David Franklin

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September 2006    Saxophonics

Eric Person

Subtitled The Best of Collection, Reflections consists mostly of tracks from altoist/sopranoist Eric Person’s recordings released between 1993 and 2003 (unfortunately, the notes do not indicate which album a given track comes from). The CD does, however...


September 2006    Saxophonics

Down the Line
David Sills

Tenorist David Sills, despite being in his mid-30s, could pass for a Lester Young disciple of the late 1940s or 1950s. Not that he sounds like any one Young follower in particular, as he possesses a personal tone and constructs his solos in a distinctive...


September 2006    Saxophonics

Walkin' With the Wazmo
Jerry Vivino

Walkin’ With the Wazmo is an eclectic and entertaining album by the versatile tenorist currently appearing in the house band for Late Night With Conan O’Brien. Jerry Vivino lists his passions as “Jazz and R&B” with acknowledged saxophone influences including...


September 2006    Saxophonics

About the Soul
Ed Wiley Jr.

The Houston-raised Ed Wiley Jr. was born into the Texas-tenor style made popular by such fellow Houstonians as Arnett Cobb and Illinois Jacquet. His soulful horn had graced numerous rhythm ’n’ blues bands by 1950 when he had a hit of his own with “Cry, Cry...


July/August 2006    Albums

Flute Vibes
Gerald Beckett

San Francisco flutist Gerald Beckett’s third artist-produced album showcases his various flutes and piccolo in a set of imaginative arrangements of tunes by well-known jazz composers. In addition to his own title piece and one tune by bandmate Graham Bruce...


July/August 2006    Albums

Minor Miracle
Holly Hofmann

Holly Hofmann possesses one of the most exquisite flute tones in jazz. She also demonstrates a sure technique, inventive ideas, a secure sense of swing and a broad emotional range. Put her with some of the best practitioners of their own instruments—husband...


July/August 2006    Albums

Instant Groove
Bobby Lewis

Longtime Chicago trumpeter-flugelhornist Bobby Lewis enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a lyrical and swinging soloist, and his eighth CD reinforces that assessment. With a third of the album’s tunes from the pens of such wonderfully melodic composers...


July/August 2006    Albums

Matthias Lupri

On his fifth CD, vibraphonist Matthias Lupri continues to expand the tonal potential of his instrument through unorthodox electronic manipulations. To begin the album, for example, he uses a violin bow on his vibes, the result of which is then “reversed...


July/August 2006    Albums

Baby Won't You Please Come Home
Redwine Trio

With a master’s degree in clarinet, Ben Redwine plays the E-flat version in the United States Naval Academy band in Annapolis, Md., and baritone saxophone in the institution’s jazz band. He also leads popular traditional jazz groups of his own in the Washington...


June 2006    Saxophonics

Monsters in the Night
Greg Abate Quintet

The fact that the titles of Greg Abate’s tunes on Monsters in the Night reference famous horror movies or stories does not mean they are all programmatic in nature. Indeed, while “Pentagram, the Wolfman” is certainly atmospheric and features some high-register...


June 2006    Saxophonics

Hey, Look Me Over
The Harry Allen-Joe Cohn Quartet

Harry Allen straddles the divide between the swing and Four Brothers traditions of tenor playing. On the blazing Charlie Christian-Benny Goodman tune “Seven Come Eleven,” Allen blows fiercely in the tradition of, say, Illinois Jacquet. But on the uptempo...


June 2006    Saxophonics

Happy Time
Francesco Cafiso

Francesco Cafiso is the 16-year-old Sicilian-born alto- saxophone virtuoso who has been causing the likes of legendary altoist Phil Woods and veteran critic Ira Gitler to marvel at his astonishing abilities. On Happy Time, he once again displays the beautiful...


June 2006    Saxophonics

Infinite Gallodoro
Al Gallodoro

Al Gallodoro has been one of the world’s leading saxophone (and woodwinds) virtuosos since the early 1930s when he joined Isham Jones and went on to become a longtime star soloist with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. He also played under such classical-music...


June 2006    Saxophonics

Plays the Arthur Schwartz Songbook
Herb Geller

Herb Geller won the Down Beat critics’ poll as new star on alto in 1955. Highly visible during the 1950s with well-known West Coast bands as well as groups of his own, he was known for a virile style that featured a full, even tone throughout the instrument’s...


June 2006    Saxophonics

Ted Hogarth Collective

Ted Hogarth is a Chicago-based saxophonist and clarinetist who plays with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble (founded by Bill Russo) and Rob Parton’s JazzTech Big Band and holds a master’s degree in jazz composition. His Ted Hogarth Collective is a sextet that includes...


June 2006    Saxophonics

Everything I Love
Bill Kirchner

Bill Kirchner’s appealing Everything I Love features novel instrumentation, first-class material and superior playing. Sopranoist Kirchner, accordionist-vocalist Eddie Monteiro and drummer Ron Vincent generate, thanks to the MIDI attachment on Monteiro’s...

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