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A native of Toronto Canada, saxophonist and composer Pete Mills’ discography includes 4 solo titles, with his most recent, 2014’s Sweet Shadow. The CD is released on Vancouver based Cellar Live Records and features drummer Matt Wilson (who is also a part of Mills’ disc Art and Architecture), his long time collaborator, guitarist Pete McCann, bassist Martin Wind and pianist Erik Augis. Mills 2007 release, Fresh Spin on the Summit Records label features B3 organist Tony Monaco and Pete McCann. It received enthusiastic reviews in both DownBeat (3 ½ Stars) and JazzTimes magazines and was on the Jazz Week top 50-radio chart for 8 weeks

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Dave Morgan: Blue Is More Than a Color

Read "Blue Is More Than a Color" reviewed by Mark Corroto


With the modern availability of inexpensive recording technology, seemingly anyone can turn out a jazz release. It is, accordingly, a pleasure when a release comes about marked by superior craftsmanship. Blue Is More Than A Color, a jazz orchestra disc, is a fine example of not only excellent sound (not an easy task with 26 pieces) ...

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Dave Morgan: Blue Is More Than a Color

Read "Blue Is More Than a Color" reviewed by Jack Bowers


If nothing else, bassist-composer Dave Morgan's album, Blue Is More Than a Color, affirms that big-band jazz is alive and well in the Akron, Ohio, area. Perhaps more than coincidentally, Morgan's large and well-drilled ensemble plies its trade on a regular basis at Akron's Blu Jazz Club whose patrons may presumably hear previews of the seven ...

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Michael Cox & Pete Mills at Columbus Museum of Art

Read "Michael Cox & Pete Mills at Columbus Museum of Art" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Michael Cox & Pete Mills Columbus Museum of Art Jazz Master Sessions Columbus, OH February 2, 2019 After a week of subzero temperatures, the fierce winter relented for an afternoon. Was the polar vortex's exodus precipitated by an old fashioned saxophone cutting contest? Some in attendance ...

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William Flynn: The Songbook Project

Read "The Songbook Project" reviewed by Don Phipps


The Songbook Project from guitarist William Flynn provides jazz enthusiasts with great arrangements of some top-flight songs from the popular music catalog. On this album, one can hear jazz versions of music by the Smashing Pumpkins, Oasis, Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, and Jewel. The musicians all add color to the music. “Tonight Tonight" opens ...

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Detroit Bop Quintet: Two Birds

Read "Two Birds" reviewed by Mark Corroto


On December 21st 1947 Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Jordan, Tommy Potter, and Max Roach recorded four Parker compositions for Savoy at United Sound Systems recording studio in Detroit, Michigan. Parker's Quintet was in town for two weeks, performing and backing Sarah Vaughan at the El Sino Club. It appears that Parker hustled to lay down ...

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Sweet Shadow

Label: Cellar Live
Released: 2014
Track listing: Shiner; Summer; The Snagel; Duo 1; New School; Sweet Shadow; Seranade to a Cuckoo; Close to Nevr; Duo 2; The Star Crossed Lovers; Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend; Blues For Mel; Elora Dolce; Momentum.

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Pete Mills: Sweet Shadow

Read "Sweet Shadow" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Canadese di nascita ma statunitense d'adozione, Pete Mills pubblica il suo quarto disco confermando alcuni abituali partner, come il propulsivo batterista Matt Wilson o il chitarrista Pete McCann (entrambi in Art and Architecture del 2004). Siamo in pieno straight ahead jazz ma la fantasia e l'inventivo groove del leader trovano piena risposta nei partner ...

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Martin Wind Quartet: Turn Out the Stars

Read "Turn Out the Stars" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Has an artist ever been characterized as a hopeful romantic? If not, then let us nominate Martin Wind, not as hopeless, but a bullish and inspiring romantic. His quartet and the 36- piece Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana tribute to pianist Bill Evans Turn Out The Stars marries his talents, both as a jazz bassist/bandleader and orchestral arranger. ...

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Pete Mills: Sweet Shadow

Read "Sweet Shadow" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


A lot of words have clicked out of the keyboards concerning the possible demise of the compact disc. Maybe CDs will suffer the extinction, maybe not. But one thing is sure: saxophonist Pete Mills' Sweet Shadow is an excellent argument for the survival of the species. On his fourth release as a leader, Mills ...


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