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Larry Klein

Larry Klein is a record producer, musician, and songwriter who is 4-times Grammy-winner and 10-times Grammy-nominated. He has been nominated for the Producer Of The Year (non-classical) 3 times. His latest release is “Here It Is: A Tribute To Leonard Cohen”, Klein’s tribute to his dear friend, the great singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen. After Cohen’s passing, Klein found himself selecting many songs from various periods of Leonard’s work to revisit and re-interpret. He finally decided to propose the idea of doing an entire album of Cohen’s work through a genre-defying- lens, working with a stellar band of prescient and forward-looking musicians including Blue Note artists guitarist Bill Frisell and alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, drummer Nate Smith, bassist Scott Colley, pianist Kevin Hays, organist Larry Goldings, and pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz to Don Was, the president of Blue Note Records. With Was’ approval and the help of these great musicians who think outside the limitations of genre, these great musicians, Klein would endeavor to create a language with which to re-contextualize Cohen’s great poems, using the music to create a stark and cinematic back-drop for the darkly romantic ethos that Cohen created with his writing.

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Freddie Hubbard: One Of A Kind

Read "One Of A Kind" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


It is something of a challenge to review Freddie Hubbard's work from the early 1980s. He had changed direction in the early 1970s with Red Clay (CTI, 1970) moving toward soul-jazz and jazz-rock, although anyone listening to Hubbard's playing would hear his standard vocabulary of licks. Some listeners approved; some listeners did not; and some simply ...

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Luciana Souza: Cometa

Read "Cometa" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright


Luciana Souza and Trio Corrente inhabit the deep intersections of Brazilian and jazz practices, a realm Souza's double-take Yemanjá-Lady Liberty garb suggests lies somewhere in the Atlantic (see the album cover). They share rarified air as Grammy winners, as composers and as performers. It seems inevitable that they would eventually collaborate. A fan of Trio Corrente ...

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Whistling in the Dark... The Music of Burt Bacharach

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Whistling in the Dark; The Look of Love; Between the Heartaches; Toledo; Anyone Who Had a Heart; Walk on By; In the Darkest Place; Mexican Divorce; A House is Not a Home.

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Article: Album Review

Denise Donatelli: Whistling in the Dark... The Music of Burt Bacharach

Read "Whistling in the Dark... The Music of Burt Bacharach" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Multi Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Denise Donatelli joins forces with Grammy Award-Winning record producer Larry Klein to offer her first concept album devoted to single composer on the soft-textured Whistling in The Dark... the music of Burt Bacharach. The music from one of the greatest song writers in American musical history, was something both Donatelli and bassist/producer ...

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Sunset in the Blue - The Deluxe Version

Label: Verve Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: If You Love Me; C'est Magnifique; There Where He Lives in Me; Love Song; You Won't Forget Me; Sunset in the Blue; Um Beijo; Ninguem, Ninguem; From Paris With Love; Ave Maria; Moon River; I Fall in Love Too Easily; Little Something; From Paris with Love(acoustic); Love Song (Ibrahim Maalouf); Trav'lin' Light; What Is This Thing Called Love; C'est Magnifique - Live in Namouche Studios - Antonio Zambujo

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Article: Interview

Billy Childs: L.A. Contentment

Read "Billy Childs: L.A. Contentment" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Billy Childs says taking formal piano lessons as a young child “didn't register" at the time. He didn't recoil from the instrument by any means, but it wasn't yet exciting. But he had a neighbor who also played. Childs looked up to him. It was that neighbor who showed him stuff--taught him to play “ Cantaloupe ...

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Freddie Hubbard: At Onkel Pӧ's Carnegie Hall

Read "At Onkel Pӧ's Carnegie Hall" reviewed by Stefano Merighi


Se si dovesse per gioco indicare un trombettista della storia del jazz che sintetizzasse tecnica strumentale, flessibilità espressiva, capacità mimetiche in relazione al contesto e ricchezza di curriculum forse la scelta cadrebbe su Freddie Hubbard. Il suo aplomb di giocatore era mirabile, valgano per tutte le sue apparizioni a fianco di John Coltrane, in Out to ...

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Article: Live Review

Madeleine Peyroux at Yoshi's Oakland

Read "Madeleine Peyroux at Yoshi's Oakland" reviewed by Walter Atkins


Madeleine Peyroux Yoshi's Oakland Oakland California October 27, 2015 Madeleine Peyroux flew into the comfortable confines of Yoshi's Oakland for a two-day mid week stand. On this Tuesday evening, she featured hit songs from her first anthology album Keep Me in Your Heart for a While: The Best of Madeleine Peyroux ...

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Article: Album Review

Billy Childs: Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

Read "Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The latter day jazz community, by and large, has embraced songwriting icons from the other side of the fence. Numerous artists associated with jazz have visited in on Bob Dylan's iconic work, explored the dark soul of Tom Waits, reshaped the poetic work(s) of Leonard Cohen, and/or tapped into the Joni Mitchell well. But what of ...


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