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The songs of the late English bandleader and composer, Ray Noble, are very much of the type for which many take a historical look backwards in saying, "They don't write songs like that -anymore." And without denigrating the wonderful output of songwriters of today, songs like those in Noble's amazing catalog are simply not being written today. The coterie of classic songs, included the enduring, "The Very Thought Of You," "The Touch Of Your Lips," “Love Is The Sweetest Thing" and "I Hadn't Anyone 'Til You," the latter highly popularized by the famed Tommy Dorsey Band in the late '30s

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Article: Live Review

Emmet Cohen Trio At Gates Concert Hall

Read "Emmet Cohen Trio At Gates Concert Hall" reviewed by Steven Roby


Emmet Cohen Trio June Swaner Gates Concert Hall Denver, CO February 3, 2024 Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night will keep Emmet Cohen fans from coming out to see him and his trio perform in concert. That was the case last Saturday night at the Newman ...

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Article: Album Review

Claire Daly: VuVu for Frances

Read "VuVu for Frances" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Claire Daly, whose gruff yet eloquent baritone sax has brightened the New York scene for almost four decades, reunites with acclaimed tenor saxophonist George Garzone on Daly's seventh album as leader, VuVu for Frances, whose honoree is Frances Ballantyne, described by Daly as “a profound influence on [her] life" and “a consummate New Yorker." Daly and ...

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Article: Album Review

Trespass Trio featuring Susana Santos Silva: Live in Oslo

Read "Live in Oslo" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Adding Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva to Swedish saxophonist Martin Küchen's Trespass Trio for the 2018 Blowout Festival in Oslo, Norway was “a no-brainer." The inclusion of her trumpet, which features in ensembles led by Mats Gustafsson, Fred Frith, and Torbjörn Zetterberg, to name but a few, requires little or no thought. It is as if ...

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News: Recording

Tulio Araujo releases his sixth album Awerejê, merging his Brazilian Pandeiro with modern arrangements of Jazz standards

Tulio Araujo releases his sixth album Awerejê, merging his Brazilian Pandeiro with modern arrangements of Jazz standards

Brazilian percussionist Tulio Araujo, known by his dedication to the Pandeiro, just released the sixth album of his career. Different than the previous recordings, based on his originals, this time he focused on special arrangements of Jazz standards. Awerejê is a Brazilian indigenous word from Tupi Guarani language branch that means fusion, blending. No other concept ...

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Article: Album Review

Douyé: The Golden Sèkèrè

Read "The Golden Sèkèrè" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Nigerian-born singer Douye has integrated the essence of Western jazz with the polyrhythmic sounds of African percussion. In doing so, she has spun the incomparable musical and lyrical genius of The Great American Songbook off its axis. These precious standards have been rearranged and reimagined hundreds if not thousands of times over the years. Douye was ...

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Article: Album Review

The Las Vegas Boneheads: Sixty and Still Cookin'

Read "Sixty and Still Cookin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers


There aren't many albums a listener might care to revisit again immediately after an initial spin. This is one of them. The Las Vegas Boneheads, a trombone-and-rhythm nonet formed by Abe Nole in 1962, marked their sixtieth(!) anniversary by recording Sixty and Still Cookin', an album that more than lives up to its name while presenting ...

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Article: In the Artist's Own Words

Not Like Before: Michael Robinson's Jazz Without Borders

Read "Not Like Before: Michael Robinson's Jazz Without Borders" reviewed by Michael Robinson


Playing my personal vision of jazz, claiming that name as part of my heritage, I endeavor feeling the rhythms of life in the present, past and future, entering into them through touch and nuance at the piano, connecting rajas, sattva and tamas; circular movement, cohesion and disintegration. I've been fortunate to know masters of improvised ...

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Article: Album Review

Jimmy Branly: The Meeting

Read "The Meeting" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


There are decades when nothing happens, said Lenin, and weeks when decades happen. There have been far too many weeks in the three years since 2019 when decades went by. Looking for stability in the midst of madness may be a fool's errand, but it is for just such instances that recordings like The Meeting are ...

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Article: Album Review

Jimmy Branly Trio: The Meeting

Read "The Meeting" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Patience is a commodity which musicians generally have in an unlimited supply because the path from being an unknown musician to a known musician is long and filled with twists and turns, with no guarantee of arriving at a predicted destination. Drummer Jimmy Branly began that journey in his native Cuba and, along the way, recorded ...


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