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Electric blues meets bebop with contemporary influences. An exciting convergence of sounds that has made Randy Johnston one of the hottest jazz guitarists both in the United States and abroad. January 2006 marked the release of "Randy Johnston Live", a full length DVD trio recording. This comes on the heels of the audio CD "Is It You?" which was a major hit on jazz radio in 2005. His previous eight CDs "Hit and Run","Detour Ahead", "Homage", "Riding the Curve", "Somewhere in the Night", "In-A-Chord", "Jubilation", and "Walk On" have all recieved critical acclaim and commercial success. Johnston's recordings have throught the years featured an impressive array of sidemen including Grady Tate, Joey De Francesco, Benny Green, Eric Alexander, Idris Muhammad, and the legendary Johnny Griffin among others


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Larry Newcomb Quartet: Live Intentionally!

Read "Live Intentionally!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

New York-based guitarist Larry Newcomb says his latest album was recorded “live"--but don't hold your breath waiting for the sound of applause. As it turns out, the CD was recorded “live" at Tom Tedesco Studios in Paramus, NJ. Using that as a measuring stick, it could be argued that every album is recorded “live" if the ...


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Bria Skonberg: So is the Day

Read "So is the Day" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

It's a rare talent that can straddle--and dare request membership in--the trumpet artist continuum emanating from Louis Armstrong and progressing down through his “Neo Orleans" progeny: Byron Stripling, Wynton Marsalis and Nicholas Payton (whose big band trumpet section Skonberg graces). However, with her bravura performance on So is the Day, Bria Skonberg confirms that she is ...


News: Radio

Breakthru Radio's "The Jazz Hole" Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

New York, NY—BreakThru Radio (BTR) is the world's leading source for the best independent music on the Internet using a unique on-demand programming approach. Three years ago, on February 1st 2009, Linus Wyrsch joined the team of DJs and took over the bi-weekly jazz show “The Jazz Hole." Being a sought-after musician himself in the Big ...


People Music

Label: Random Act Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Garden State, Nostalgia for What Never Was, Parchman Farm, Chavez, Everyday Heroes, Trouble, Humpty Dumpty, Paing By, Cold Duck Time.


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Randy Johnston: People Music

Read "People Music" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Perhaps more than any other musical instrument, the guitarists of today come drenched in the music of highly diverse musical genres. The instrument has been a fulcrum of expression, from folk, country and blues to jazz and rock--with a smidgen of classical thrown into the mix as well. Thinking about it, the task of developing as ...


Article: Profile

Phil DeGreg: Cincinnati Jazz Heavyweight

Read "Phil DeGreg: Cincinnati Jazz Heavyweight" reviewed by Michael Shults

Cincinnati-based pianist Phil DeGreg has made his mark in the jazz world over the past three decades as a recording artist, composer, and pedagogue. An alumnus of the Woody Herman band, DeGreg boasts ten recordings as a leader, and has appeared alongside J.J. Johnson on the legendary trombonist's video Live in Concert (City Hall, 2007). Since ...


Article: Film Review

Randy Johnston: Live at the Smithsonian Jazz Caf

Read "Randy Johnston: Live at the Smithsonian Jazz Caf" reviewed by David Adler

Randy Johnston Randy Johnston: Live at the Smithsonian Jazz Café Mel Bay 2006 Archtop guitarists don't come more highly qualified than Randy Johnston. This live trio date finds him in excellent form, backed by bassist Tom Pietrycha and drummer Tony Leone. After an opening groove-jazz version of Hendrix' ...


Is It You?

Label: HighNote Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: Is It You? Careless Love; Nancy (With the Laughing Face); The Jump Back; Who Can I Turn To; The Jump Through; I Never Knew; I Miss You; My Foolish Heart; Groovy Samba


Article: Album Review

Randy Johnston: Is It You?

Read "Is It You?" reviewed by John Kelman

When most folks think of baby boom generation jazz guitarists, the names that invariably come to mind are Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Bill Frisell, and John Abercrombie. But while these players have all made great strides forward, there's a second string of guitarists who, while moving forward in smaller steps, are equally worthy of attention. This ...


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