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Smile

Label: Planet Arts Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Smile; Cucumber Slumber; Hip-Hug-Her; Ode To Billie Joe; First Time On A Ferris Wheel; Dance of the Coal Cars; Mad Dog; Rainbow Connection; I’ve Got To Use My Imagination; Theme From Law and Order; This City Never Sleeps; Smile

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Bill Warfield and the Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra: Smile

Read "Smile" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Having no idea what to expect from an ensemble labeled the Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra, the game plan must be to advance with caution, as any orchestra with trumpeter Bill Warfield at the helm can't be all bad. After listening, it becomes clear that the game plan was sound and the premise accurate: Smile, the HKFO's ...

For Lew

Label: Planet Arts Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Old Devil Moon; Totem Pole; Street Corner Supermarket; In Your Own Sweet Way; Scootzie; Tentigo; Some Other Blues; Goodbye Porkpie Hat; Salsa en Mi Alma; A Little Circus Music; The Three Marias; When Janie Takes the Stand.

Ornettiquette

Label: Planet Arts Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: OCDC; Jayne; Ghosts; Tomorrow Is The Question; Just For You; When Will The Blues Leave; Lonely Woman; PTU.

Birdsongs

Label: Planet Arts Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Birdsongs for Eric; Hello; Dancin’ With The Sparrows; If You’ll Call Me, Then I’ll Call You; Won’t You Come Out To Play; The (Un)Common Loon; Variations On A Hermit Thrush At Eve; Folksong; When Birds Dream.

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Chris Pasin: Ornettiquette

Read "Ornettiquette" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Included on an album dedicated to the legendary Ornette Coleman, it is “Ghosts," a composition by saxophonist Albert Ayler. Trumpeter Chris Pasin assembled an impressive collection of musicians to record Ornettiquette with Karl Berger and vocalist Ingrid Sertso, both connected to the 1960s revolution through their work with Coleman and Don Cherry. In addition, there's saxophonist ...

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Chris Pasin: Ornettiquette

Read "Ornettiquette" reviewed by Chris Mosey

It's amazing how quickly what was billed as the future of jazz became its past. In 1959 when saxophonist Ornette Coleman released his third album, he wanted to call it Focus On Sanity. Instead, at the insistence of Atlantic producer Nesuhi Ertegun, it was portentously titled The Shape Of Jazz To Come. Other musicians took heed ...

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Diane Moser: Birdsongs

Read "Birdsongs" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There is a tradition of composers finding inspiration in the songs of birds. Olivier Messiaen did it in the classical realm and Eric Dolphy did it in the jazz world. Pianist Diane Moser follows in that tradition on this CD, turning birdsong into a bevy of haunting compositions both for solo piano and the trio of ...

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Bill Warfield: For Lew

Read "For Lew" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “Lew" referred to on Renaissance man Bill Warfield's latest big-band album, For Lew, is the late trumpeter Lew Soloff, whom Warfield remembers in the liner notes as “my mentor, colleague, friend and inspiration." The inspiration arrived when the teen-age Warfield, who had switched from trumpet to piano after losing his front teeth in an auto ...

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Diane Moser: Birdsongs

Read "Birdsongs" reviewed by Troy Dostert

While she hasn't gotten quite the recognition she deserves, pianist/composer Diane Moser has steadily released a series of fine recordings over the last couple decades. Her 17-piece Composers Big Band recorded Live at Tierney's Tavern in 1999 (on the New Arts label), but she's also made some excellent smaller-group records, some of which have featured some ...


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