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Finally Friday

Label: MCG Jazz
Released: 2023
Track listing: Hasty J; Finally Friday; Slipping Through the Cracks; With Thoughts of Agnes; Asked and Answered; Easy Going; Soledad del Otono; Razor Burn.


Article: Album Review

Jason Kush: Finally Friday

Read "Finally Friday" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Simply narrating the resume of saxophonist/educator/writer/composer Jason Kush would require more space than is usually devoted to an entire review. For someone his age--or even someone older--Kush, currently an associate professor at Slippery Rock (PA) University, has had an exceptionally wide and productive career as a performer, teacher and author in a multitude of genres in ...


News: Recording

Craig Davis: Music of Dodo Marmarosa

Craig Davis: Music of Dodo Marmarosa

Michael “Dodo" Marmarosa was a fascinating jazz pianist. Among the first pianists to master bebop in the mid-1940s, he had an accomplished, plush touch. As I wrote back in 2008, “Dodo was less aggressive than Bud Powell and more expressive and complex than Al Haig. He preferred a punctuating, full keyboard approach, developing ideas in the ...


Force of Nature

Label: MCG Jazz
Released: 2022
Track listing: Gjon Mill Jam Session; Aries; Taurus; Cancer / Act of Contrition; Lonely Moments; What's Your Story, Morning Glory? / Ghost of Love; Force of Mature; Intermission; Dirge Blues; Carcinoma; Stompin' at the Savoy; My Blue Heaven.


Tone Paintings

Label: MCG Jazz
Released: 2022
Track listing: Mellow Mood; Dodo’s Bounce; Dodo’s Blues; Escape; A Ditty for Dodo; Opus No. 5; Compadoo; Dary Departs; Tone Paintings; Battle of the Balcony Jive; Dodo’s Lament.


Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's Garden Of Jazzy Delights 2022

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's Garden Of Jazzy Delights 2022" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The depth and range of the music that jazz players have put on record in 2022 are so big that summarizing this “year in jazz" by selecting only ten albums feels akin to taking the photo of a breath-taking landscape with an ultra-low resolution camera... Ten years from now, how is one supposed to understand how ...


Article: Year in Review

Jack Bowers' Best Jazz Albums Of 2022

Read "Jack Bowers' Best Jazz Albums Of 2022" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the Covid pandemic slowly recedes into America's rear-view mirror, jazz groups of all sizes and shapes have begun performing and recording again, making 2022 a rather good year over-all for fans and reviewers alike. New artists, new sounds and new approaches have combined to lend assurance that jazz remains in good hands and will continue ...


Article: Album Review

Craig Davis: Tone Paintings

Read "Tone Paintings" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The subtitle of pianist Craig Davis' second album, Tone Paintings, is “The Music of Dodo Marmarosa." For those who may be inclined to ask, “Dodo who?" the album offers a mini-biography of Pittsburgh-born Michael (Dodo) Marmarosa, an exceptionally talented pianist whose promising early career was cut short by the crushing weight of mental and emotional problems ...


Article: Album Review

Deanna Witkowski: Force of Nature

Read "Force of Nature" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Pianist Deanna Witkowski has been studying the life and work of pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams for twenty years. This has resulted in her writing a biography of the artist, Mary Lou Williams; Music For The Soul (Liturgical Press, 2021) and making this companion album of her interpretations of Williams' music. Working in ...


Song of the Day


Label: MCG Jazz
Released: 2022
Duration: 03:56


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