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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Bernstein: Peter Bernstein Quartet, Live at Smalls

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Peter Bernstein is one of the most pleasing and accomplished guitarists around, a must-hear, go-see for fans of straight-ahead jazz with a fresh, of-the-moment feel. A fixture on the New York scene and beyond, Bernstein deserves to be even better-known for his intricately beautiful melodic lines, harmonic sophistication, spot-on improvisation and good taste. ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Donny McCaslin

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If saxophonist Donny McCaslin's life were made into a movie, the following 'scene' could be a natural start: A young boy perched on a stool on the bandstand at a California mall. Too young to be let loose to wander, it's an efficient way his working father could keep an eye on the boy and still ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Ben Monder On the Side: Brian Charette & Mika Pohjola

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Brian CharetteUpsideSteepleChase2009 Mika PohjolaNorthern SunriseBlueMusicGroup2009 There's a reason why, at Ben Monder performances, the guitar geeks sit in the first row. He is an outstanding soloist, inventive improviser and ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Lionel Hampton Centennial

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Lionel HamptonCentennial CelebrationPablo/Telarc - Concord2009 Lionel Hampton Big BandThe European Concerts, 1953-1954Fremeaux & Associes2009 Lionel HamptonMostly BluesNimbus Records2009 Straight out of ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Stacy Dillard: One & Tarbaby

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Stacy Dillard One Smalls Records 2009 Stacy DillardTarbaby Imani Records 2009 Saxophonist Stacy Dillard's spirited energy is laced with nuance and intelligence and, while he's not shy of passion or ...

Terell Stafford Shares Brotherly Love, Organ Fever

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Clayton BrothersBrother to Brother ArtistShare 2008 Tim WarfieldOne for Shirley Criss Cross 2008 Playing favorites can be a subjective enterprise but it would take a real grouch to insist that ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Tom Harrell: Boundless Beauty

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Tom Harrell is an exceptional musician, known for his exquisite playing on trumpet and flugelhorn as well as for the many lyrical melodies, expressive harmonies and undeniably beautiful music he has composed for some 40 years and, happily, counting. Many famous colleagues, orchestras and big bands have recorded his original compositions and arrangements and among jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Logan Richardson: Ethos

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Logan Richardson is an enterprising and resourceful young alto player, composer and bandleader. Like his well-received debut, Cerebral Flow (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2007), Ethos--also favoring a concept-driven title--shows off Richardson's ample technique and compositions imbued with feeling. His 14 originals move between a variety of tempos, structures and moods, giving a nod to sensible architecture ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Aaron Parks: Invisible Cinema

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While he only just passed his 24th birthday in October 2008, the gifted Aaron Parks has been appreciated by New Yorkers for quite some time. He's been paying his dues in local clubs for years and has distinguished himself further--enhancing his reputation as a pianist of excellence--as a former member of Terence Blanchard's notable Flow sextet, ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

John Marshal: Live at "Le Pirate" & Marshall Arts

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John Marshall Live At “Le Pirate" Organic Music 2008 John Marshall/Ferdinand Povel Quintet Marshall Arts Blue Jack Jazz 2008 Trumpeter John Marshall should be more famously known in the ...


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