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Article: Album Review

Ian Shaw & Tony Kofi: An Adventurous Dream (At PizzaExpress Live In London)

Read "An Adventurous Dream (At PizzaExpress Live In London)" reviewed by Chris May

The trouble with live albums recorded in venues that are, essentially, eateries, is that the musicians may have to go large to grab the audience's attention, sometimes too large for the material which they are performing. This is abundantly the case with An Adventurous Dream (At PizzaExpress Live In London): The Music Of Billy Strayhorn And ...


Article: Live Review

Veronica Swift at the Newman Center

Read "Veronica Swift at the Newman Center" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Veronica Swift Newman Center Denver, CO November 19, 2021 I don't know about you, but I love to watch pigeonholes explode. Not with pigeons in them of course, that would be too messy. No, the fun stuff is when those small boxes that the human mind loves to construct turn out ...


News: Video / DVD

Shirley Bassey: History Repeating

Shirley Bassey: History Repeating

In 1997, the British electronic duo The Propellerheads recorded and performed History Repeating with Shirley Bassey. The single reached #1 hit on the U.K. Indie Chart and #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart, Dame Shirley's first top-10 hit on any U.S. chart since 1973's Never Never Never. According to Bassey, Alex Gifford, half the ...


News: TV / Film

Documentary: Dame Shirley Bassey

Documentary: Dame Shirley Bassey

Most Americans know Shirley Bassey only from her three brassy James Bond film themes—Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker. In the U.K., Dame Shirley was enormously popular from the late 1950s on. She delivered on stage the way Judy Garland did, belted songs out the way Barbra Streisand did and was as coy and as intriguing ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 7

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 7" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The immuno-booster series continues, and confirms its wide-ranging nature. In this seventh installment the selections range from Stevie Wonder to Mahalia Jackson, passing through Myra Melford, Lyle Mays, Bill Frisell, Charlie Haden, John Coltrane, The Weather Report and Lea Bertucci, who surprisingly seems to take off where Jacobus Gallus left a few hundred years earlier. Mina ...


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Take Five with Monika Hoffman

Read "Take Five with Monika Hoffman" reviewed by Monika Hoffman

Meet Monika Hoffman A Swedish singer with Hungarian-German roots, Monika Hoffman studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she performed with the likes of Michael Brecker and Charlie Haden. Back in Europe, her latin vocal jazz album Let's Run Away featured Cuban-American saxophone legend Paquito D'Rivera and she now presents its follow up--Ten Muses. ...


Article: Live Review

Esperanza Spalding presents: Emily's D+Evolution at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

Read "Esperanza Spalding presents: Emily's D+Evolution at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Esperanza Spalding presents: Emily's D+Evolution Tilles Center for the Performing Arts Brookville, NY April 10, 2016 Esperanza Spalding doesn't want anybody to fence her in. She's never said it so bluntly, but she doesn't have to: Her music says it for her. During a seventy-five minute staging of Emily's D+Evolution ...


Article: Album Review

Natasha Agrama: The Heart Of Infinite Change

Read "The Heart Of Infinite Change" reviewed by Walter Atkins

The Heart Of Infinite Change (Roxboro Entertainment Group), the debut album from songwriter/vocalist Natasha Agrama is an intriguing ten-track mix of original compositions and impeccable jazz standards. The album consists of 3 songs with music and lyrics by Agrama, plus one each by Joni Mitchell and Osho with additional lyrics. The balance comes from personalized arrangements ...


Article: Album Review

Kai Hoffman: Do It While You Can

Read "Do It While You Can" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The visual image, the cover design and the positivity of the album title--Do It While You Can--all point in the general direction of a Good Time about to be had. Singer (and French horn player) Kai Hoffman ensures that a good time is exactly what's on offer, crafting a set of songs that makes the most ...


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