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Bernie Dresel: The Pugilist

Read "The Pugilist" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Jack Bowers, All About Jazz's large ensemble authority, previously considered this entire recording, The Pugilist, remarking that ..."if swing is your thing, you've come to the right place, as that is what Dresel and his elite group of sun-baked sidemen (and two women) do best and most often." One of the elements that ensures “swing" is ...

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The Relay: The Relay

Read "The Relay" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Artistic cooperation and cohesion are evident from the first notes of The Relay's eponymous debut. With saxophonist Dan Pratt's “Four for," the composer and pianist Michael Eckroth— this quartet's co-leaders—sync up with a bright and fragmented melody line which seeds overlapping solos that sprout when bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Allan Mednard enter the picture. Referencing ...

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Allen Lowe: A Love Supine: Ascension into the Maelstrom

Read "A Love Supine: Ascension into the Maelstrom" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


There is an exhaustive property to the body of Allen Lowe's work. Composer, saxophonist, sporadic guitarist who composes on piano, and the author of several noteworthy music histories, he has released nearly two dozen albums. Lowe is a member of the quartet East Axis with Matthew Shipp, Gerald Cleaver, and Kevin Ray. A Love Supine: Ascension ...

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Adrianne Duncan: Gemini

Read "Gemini" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


It started out for Adrianne Duncan with classical piano. Then—as it happens so often—she fell in with a jazz crowd. On her Gemini, the vocalist/pianist/composer proves herself an adept and compelling artist in the jazz genre, one who isn't afraid to take some chances. And she has a way with words, penning lyrics in an off-the-beaten-path ...

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Los Angeles-Based Pianist, Vocalist And Composer Adrianne Duncan Offers Songs Beautiful And Broad In Scope, Leading A Top-Shelf Ensemble On New Album 'Gemini'

Los Angeles-Based Pianist, Vocalist And Composer Adrianne Duncan Offers Songs Beautiful And Broad In Scope, Leading A Top-Shelf Ensemble On New Album 'Gemini'

In honing her own creative voice as a jazz pianist, singer and songwriter, Adrianne Duncan also discovered the ideal way to present it: with the devoted group of musicians and friends heard on her inspired recording Gemini. The versatile rhythm section features Duncan on piano with Dan Lutz on acoustic and electric bass and Jimmy Branly, ...

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Victor Gould: In Our Time

Read "In Our Time" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Over the course of his first endearing works, 2016's stunning, NPR Debut Of The Year Clockwork (New Fresh Sounds), Earthlings (Criss Cross, 2018) and the lush Thoughts Become Things (Criss Cross, 2019), pianist/composer Victor Gould has exhibited a relaxed romanticism, an unerring lilt to his music. A warm empathy that draws you into the joyful, reflective ...

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Michael Waldrop: Time Frames

Read "Time Frames" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


While percussionist Michael Waldrop's previous work under the umbrella of the Origin imprint was firmly set in the jazz camp, with a pair of big band bonanzas and a magnetic trio date to his name and credit, this set typically moves beyond those borders, often offering an intriguing world music slant on contemporary classical percussion. Highlighting ...

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Introducing The Explosive New Album 'Solace' By The Dave Mullen Ensemble

Introducing The Explosive New Album 'Solace' By The Dave Mullen Ensemble

NYC-based saxophonist Dave Mullen releases his long-awaited new album The Dave Mullen Ensemble Solace on Mullsoul Music Records that features inspired performances by pianist Jon Cowherd, bassist Hans Glawischnig, drummer E.J. Strickland, and trumpeter Jim Seeley. An album of healing, heartfelt jazz dedicated to some of the music’s most iconic voices such as John Coltrane, Duke ...

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Bob Holz: Live in New York & L.A.

Read "Live in New York & L.A." reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


While Live in New York & L.A. is a split-scene production crossing coasts, spanning several years and utilizing different personnel lists, it offers a cohesive playlist. Not surprisingly, Bob Holz ties everything together with his kit and charisma. Mixing standards and originals to good effect, this Berklee-trained drummer, who previously worked with everybody from guitarist Larry ...

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Bob Holz Releases Live Album With Former Members Of Spyro Gyra And Blood Sweat And Tears

Bob Holz Releases Live Album With Former Members Of Spyro Gyra And Blood Sweat And Tears

Jazz fusion artist Bob Holz is back with a power house live album featuring a star studded lineup of high profile players. The title is Bob Holz Live In New York and L.A. and was released on MVD Audio in early 2021. This album matches up top flight instrumental and vocal performances as Bob Holz covers ...


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