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Just Passing Thru

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2021
Track listing: Hear My Words; Living Room Blues; Killing Me Softly; Just Passing Thru; Donny’s Groove; A Man of Few Words; 7/9/65; Railroaded; Ireland

Watershed

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2020
Track listing: Rio Escuro; Kobe; Taste of Honey; Brazilian Hug; Mystified; Wally; The Kicker; Waltz New; Cisco; Dreamsville; Charlotte; The Hang.

Earth

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2020
Track listing: Earth Theme; Bass Interlude; Volcano/Avalanche; Percussion Flute Interlude; The Sahara; Soprano Interlude; Gand Canyon/Mt. Everest; Drum Interlude; Concrete Jungle; Piano Interlude; Dust to Dust; Wind Synth Interlude; Galaxy; Earth Theme.

Jim Robitaille Trio Space Cycles

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2020
Track listing: Natural Selection Transitions When We Passed Space Cycles Baubles, Bangles and Beads February 12th Nocturne Never Never Land Here, There and Everywhere Chance Meeting

Christmas Is: December Duets

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2020
Track listing: Cool Yule; The Christmas Song; The Holiday Song; Our First Christmas; Blue Christmas; Christmas Is...; I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (From "On the Avenue"); A Christmas Love Song; Snowfall; Winter Wonderland.

Excursions and Adventures

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2020
Track listing: Nothing From Nothing; Maria; Gone, Not Forgotten; Paint It Black; Trinkle Tinkle; Unconditional Love; Messiaen's Gumbo; Yours Is My Heart Alone; Samsara; Yo 11; Paint It Black.

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Mike Renzi with Jim Porcella: Christmas Is: December Duets

Read "Christmas Is: December Duets" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Now here's some music to cozy up to. You can almost feel the warmth of a fire place, smell some spruce and pine, see the falling snowflakes and taste the heaven of hot chocolate in these sounds. Master pianist Mike Renzi, a septuagenarian mainstay of the vocal community whose work has supported everyone from Mel Torme ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John Stein: Watershed

Read "Watershed" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

As his eleventh release on the label, Watershed continues the elegant and blissful creative marriage between guitarist John Stein and Whaling City Sound. A good marriage is based in compromise, in accommodating give-and-take, and Stein's give-and-take with this rhythm section of bassist Frank Herzberg, drummer Zé Eduardo Nazario and pianist Daniel Grajew creates beautiful, delightful music. ...

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Greg Murphy

Chicago native Greg Murphy has been a major contributor to the New York City jazz scene since the 1980s and he’s probably best known for his twenty-two year association with John Coltrane’s multidirectional drummer, Rashied Ali. Greg began his musical adventures in 1971 when he joined the Ray-Fisk Grammar School Band in Chicago. His classical studies began later that year with Lucia Santini at Roosevelt University. Between 1980 and 1984, he played with the jazz/funk band Lightning Flash Thunder Roar, The University of Illinois at Chicago Big Band, The Northern Illinois University Big Band, and other local Chicago bands. A jazz study grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1984 gave Greg the opportunity to go to New Orleans and study with the eminent pianist and jazz educator, Ellis Marsalis

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Dave Liebman: Earth

Read "Earth" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

When saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Dave Liebman groks a musical vision, he dreams big and deep. “In the late 1990s," Liebman recalls, “I embarked on a project to musically depict manifestations of the four natural elements. In 1997 I recorded Water with Pat Metheny, Billy Hart and Cecil McBee; in 2006, I did Air with the ...


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