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AAJ Contributor Michael P. Gladstone Passes Away on January 3, 2009

AAJ Contributor Michael P. Gladstone Passes Away on January 3, 2009

All About Jazz is deeply saddened to report the news that one of its long-time contributors, Michael P. Gladstone, passed away on January 3, 2009 following a long battle with cancer. He was only 66. In the six years that Mike devoted to AAJ, he covered artists ranging from established names including John Abercrombie, Herbie Hancock ...


Article: Album Review

Kate Schutt: No Love Lost

Read "No Love Lost" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

No Love Lost is an album from singer/songwriter/guitarist Kate Schutt, a U.S citizen living in Guelph, Ontario, Canada since 2005 Schutt offers a variety of moods, and her writing is always sharp regarding the state of her heart, via some tunes of love--some unrequited and some rather active. The overall mood of the album echoes the ...


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Tim Hagans: Alone Together

Read "Alone Together" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Despite the title of trumpeter Tim Hagans' Alone Together, from the Schwartz/Dietz love song, neither the titular tune--nor the majority of the album--is anything but a cooker. Hagans, who has received a lot of exposure by the Pirouet label in 2008, leads this beautifully rendered series of three standards and four originals from pianist Marc Copland--was ...


Article: Album Review

Andy Middleton: The European Quartet Live

Read "The European Quartet Live" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

The last time that saxophonist Andy Middleton was heard from he was providing a pro-environmental message on Re-Inventing The World, (Intuition, 2003) with such titles as “Three Mile Island," “Atlas Shrugged" and “At The Foot of The Hill." Middleton's most recent outing, The European Quartet Live (Q-Rious music, 2008), seems to have shifted gears with only ...


Article: Album Review

Central New York Jazz Orchestra (CNY): Then, Now & Again

Read "Then, Now & Again" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

CNY is not an acronym for Crosby, Nash and Young; it is the musical abbreviation for the Central New York Jazz Orchestra, formed in the mid-1990s and led by musical director Bret Zvacek. The band performs for schools as well as the public in upstate New York. The album consists of a CD and a short ...


Article: Album Review

Gato Libre: Kuro

Read "Kuro" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

This album is a bit unusual for trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and his group Gato Libre. While many of his other recordings are in a free jazz mode--notably as an accompanist for his wife, pianist Satoko Fujii--Kuro seems largely intent in showing a varying picture of Tamura's musical scope. Fujii forgoes her usual piano for accordion on ...


Article: Album Review

Gene Bertoncini: Concerti

Read "Concerti" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

What could possibly be better than hearing guitarist extraordinaire Gene Bertoncini on Concerti? Simply, being ten feet away from the bandstand and viewing his quicksilver style of playing, astounding an appreciative audience. Bertoncini, over the course of several decades, has become an elder statesman plectrist, working in a number of settings--solo, duet, trio ...


Article: Album Review

The Paul Carlon Octet: Roots Propaganda

Read "Roots Propaganda" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

For his sophomore effort as a leader, multi-reed player Paul Carlon has found quite an interesting project. Roots Propaganda retains most of the musicians from his debut, Other Tongues (Deep Tone, 2006), and also the impression that each track represents a totally different shade of Latin jazz. Although only two albums have been released, ...


Article: Album Review

Bennet Paster & Gregory Ryan: Grupo Yanqui Rides Again

Read "Grupo Yanqui Rides Again" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

This album is a winning effort that presents urban Latin jazz, led by pianist Bennett Paster and bassist Gregory Ryan. Grupo Yanqui Rides Again is a solid interpretation of mostly original material proffered up by the leading duo. The album contains the combination of Latin ideas and the talent of saxophonist Chris Cheek ...


Article: Album Review

Jamie Baum Septet: Solace

Read "Solace" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

New Yorker or, more specifically, Brooklyn flutist and composer Jamie Baum has again realized a most ambitious album that repeats the success of her previous Moving Forward, Standing Still (Omnitone, 2004), with largely the same personnel. After an intensive homage to Bela Bartok on that album, Baum spends even more time here with the work of ...


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