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Chuck Granata: On Sinatra, The Beach Boys, and Johnny Mandel

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Chuck Granata is a record and radio producer, author, music historian and archivist. He has written four books on music and sound recording: Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording (Chicago Review Press, A Capella Books, 1999), Wouldn't it be Nice: Brian Wilson and the Making of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (Chicago ...

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John Bacon / Michael McNeill / Danny Ziemann: Refractions

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The Thelonious Monk canon has proved to be fertile ground for jazz musicians' explorations. The reasons range from a sincere and deep appreciation of Monk's melodic and harmonic approaches to a sort of a quirky fascination with the eccentricity of some of Monk's off-center sounds. Pianist Michael McNeill's trio effort, Refractions, is less a hagiography of ...

Barbara Reed: Mystery and Music

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Pianist, composer and author, jny: Los Angeles-based Barbara Reed is not only a triple artistic threat, but, she has combined all of those abundant skills in a way that is literally novel. Originally from suburban jny: Chicago and having studied at Berklee, Reed has developed a long, celebrated performing career in L.A. Her debut ...

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Bobby Shew / Bill Mays: Telepathy

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Trumpet and piano duo albums are relatively rare. Louis Armstrong and Earl “Fatha" Hines' “Weather Bird" (1928) was a groundbreaker, although a single. Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie (Pablo, 1974) and Clark Terry's One on One (Chesky Records, 1999), where CT played with fourteen different jazz pianists, come to mind. Telepathy, a horn-piano collaboration featuring trumpeter ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Clairdee: A Love Letter To Lena

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Revered decades after her passing, Lena Horne has remained an icon in the realms of music, stage & screen, and civil rights activism. With A Love Letter to Lena, San Francisco-based vocalist Clairdee assumes the task of saluting Horne by way of selections from Billy Strayhorn and other great American composers. And the inclusion of narration ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Reid Hoyson Project Featuring Don DePaolis and Mark Lucas: Natural Gifts

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Natural Gifts, from Pittsburgh-based drummer/producer Reid Hoyson, offers eleven selections that deliver a very enjoyable jazz experience. The performers all emanate from Pittsburgh and the entire group shines. Like the Three-Rivers City, the session melds fine compositions, soloing and ensemble interplay. “Bottom Without a Top" launches the session with a Latin-grooved head before ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Anthony Jefferson: All I Am

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Male vocal artists such as Al Jarreau, George Benson, Luther Vandross, Lou Rawls, Brook Benton, et al maintained the vibrancy of the classic crooners of the Golden Age—Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, et al. With All I Am Anthony Jefferson does a superb job of artistically paying tribute to many of these iconic names—and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jordan Ponzi: The First Journey

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The First Journey from bassist, educator Jordan Ponzi is a classic trio side which delivers a kaleidoscope of textures, tempos, and superb playing. The 7-track recording packs plenty of punch and variety within—and it's a winner. Jordan Ponzi's eclectic compositions offer fine launch pads for superior improv and great ensemble interaction. “Sign Unseen" is ...

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Antonio Colangelo: Tabaco y Azúcar

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Explorers of all kinds—but especially those musical—have a common thread in their DNA to expand our universes and provide a vision to the collective consciousness. For them, it is a relentless but never-ending journey. With Tabaco y Azúcar, Italian-born guitarist Antonio Colangelo and his superior crew present nine tracks of deep textural insights ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Brian Scanlon: Brain Scan

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Woodwind artist Brian Scanlon has established himself as one of the most respected of the go-to players working the L.A. studio scene. His offerings in the Grammy®-winning “Big Phat Band" have lent plenty to that unit's success. In the intriguingly named Brain Scan, Scanlon moves out into the leader's spotlight with a superb ...


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