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Jimmy Smith: Dot Com Blues

Read "Dot Com Blues" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

He's known as one of the founding jazz fathers of Hammond B-3 organ funk, but Jimmy Smith has always played the blues. Born in December 1928 in a suburb west of Philadelphia, Smith has been performing since he was 12, at that time in a song and dance act with his father. After a stint in ...


Brand New Life

Label: Verve Music Group
Released: 2023
Track listing: You're A Girl For One Man Only; Brand New Life; Come Live With Me; (Interlude); Livin' And Lovin' In My Own Way; Running Game ( Intro); Running Game; Moving Target; Dust; The Windmills Of Your Mind; If It's Magic.


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Brandee Younger: Brand New Life

Read "Brand New Life" reviewed by La-Faithia White

American harpist and composer Brandee Younger fuses hip hop, classical, funk and jazz on Brand New Life. Younger became a Grammy award nominee for her label debut. Brand New Life features new works inspired by her hero, harpist Dorothy Ashby. “You're A Girl For One Man Only" written by Younger and Ashby, has reinterpretations ...


Article: Reassessing

The Easy Way

Read "The Easy Way" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

It is fair to wonder how Jimmy Giuffre would be remembered had he not gone off on to the wilder shores of atonality, collective improvisation, and free jazz with Paul Bley and Steve Swallow in the early 1960s. It is easy to forget that Giuffre was regarded as a rising star, both as a multi-instrumentalist (he ...


Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule

Label: Verve Music Group
Released: 2022
Track listing: Cool Yule; Winter Wonderland (Single Version); I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm; 'Zat You, Santa Claus? (Single Version); Christmas In New Orleans; White Christmas (Single Version); Christmas Night In Harlem (Single Version); Baby, It’s Cold Outside; Moments To Remember; What A Wonderful World; A Visit From St Nicholas.


Article: Reassessing

Momentum Space

Read "Momentum Space" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Momentum Space was released in 1999 on Verve Records. Considering the players--saxophonist Dewey Redman, pianist Cecil Taylor and drummer Elvin Jones--the album didn't make much of a splash. Reviews were mixed, leaning toward the dismissive. Taylor was 70 at the time. Jones was in his early 70s and saxman Redman was in his late ...


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Louis Armstrong: Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule

Read "Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule" reviewed by Chris May

Plenty of jazz fans loathe “holiday" albums, defined as many of them are by cheap sentimentality and fake bonhomie. If the eggnog does not make you retch, the tackily jazzed-up Christmas carols will. But Louis Armstrong's Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule is an exception. Armstrong himself was exceptional. As Duke Ellington observed, ...


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Jeremy Monteiro & Alberto Marsico: Jazz-Blues Brothers

Read "Jazz-Blues Brothers" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

You could go a long time without hearing a keyboard and organ duo. Some may remember an explosive recording featuring Michel Petrucciani and Eddy Louiss, Conference du Presse, recorded live in Paris in 1994. What a treat, hard bop from what might seem an unlikely place. You can find it online. This ...



Label: Verve Music Group
Released: 2020
Track listing: Brahms Lullaby; When It's Sleepy Time Down South; Over The Rainbow; Danny Boy; Going To Sleep; There's No Place Like Home; Lullaby For Iola; Koto Song; All Through The Night; Softly Wlliam Softly; A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes; Briar Bush; Sleep; Summertime; Brahms Lullaby (Reprise).


Love Letter

Label: Verve Music Group
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ballad From Upper Neighbor’s Suite; Left Alone; Inside Your Heart; Fashion Or Passion; Con Alma; Don’t Misunderstand; La Mesha; Don’t Explain.


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