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Article: Album Review

Antonio Adolfo: Octet And Originals

Read "Octet And Originals" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Antonio Adolfo is a pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader in the Latin jazz tradition, but his music is informed by Brazilian musical styles of the samba, bossa, quadrilha and toada. This latest Adolfo release entitled Octet And Originals features all his original compositions and are played by a stellar band of musicians who have been connected ...

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News: Recording

Singer/Songwriter Mark Winkler Tops JazzWeek Chart And Receives Wide Acclaim For 'Late Bloomin’ Jazzman,' His 20th Album, An Homage To Aging

Singer/Songwriter Mark Winkler Tops JazzWeek Chart And Receives Wide Acclaim For 'Late Bloomin’ Jazzman,'  His 20th Album, An Homage To Aging

Late Bloomin' Jazzman, Mark Winkler’s 20th album, released in April 2022 on his Café Pacific Records label, may be his homage to aging, but the 72-year-old singer and songwriter is not about to slow down any time soon. Each of his previous projects has received stellar reviews and consistently topped the jazz charts, and his latest ...

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Beverley Church Hogan: Sweet Invitation

Read "Sweet Invitation" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


In 1984, an American writer named Harriet Doerr published a compelling novel called Stones for Ibarra (Penguin Books). The novel, partly autobiographical, was about rural Mexico. Ms. Doerr's novel was her first. It won a National Book Award. Doerr had attended university for a bit but dropped out to raise a family. She was 74 years ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Slonaker Big Band: Convergency

Read "Convergency" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Composer/conductor Dave Slonaker probably won't qualify as “prolific," at least based on recorded output alone, as he spends a lot of his time behind the scenes in film and television work—but one must appreciate the level of craftsmanship that he brings to his big band projects. His debut release, Intrada (Origin Records, 2014), received a well-earned ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

July 2022: Love Of The Tiger

Read "July 2022: Love Of The Tiger" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Dida Pelled Love Of The Tiger Self Produced 2022 Jazz singing is seeing an uptick of artists stepping out of their “traditional" roles into dramatically different vocal genres altogether. Mainstream-to-progressive Kristina Koller, who debuted in 2017 with the youthful and forward-thinking Perception (Self Produced) followed that effort with the hard-left ...

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Article: Album Review

Beverley Church Hogan: Sweet Invitation

Read "Sweet Invitation" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


The entertainment business only rarely offers second chances. However, that does seem to be the case for singer Beverley Church Hogan. Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, she began singing as a pre-teen, managed to have a regular gig on the radio and then, by her late teens, was singing in clubs and U.S.O. styled military ...

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Jimmy Branly: The Meeting

Read "The Meeting" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


There are decades when nothing happens, said Lenin, and weeks when decades happen. There have been far too many weeks in the three years since 2019 when decades went by. Looking for stability in the midst of madness may be a fool's errand, but it is for just such instances that recordings like The Meeting are ...

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Article: Album Review

Jimmy Branly Trio: The Meeting

Read "The Meeting" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Patience is a commodity which musicians generally have in an unlimited supply because the path from being an unknown musician to a known musician is long and filled with twists and turns, with no guarantee of arriving at a predicted destination. Drummer Jimmy Branly began that journey in his native Cuba and, along the way, recorded ...

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Article: Live Review

Roseanna Vitro at Jazz at the Joint

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Roseanna Vitro Jazz At The Joint North Little Rock, AR May 9, 2021 In Arkansas, when Spring smiles, she reveals a gold incisor of Summer, promising humid warmth and languid pace. So it was entering The Joint Comedy Theater in North Little Rock, on May 9. However, on the second Monday ...

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Article: Album Review

Ester Wiesnerova: Blue Journal

Read "Blue Journal" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Sometimes, catching the eye can be as important as catching the ear, at least in the beginning. Slovakian singer and composer Ester Wiesnerova definitely catches the eye with her debut release, Blue Journal. Inside a plain brown cardboard box is something of a tactile, as well as visual, treat:--a book covered in rich blue felt, full ...


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