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Mike McGuirk

Bassist Mike McGuirk grew up in Portland, Oregon. At age eleven he began playing the electric bass and, while in high school, devoted his attention to the acoustic bass. He went on to study at the University of North Texas with Jeff Bradetich, where he received a bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies. In 1997, he won the International Society of Bassists jazz bass competition. Since arriving in New York he has played and/or recorded with John Abercrombie, Marc Copland, David Liebman, Tim Hagans, Don Friedman, Joey Baron, Andy Laverne, Eliot Zigmund, Adam Nussbaum, Bennie Wallace, Mulgrew Miller, Billy Drummond, Renee Rosnes, Walt Weiskopf and Eddie Henderson among others. Recently, he can be heard on Marc Copland's Lunar featuring David Liebman, and Jed Levy's Round and Round on Steeplechase records.

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Megumi Yonezawa: Resonance

Read "Resonance" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


La pianista giapponese Megumi Yonezawa, da tempo residente a New York e collaboratrice stabile di Greg Osby, esce per Sunnyside con il secondo album a proprio nome, un piano trio nel quale mescola brani di propria composizione, alcuni standard e un'improvvisazione totale.La cifra del lavoro è quella di un modern jazz estremamente ricco di ...

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Resonance

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: 1. Before the Wind 2. The Radiance 3. It's All That Matters 4. Valley in the Deep Sea 5. Lone Winds Blow 6. Countdown 7. Body and Soul 8. Everything I Love 9. Yet Again at Will 10. All or Nothing at All

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Don't Let Go

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Disc 1—Breathe Deep; Morning Hope; Four-Letter Words; Kiss the Ground; Burnin’ Daylight; A Summer Midnight’s Dream; Necessary. Disc 2—I Wonder; You’re a Long Way from Home; You Never Know; Smile Slow; Letting Go; Touch the Sky; Don’t Let Go.

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Article: Album Review

Mike Holober & Balancing Act: Don't Let Go

Read "Don't Let Go" reviewed by Jack Bowers


With Don't Let Go, pianist Mike Holober and the octet Balancing Act seemed to have found an ideal way to cross-breed classical motifs and contemporary jazz to produce a pleasurable listening experience. Then he added lyrics. Granted, not all lyrics are superfluous—even those that are either nebulous or indecipherable, as is too often the case here. ...

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2020 Releases Deserving Recognition

Read "2020 Releases Deserving Recognition" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Pandemic or no pandemic, there were a lot of worthwhile jazz CDs released in 2020, more than could be covered within the year. Here are quick reviews of six of them. Benny Rubin Jr. Quartet Know Say Or See Self-Produced 2020 Benny Rubin Jr is a young ...

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Live at Maureen's Jazz Cellar

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Out of the Night Came You; Invitation; Dear Virginia; Morning Hope; All the Things You Are; Peace; Funkallero.

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Article: Interview

Marvin Stamm: Team Player

Read "Marvin Stamm: Team Player" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Trumpeter Marvin Stamm is known for being part of a gazillion albums, having that ability to go into a studio and play exactly what's required, whether it's for a records by pop singers, jazz artists, Paul McCartney, Donny Hathaway or touring with Frank Sinatra. It's a reputation the highly skilled player earned with hard work.

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Article: Album Review

Marvin Stamm, Mike Holober, Mike McGuirk, Dennis Mackrel: Live at Maureen's Jazz Cellar

Read "Live at Maureen's Jazz Cellar" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Marvin Stamm, Mike Holober, Mike McGuirk and Dennis Mackrel; when musicians of that caliber gather onstage to record a live supper club session, even the diners snap to attention and harken closely lest any phrase or nuance eludes the ears. Such was the case on a December evening in 2019 at Maureen's Jazz Cellar in Nyack, ...

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Article: Album Review

Mike Holober: Marvin Stamm/Mike Holober Quartet Live @ Maureen's Jazz Cellar

Read "Marvin Stamm/Mike Holober Quartet Live @ Maureen's Jazz Cellar" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


One of the many things sorely missed in the 2020's COVID situation is that cornerstone of jazz—the live-in-a-club performance. Live at Maureen's Cellar provides a vivid recollection of what pre-plague joy we had.. This fine recording presents that intimate club vibe, offering engaging extended solos, ensemble (and audience) interaction, and the emotional range that jazz delivers ...


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