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Peter Archer: The True Inspiration of "Soul"

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Disney / PIXAR's jazz-flavored movie Soul has garnered rave reviews and buzz worldwide. That's because in addition to its spectacular animation and meticulous production values, there's an honest and accurate representation of jazz and jazz musicians. What's behind that is the fact that the film was inspired by a dedicated Queens music teacher, Dr. Peter Archer. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rick Stepton: The Placebone Effect

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On an August day and in midst and darkness of a global pandemic, five New England jazz musicians under the leadership of trombonist Rick Stepton entered a Massachusetts studio and let it all fly. The result? The Placebone Effect, a fine collection of workhorse standards along with a Stepton original, performed with verve, style, taste and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Frank Sinatra: Sing and Dance with Frank Sinatra

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Sing and Dance with Frank Sinatra is without question a recording achievement of importance and historical magnitude. Producers Charles L. Granata and Andreas Meyer have delivered an experience that sources and reconstitutes important Sinatra mid-20th Century material. It will fascinate Sinatraphiles and enlighten those interested in “The Voice's" artistic development from crooner to swing icon.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Satin Dollz: Pinup Revolution

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Classic music. It is something that withstands the test of time and gains resonance—and perhaps audiences—in doing so. This recording revisits the mid-20th Century swing canon, from before and during World War II, before the Spotifys, Elvis, Beatles, et al. Pin Up Revolution, a debut recording presented by The Satin Dollz, pays tribute to that musically ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEW

Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story

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Doc Severinsen Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story A film by Kevin Bright & Jeff Consiglio Just Bright Productions2020 Never Too Late (Just Bright Productions, 2020) is a meticulously produced and emotion-grabbing documentary portrait of the musical career and life of trumpeter Doc Severinsen. While Duke Ellington may ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tomoko Omura: Branches Vol. 1

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With Branches Vol. 1, award-winning violinist Tomoro Omura dives deep into exploring textures and melodic invention drawn from Japanese folklore. This effort is a contemporized display which validates Omura's vast instrumental abilities and also channels Japanese folklore as a launch-point for her superior composition skills. The recording is seductive, deeply emotional and meditative, and, simultaneously, elegantly ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Jazz: A Love Letter

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Jazz: A Love Letter Frank McGowan 75 Pages ISBN: #-13: 978-1798827819 ISBN-10: 1798827816 Self Published 2020 Frank McGowan's self-described love letter delivers a Golden Guy's and former semi-professional trumpeter's glance in the proverbial musical rear-view mirror. The highly-entertaining work is chock-filled with reminisces, bump-intos and you-are-there anecdotes that will ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Susan Tobocman: Touch & Go

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A glance at the song list presented here--some rather unique choices, for sure--could lead one to assume that this album warrants a listen. What really slams things home, however, are Susan Tobocman's exceptionally slick arrangements of said selections, her excellent vocal skills, and some fine solo playing. With Touch & Go Tobocman—a Detroit ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Antonio Adolfo: BruMa: Celebrating Milton Nascimento

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Brazilian performer/composer Milton Nascimento has given the pop, jazz, contemporary and rock worlds an amazon of music that is almost impossible to comprehend in its entirety. With BruMa pianist-composer Antonio Adolfo and a cadre of outstanding Brazilian musicians he provides a highly stylized, exotic and utterly brilliant Grammy-worthy exploration of Nascimento's works. This album is so ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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

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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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