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Rebecca DuMaine: Someday, Something

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It is odd that Rebecca DuMaine should have chosen “Alone Again (Naturally)" to decorate a pandemic-influenced recording. Quite a few musicians have, almost perforce, referred to the circumstances of the Covid months, but this song can be oddly compelling for someone who remembers the contrasting emotional environment in which it was recorded in 1972. It was ...

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Gaetano Letizia: Chartreuse

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True story. There is a very picky, conservatory-trained bassist in the immediate vicinity, visiting from over the pond. She has extremely broad taste in music, but unyielding on fundamentals. Despite a childhood exposure to jazz of all kinds, she literally winces when a lot of big names, living and deceased, pour forth from the speakers. “Chartreuse" ...

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Chris Standring: Wonderful World

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Many years ago, there was a radio station, WJBR, broadcasting from Wilmington, Delaware. The call sign stood for Just Beautiful Radio and that was precisely what you got. No-one called it easy listening or anything like that--it was the early 1960s--but listeners got a predictable dose of Percy Faith, Ray Conniff, Frank Chacksfield, nothing too challenging. ...

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Antonio Adolfo: Jobim Forever

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Really, is there anyone who does not like Antonio Carlos Jobim (Tom)? Antonio Adolfo, the pianist, arranger, and producer behind this wonderful recording, seems to have lived in a parallel universe to many of us. He says, and it rings true, at the age of twelve, Jobim's music was “love at first sight" in Brazil. Well, ...

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Beverley Beirne: Dream Dancer

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Beverley Beirne may not be a familiar name to many American readers. Maybe she should be. While some jazz writers have labelled her a “rising star," the Yorkshire, UK, singer has been around for a decade. Her first recording was entitled, promisingly enough, Jazz Just Wants to Have Fun (Self Produced, 2018). Sometimes ...

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Jane Monheit: Come What May

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Some reviews should be easy, particularly when the artist is established, celebrated, and universally esteemed. Almost anyone interested in contemporary jazz and pop singing knows Jane Monheit. Quoting SFJAZZ directly, “In 1998, Monheit was a finalist at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Vocals Competition, taking second to the late Teri Thornton. She recorded twelve ...

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Linda Lavin: Love Notes

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Linda Lavin has spent a life on stage. If the term “Broadway Legend" means anything, surely it applies to Lavin, whose collection of Tony nominations and awards, critics' prizes, and Golden Globes for her role as “Alice" on television is nothing, if not impressive. Although you may not have followed her career closely, you knew she ...

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Tanya Dennis: White Sails Blue Skies

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Ok. Perhaps you were not a fan of the Netflix smash hit, Narcos. The series was brutal, but it did have its placid moments. Its theme, “Tuyo," performed by the Brazilian singer Narciso Amarante, defined “hypnotic." Netflix, of course, allows viewers to skip repetitive series introductions, but no one skipped “Tuyo." “Where You Are," a Dennis ...

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Dave Flippo: Dedications – Jazz From Planet Flippo

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So, when was the last time you tried to count a Greek and Irish jig in 14/8? Many years ago, the cognoscenti shared Joe Morello's giggle of relief when he and the rest of Dave Brubeck's quartet got through “Unsquare Dance." Dave Flippo, however, is light years beyond 7/4. But odd meter is really not the ...

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The Chris Saunders Band: Dancing With The Widow St. James

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Was there a time in your life when you took off for nowhere in particular, maybe a mild summer's night, rolled down the windows, and just grooved? Chances are you had some primitive form of sound technology that filled a well-worn vehicle with music that just suggested that life was a good thing? Ok, so perhaps ...


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