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Paul Meyers

Guitarist/composer Paul Meyers has performed and/or recorded with Geri Allen, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Ray Drummond, Eliane Elias, Clare Fischer, Sonny Fortune, Eddie Gomez, Jon Hendricks & Annie Ross, Marc Johnson, Wynton Marsalis, George Mraz, Rufus Reid, David Sanchez, Kenny Werner, and the Woody Herman Orchestra in appearances at the Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He toured for years with two great jazz singers - Jon Hendricks since 1993, and Andy Bey from 1997 to 2008.

International performances include Japan and Hong Kong with the Salute to Duke Ellington Orchestra ( featuring Paul along with Bob Brookmeyer, Mel Lewis and Joe Wilder ) - Spain with the great percussionist Cafe - France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy with Jon Hendricks - Brazil, England, Macedonia, Greece and the Netherlands with Andy Bey - Japan with Karrin Allison - Argentina with Gary Burton

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Article: Album Review

Alexis Cole: Sky Blossom/Songs from My Tour of Duty

Read "Sky Blossom/Songs from My Tour of Duty" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Alexis Cole is an excellent singer, an opinion endorsed by recent high-profile gigs at Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Jazz at Lincoln Center and with the Boston Pops and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Even so, she is nearly upstaged on Sky Blossom by Scott Arcangel's superlative arrangements (plus one each by Chris Walden and Mike Reifenberg) and the marvelous ...

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I Wish I Knew

Label: Lydian Jazz
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Great City; I Wish I Knew; It Could Happen To You; I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face; Poinciana; Alfie; Hello Young Lovers; The Shadow of Your Smile Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye; In a Mellow Tone; You Go To My Head; The Party’s Over.

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Article: Album Review

Susie Meissner: I Wish I Knew

Read "I Wish I Knew" reviewed by Jack Bowers


I wish I knew why the talented Philadelphia-based singer Susie Meissner chose to open her salute to the Great American Songbook with the only tune on the album that doesn't really qualify: Curtis Lewis' “The Great City." It's not a bad song but Cole Porter or Johnny Mandel it ain't. On the bright side, Meissner recovers ...

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Poinciana

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Label: Lydian Jazz Records
Released: 2020
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Article: Album Review

Kate Reid: The Heart Already Knows

Read "The Heart Already Knows" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


There's a special sort of intimacy achieved when a singer performs with the accompaniment of only one instrument. On this CD Kate Reid explores that in a big way, recording duets with two different pianists and three different guitarists. Reid has an appealingly husky alto voice with a casual coziness that adapts nicely to ...

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Article: Album Review

Dick Oatts / Mats Holmquist New York Jazz Orchestra: A Tribute to Herbie +1

Read "A Tribute to Herbie +1" reviewed by Jack Bowers


A Tribute to Herbie +1 is Swedish-born composer / arranger Mats Holmquist's third “tribute" album, following well-received salutes to Chick Corea (2003) and Wayne Shorter (2012). For his encomium to pianist / composer Herbie Hancock, Holmquist called upon two of New York City's most respected sidemen, alto saxophonist Dick Oatts and trombonist John Mosca, known and ...

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Tea for Two

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015
Track listing: If I Were A Bell; Tea For Two; Mean To Me; Moonlight Saving Time; Laura; Love Is Here To Stay; Moonglow; Just You, Just Me; Everything I Love; Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry; I Didn't Know What Time It Was; Crazy He Calls Me; Triste; Say It Isn't So/Always.

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

The Jazz Ballad Gauntlet: Rebecca Parris and Beat Kaestli

Read "The Jazz Ballad Gauntlet: Rebecca Parris and Beat Kaestli" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


bal * lad :noun \'ba-ləd\ A slow popular song that is typically about love. The ballad remains one of the most durable vehicles in any music genre. In jazz, it is a make-or-break format capable of revealing the haves and haves not in the jazz vocals department. There have been ...

News: Recording

Vocal Icon Janis Siegel Releases First Solo Album in Seven Years: "NightSongs"

Vocal Icon Janis Siegel Releases First Solo Album in Seven Years: "NightSongs"

Over the past four decades, the voice of Janis Siegel, a nine-time Grammy winner and a seventeen-time Grammy nominee, has been an undeniable force in music; a founding member of The Manhattan Transfer, solo artist, producer and arranger, Janis is “about as eclectic in her musical tastes as a pop singer can get,” writes The New ...


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