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Phil Markowitz

Phil Markowitz, is forty year veteran of the International Jazz scene and is dedicated to realizing the full potential of improvisational music within the jazz idiom. He performs original compositions, which range from hard-cutting chromaticism to the most lyrical post-romantic ballads. Inventive, virtuostic, and accessible, Markowitz presents a forward-looking vision for contemporary music. His recordings as leader include “Perputity” on Dottime Records, “Catalysis” on Sunnyside Records, "Taxi Ride" (which features an incredible reunion with his lifelong friend, Toots Thielemans), "In the Woods", "Sno Peas", with Eddie Gomez and Al Foster and "Restless Dreams" (with vibraphonist Joe Locke)

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Article: The Jazz Life

Songbirds: An Interview with Singer Judy Niemack

Read "Songbirds: An Interview with Singer Judy Niemack" reviewed by Peter Rubie


Apart from their mutual respect for each other, and the fact that they are jazz singers, there isn't a lot, superficially, that you would think Judy Niemack and Jay Clayton have in common. But you'd be wrong. Both have a classical music background, Clayton at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, before moving ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Les McCann, Phil Markowitz, Melba Liston & Audrey Ochoa

Read "Les McCann, Phil Markowitz, Melba Liston & Audrey Ochoa" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We begin the 822nd episode of Neon Jazz with Canadian trombonist Audrey Ochoa and music from her 2023 album The Head of a Mouse. From there, we hear from the legendary Melba Liston. As the hour continues, we dig into new music from Joe Alterman, Chris Lee, Andrew Rathbun and Kelly Jefferson. In between, we drop ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Marc Copland: Impressions

Read "Marc Copland: Impressions" reviewed by John Kelman


Solo performances may approach presenting an artist at his or her most vulnerable, but it's in the context of the duo that they're the most exposed. Not only are their abilities, instincts and improvisational élan laid bare, but their communication skills, at the deepest level, are impossible to disguise. The good news is that, were pianist ...

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Article: Album Review

Chet Baker: Blue Room: The 1979 VARA Studio Sessions In Holland

Read "Blue Room: The 1979 VARA Studio Sessions In Holland" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Let us bring sexy back to jazz. Not that it has been misplaced but, in a world where a teenager with a horn can flawlessly navigate “Giant Steps," what seems to be the missing is the seductive element of jazz. We are undoubtedly reminded of the sensuous experience of the music which has always been reflected ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Bill Evans / Chet Baker / Sonny Stitt: Cold Case Investigations Strike Gold

Read "Bill Evans / Chet Baker / Sonny Stitt: Cold Case Investigations Strike Gold" reviewed by Chris May


Jazz detective Zev Feldman and Elemental Records have notched up more cold-case discoveries with albums by Bill Evans, Chet Baker and Sonny Stitt. The discs are scheduled for release in late April 2023, round about Record Store Day. None of the material has previously been available. All three albums are more than good and the Evans ...

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Article: Album Review

Phil Markowitz: Solo Piano Live in Rome

Read "Solo Piano Live in Rome" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Newyorchese, settant'anni compiuti da pochi mesi, Phil Markowitz si è fatto le ossa accanto a Chet Baker per poi legare il suo nome soprattutto a Dave Liebman. Il classico pianista accompagnatore? Sì e no, perché se è vero che, come molti colleghi di strumento, eccelle nel far risaltare le doti del solista che occupa il centro ...

Album

Puccini: A Walk In the Clouds

Label: Arkadia Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Opera: La Boheme Aria: Quando M’en Vo (Musetta’s Waltz); Opera: Tosca Aria: Come E Lunga L’Attesa (How Long The Wait); Opera: Turandot Aria: Nessum Dorma (None Shall Sleep); Opera: Tosca Aria: E Luce Van Le Stelle (The Stars Were Shining); Opera: Tosca Aria: Tre Sbirri (Three Agents); Opera: Gianni Schicci Aria: O Mio Babbino Caro (Oh, My Beloved Daddy); Opera: Turandot Aria: In Questa Reggia (Within This Place); Opera: Madame Butterfly Aria: Un Bel Di, Vedremo (One Fine Day He’ll Come); Opera: Madame Butterfly Aria: Vogliamenti Bene (Love Me, Please); Opera: Madame Butterfly Aria: Ancora Un Passo (One More Step); Opera: Tosca Aria: Vissi D’Arte (I Lived For Music and Love).

Album

Solo Piano Live in Rome

Label: Parco Della Musica
Released: 2022
Track listing:
CD 1:
Sweet and Lovely; Eaves / Beloved; Off by One; Sno' Peas Variations.
CD 2:
Mahoning; City Verticals; In a Sentimental Mood / Spring Is Here; What's New; Forgiveness.

Album

New Vista

Label: Arkadia Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: New Vista; Estaté; Real Dreams; So Far, So Close; Christmas Socks; Beauty and the Beast; Jungle Glide; Zingaro (Portrait in Black and White); The Gross Man.


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