest. Just Me, Just You provides all ...


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