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Darden Purcell: Love's Got Me in a Lazy Mood

Read "Love's Got Me in a Lazy Mood" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Darden Purcell's album Love's Got Me In A Lazy Mood (OA2 Records, 2023) shows her keen ear for the subtleties and nuances which define the West Coast cool jazz vocal sound. Purcell's album comprises eleven tracks which blend the laid-back, sophisticated rhythms and melodic inventiveness that characterize the style with beautiful singing and nimble playing.


Love's Got Me in a Lazy Mood

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Willow Weep for Me; Love’s Got Me in a Lazy Mood; Come Back to Me; It’s a Most Unusual Day; I Concentrate on You; A Cottage for Sale; Estrada Branca (This Happy Madness); Chatterbox; Estate; Taking a Chance on Love; You’ve Changed.


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Willow Weep for Me

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 06:37


Article: Album Review

Shawn Purcell: Symmetricity

Read "Symmetricity" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Guitarist Shawn Purcell has enjoyed a busy career with 15 years as a member of the military Big Bands in Washington DC. From 1996-2004, he was the guitarist in the US Air Force premier jazz ensemble, The Airmen of Note. During his time with “The Note," Purcell performed throughout the world, including England, Germany, Turkey, Luxembourg, ...


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Christian De Mesones And Special Guest Debora Galan Unveil An Album And New Jazz Genre At Blues Alley

Christian De Mesones And Special Guest Debora Galan  Unveil An Album And New Jazz Genre At Blues Alley

On Wednesday, July 10, genre-busting bassist / composer Christian de Mesones and special guest Debora Galan will bring the slow burn and endless rhythmic possibilities of Latin jazz into the realm of Smooth Jazz—and onto the Blues Alley stage, presenting music from their forthcoming album. Titled They Call Me Big New York, the recording fuses the ...


News: Performance / Tour

Brazilian Saxophonist Michel Nirenberg Announces Fall 2018 U.S. Tour

Brazilian Saxophonist Michel Nirenberg Announces Fall 2018 U.S. Tour

Brazilian saxophonist and composer Michel Nirenberg launches his third U.S. tour in October. With his programs of Brazilian jazz and instrumental music reflecting the fascinating history of Brazil and the rich mix of cultures feeding into its music, Nirenberg serves as an able ambassador to bring this entrancing music to America audiences. The tour begins on ...


Vital Frequencies featuring Chris Potter

Label: Bonecat
Released: 2016
Track listing: 1. Treachery 2. Inexorable 3. Home 4. To the TOP 5. Anxiously Awaiting 6. I Love You 7. My One and only Love 8. The Happy Dance 9. Que Tenga Sabor 10. Vital Frequencies


Article: Album Review

Joshua Bayer Jazz: Six By Five

Read "Six By Five" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Joshua Bayer can't be called a prolific artist in terms of CD releases. The bassist/guitarist has offered up only two previous albums this millennium: Lines and Grooves (Jazzhead Records, 2003) and New Voice: Old Voice (Self Produced, 2006). Both sets grooved nicely, lively mainstream quartet sets, with a saxophone out front riding the waves of surging ...


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