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In addition to being one of our greatest American singer- songwriters and film composers, Newman long ago established himself among our sharpest and most caustic wits. Calling his inspired new album The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. I seems like a curiously upbeat and straightforward act for this frequently wry fellow. "Yeah, it's not my style to look ahead with confidence," Newman confesses. "I'm basically asking for it with a title like that. Come to think of it, I could have called it something safer and more horrible like Looking Back At My Life, but I just didn't give it that much thought." If it's not Newman's style to look forward with optimism, it's also not his personal preference to look back, whether in anger or in any other emotion

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ed Cherry, Jim Self, Eric Gloletz & Tawanda

Read "Ed Cherry, Jim Self, Eric Gloletz & Tawanda" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From a gem on the jazz vocalist front, we begin the 787th episode of Neon Jazz with Tawanda. From there, we hear from a major influence on her in Anita O'Day. We also get a host of new tunes to begin 2023 with John Bailey, Eric Goletz, Keith O'Rourke and guitarist Ed Cherry. We finish things ...

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Article: Album Review

Robin Holcomb: One Way or Another - Volume 1

Read "One Way or Another - Volume 1" reviewed by Vic Albani


"Ascoltate attentamente. Abbiamo bisogno di cose come questa." (Bill Frisell) In poco più di trentotto minuti Robin Holcomb distribuisce ancora una volta sapienza e bellezza. Conosco poche persone che comprendono sino in fondo la grandezza di Robin. Alcuni profondi amanti del movimento jazzistico che ha scolpito quello che si potrebbe chiamare il “new ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

May 2022: Music In The Air

Read "May 2022: Music In The Air" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Mark Christian MIller Music In The Air Sliding Jazz Door 2022 Southern California has an embarrassment of jazz vocal riches, of which Mark Christian Miller is a considerable part. A welcome fixture in the Los Angeles area, Miller has released two previous recordings in 2004's Dreamer With A Penney (Sliding Glass ...

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Article: Profile

Johnathan Blake: un batterista ai vertici

Read "Johnathan Blake: un batterista ai vertici" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Accolto tra i lavori migliori dell'anno dalle massime riviste internazionali Homeward Bound, è il quarto disco di Johnathan Blake e il debutto con l'etichetta Blue Note. L'album ha finalmente evidenziato le doti di compositore e leader del 45enne batterista di Philadelphia, figlio del violinista John Blake Jr., noto partner di McCoy Tyner, Archie Shepp, James Newton, ...

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Article: Album Review

Mark Winkler: Old Friends

Read "Old Friends" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The appeal of singer and lyricist Mark Winkler is not that he has an outstanding vocal instrument. Rather, it is uniquely unique; easily identifiable. Winkler has what Broadway composers once called a “lyricist's voice." It is a voice of a song writer that is honest and genuine and that is where Winkler gets to the listener. ...

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Article: Year in Review

Friedrich Kunzmann's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Friedrich Kunzmann's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Coronavirus, lockdown, election recount, fake news, inspector Javert, Hans Gruber and Lord Voldemort. So, now that most of the uncomfortable topics are dealt with, let's get to the joyful part of 2020, namely the music. As is increasingly the case during the course of the 21st century, the year was filled to the brim with it. ...

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Article: Album Review

Skip Heller: Beyond These Hills: The Skip Heller Anthology 2017-20

Read "Beyond These Hills: The Skip Heller Anthology 2017-20" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


In terms of national exposure, Fred “Skip" Heller has always hidden in plain sight. Predominantly known in his native Philadelphia and adopted-native Los Angeles, Heller is a musician / composer / producer of note and has been for twenty years. He deserves wider notice if for no other reason than he shares much in common with ...

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Article: Album Review

Brad Mehldau: Suite: April 2020

Read "Suite: April 2020" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


All great artists rise to the need of the current moment and pianist Brad Mehldau, fully aware of our dire need for some sense of order amid a daily barrage of chaos on all possible fronts, rises with Suite: April 2020 a serene, solo recital recorded while sheltering with his family in their home in Amsterdam. ...

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Article: Album Review

Louise Cappi: Mélange

Read "Mélange" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Vocalist Louise Cappi's recording Mélange is a musical collection of short stories, each cast as uniquely and differently as if they were written by a Mario Vargas Llosa or Gabriel García Márquez. Each selection is carefully curated, right down to the production, to achieve a given end. The title is apt as each of these songs ...


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