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News: Recording

'The Wailing Sounds Of Ricky Ford: Paul’s Scene' - Ricky Ford Brings A Lifetime Of Experience To His Newest Recording

'The Wailing Sounds Of Ricky Ford: Paul’s Scene' - Ricky Ford Brings A Lifetime Of Experience To His Newest Recording

It is with tremendous pride that Whaling City Sound announces the new Ricky Ford recording, The Wailing Sounds of Ricky Ford. Not only does Ford bring impeccable credentials with him wherever he goes, but he also happens to have deep ties to New England, which is why the recording title is something of a play on ...

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Article: Album Review

Greg Abate: Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron

Read "Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Musicians will sometimes honor another musician who influenced their lives or work with a tribute or memorial recording after that influential musician has passed on. There's an abundance of first-rate music on the double-disc Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron. But the best thing about it is that the leader, flutist and saxophonist Greg Abate, ...

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News: Recording

One Of Those Nights: 'Serendipity' Is The Sound Of John Stein And His Trio Finding A Way To Get Beautiful Music Into The Hearts And Hands Of Jazz Fans, Despite The Odds

One Of Those Nights: 'Serendipity' Is The Sound Of John Stein And His Trio Finding A Way To Get Beautiful Music Into The Hearts And Hands Of Jazz Fans, Despite The Odds

Like many serious musicians, John Stein was trying to find a way to reach his audience following the Covid-19 breakout. He had just released Watershed, a career- defining recording to mark his planned retirement from Berklee College of Music, where he was an acclaimed educator. Of course, as with live music in general, the tour in ...

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News: Recording

A World Of Talent: Rale Micic’s Heartwarming Fusion Of Heritage, Taste, And Jazz Guitar Sophistication Shines On 'Only Love Will Stay'

A World Of Talent: Rale Micic’s Heartwarming Fusion Of Heritage, Taste, And Jazz Guitar Sophistication Shines On 'Only Love Will Stay'

It goes without saying, though we’ll say it once, right from the top here, that Rale Micic is a unique voice in jazz guitar. He combines an absurdly melodic approach and an intricate insight into harmonies, with a sort of deep personal story from his native Serbia. His life experience and heritage exert a soft and ...

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News: Recording

Wedding Bliss: Greg Abate’s Musical Gifts Combined With Kenny Barron’s Gorgeous Compositions Is A Match Made In Bebop Heaven

Wedding Bliss: Greg Abate’s Musical Gifts Combined With Kenny Barron’s Gorgeous Compositions Is A Match Made In Bebop Heaven

There’s a beautiful marriage happening with Greg Abate’s Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron. It’s the union between Abate’s multi-instrumental gift of bebop and Kenny Barron’s varied and sublime compositions. Abate and Barron, who, in addition to lending Abate his material, handles keys on this recording session, are soul mates occupying the same lovely musical ...

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News: Recording

Journey To The Heart Of Africa: Greg Murphy’s 'Cool Water' Is A Genuine Jazz Revelation

Journey To The Heart Of Africa: Greg Murphy’s 'Cool Water' Is A Genuine Jazz Revelation

Every recording has something of a story associated with it, especially in jazz. For Greg Murphy’s victorious new album, the story is especially intriguing and uniquely spiritual. “The inspiration for the concept of the album and title track, ‘Enkare Nairobi,’ (which means ‘cool water’ in Maasai and refers to the Nairobi River which flows through the ...

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News: Recording

A Welcome Guest: On 'Just Passing Thru' Miles Donahue Makes Himself Comfortable

A Welcome Guest: On 'Just Passing Thru' Miles Donahue Makes Himself Comfortable

Miles Donahue’s latest album, coming on the heels of The Bug (Whaling City Sound, 2017), Just Passing Thru is large in scope and beautiful in execution. The absurdly talented player, vibrant on both tenor and soprano saxophones, trumpet and keyboard, shows just how broad his musical wingspan is. It certainly helps that he has an amazing ...

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Article: Album Review

Mike Renzi with Jim Porcella: Christmas Is: December Duets

Read "Christmas Is: December Duets" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Now here's some music to cozy up to. You can almost feel the warmth of a fire place, smell some spruce and pine, see the falling snowflakes and taste the heaven of hot chocolate in these sounds. Master pianist Mike Renzi, a septuagenarian mainstay of the vocal community whose work has supported everyone from Mel Torme ...

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Article: Album Review

John Stein: Watershed

Read "Watershed" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


As his eleventh release on the label, Watershed continues the elegant and blissful creative marriage between guitarist John Stein and Whaling City Sound. A good marriage is based in compromise, in accommodating give-and-take, and Stein's give-and-take with this rhythm section of bassist Frank Herzberg, drummer Zé Eduardo Nazario and pianist Daniel Grajew creates beautiful, delightful music. ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Ute Lemper Will Perform 'Rendezvous With Marlene' Virtually In Its Entirety On Dreamstage on October 25

Ute Lemper Will Perform 'Rendezvous With Marlene' Virtually In Its Entirety On Dreamstage on October 25

Described as an “extraordinary, unforgettable evening with a sublime artist at the height of her powers–it should on no account be missed!” (Musical Theatre Review), Ute Lemper’s Rendezvous With Marlene channels Dietrich’s story of courage, glamour, and humanity. Ahead of her time, Dietrich was a legend as an actress, singer, fashion icon, and free spirit. In ...


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