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Opening

Label: MA Recordings
Released: 2010

Searching for the One

Label: MA Recordings
Released: 2003
Track listing: 1. Spirit of Jazz Today, Pt. 1 (This Groove) 2. Call 3. Double Standard 4. Twelve Tone Blue (Intro) 5. Twelve Tone Blue 6. How Dare You 7. So You Say 8. Fara

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rene Marie: Live At the Jazz Standard

Read "Live At the Jazz Standard" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The biggest surprise perhaps on Rene Marie’s inaugural live recording is the conspicuous absence of her controversial reading of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit" and the traditional “Dixie" in medley from her last MAXJAZZ recording Vertigo (MXJ114, 2001). To Marie’s credit, she does cover her previously covered “How Can I Keep From Singing" (the title of her ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

B-Sharp Jazz Quartet: Searching for the One

Read "Searching for the One" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Searching for the One was released by the California-based MAMA Foundation (which stands for “Musical Archives, Musical Archives") -- a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting preservation of experimental and “culturally significant" artists who might not otherwise have the opportunity to spread their magic. This record by the B Sharp Jazz Quartet is indeed a quest for ...

Simply Natural

Label: MA Recordings
Released: 2002
Track listing: Simply Natural; Tulip or Turnip; Weak for the Man; Watermelon Man; Strong Man; Something 'Bout Believing; Scarborough Fair; Are You With Me; Summer (Estat'); Still Gotta Thing for You; I Can't Give You Anything But Love.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Carla Cook: Simply Natural

Read "Simply Natural" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

A Third by Ms. Cook... Carla Cook is the first singer on the MAXJAZZ roster to release three discs. Her previous two, It’s All About Love and Dem Bones both received considerable attention upon release. Here, Ms. Cook continues in fine form and under the direction of producer/pianist Bruce Barth. Cyrus Chestnut is again on hand ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Carla Cook: Simply Natural

Read "Simply Natural" reviewed by Jim Santella

"Simply Natural." The song's title describes what Carla Cook is all about and what makes her such a thrilling vocalist. She's genuine. Both her scat singing and her lyric interpretations result in a relaxed atmosphere where everyone can sit back and enjoy being a part of it. Accompanists Bruce Barth and Cyrus Chestnut are in fine ...

Dem Bones

Label: MA Recordings
Released: 2001
Track listing: The More I See You; Like A Lover; Oh Gee; Dem Bones; Just A Sittin' And A Rockin'; Ode To Billie Joe; Someone To Light Up My Life; For The Elders; Come, Ye Disconsolate; Better Than Anything; A Lover's Lullaby (Total Time: 60:31).


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