Mike Joyce

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08/04/12    Albums

Unlock Your Mind
The Soul Rebels

Some New Orleans brass bands have tradition on their side, and some have youth, audacity and seemingly boundless energy. The Soul Rebels fall into the latter category, reveling in a party mix of funk, jazz, pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, rap, dance hall, bounce...

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07/25/12    Albums

Les Paul Trio & Friends: A Jazz Tribute to Les
Various Artists

Thanks to many memorable Monday nights, Manhattan’s Iridium is widely known as the house that Les Paul built. So it’s not surprising that the club should launch its new recording label with a tribute to the late guitar legend. And, of course, it’s only fitting...

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07/02/12    Albums

Unriched
Harold Danko

After a recent recording date, saxophonist Rich Perry’s rhythm section took a sort of busman’s holiday and cut a trio session—hence the clever title. With additional studio time available, pianist Harold Danko, bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Jeff Hirshfield...

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06/22/12    Albums

Wobble Walkin'
The Duke Robillard Jazz Trio

Meet the new boss: guitarist Duke Robillard, heading up his own record label after distinguishing himself on numerous others. It’s likely to be a good career move, at least artistically, judging from this playful, soulful and swinging mix of original tunes...

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06/21/12    Albums

All Ballads and a Bossa
Royce Campbell

Last April, when Royce Campbell took part in a Smithsonian-sponsored tribute to Wes Montgomery in the nation’s capital, the veteran guitarist paused a moment to explain how much delight he derives from playing ballads. Lest anyone doubt it, his performances...

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06/01/12    Albums

Continuum
The Clare Fischer Big Band

There are big bands and then there are big bands driven by big ideas. What set the Clare Fischer Big Band apart was the extraordinary, expansive, multifaceted arrangements and compositions created by the ensemble’s late namesake throughout his career, a...

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05/28/12    Albums

Breaking the Waves
LeeAnn Ledgerwood

On the face of it, Breaking the Waves is a trio recording that derives much of its appeal from the support pianist LeeAnn Ledgerwood receives from bassist Ron McClure and drummer Nasheet Waits. But in a sense, this CD is also something of a one-composer...

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05/26/12    Albums

Challis in Wonderland
Bucky Pizzarelli

This may be a more urbane offering than guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli’s recent Western swing forays, but it’s no less charming in its own way, with and without strings attached. The CD’s title refers to renowned early jazz arranger Bill Challis, best known...

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05/24/12    Albums

Fractals
Rick Stone Trio

The late composer Jerome Kern had a hand in making guitarist Rick Stone’s Fractals a postbop treat. First, there’s the album’s title track, a vibrant, angular reconfiguring of “All the Things You Are” that swings despite its abstract designs. Then there’s...

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05/23/12    Albums

The L.A. Sessions
Mark Sherman

If vibraphonist Mark Sherman sounds thoroughly relaxed yet engaged on this quartet offering, consider the company he’s keeping: guitarist John Chiodini, drummer Charles Ruggiero and keyboardist Bill Cunliffe, this time around on Hammond B3 organ. Of course...

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05/10/12    Albums

Echoes of Indiana Avenue
Wes Montgomery

Imagine an episode of History Detectives , the popular PBS program, devoted to examining a recently discovered stash of seminal recordings by the late jazz great Wes Montgomery. The provenance? The players? The circumstances? The guitars? Those are just...

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04/24/12    Albums

Live at Bird's Eye
Hendrik Meurkens

“I’ll grab the harmonica, you haul the vibraphone.” No doubt multi-instrumentalist Hendrik Meurkens has offered that suggestion or something akin to it following a concert in which he demonstrated his mastery of instruments alternately compact and cumbersome—concerts...

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04/23/12    Albums

Triple Play Plus Three
Bill O'Connell

Apparently pianist Bill O’Connell can’t get enough of the reconfigured trio format he explored on his 2008 release Triple Play , a bass-less session with conguero Richie Flores and flutist Dave Valentin. On Triple Play Plus Three , Flores and Valentin join...

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04/04/12    Albums

Live at Smalls
Bernstein/ Goldings/ Stewart

The organ-trio tradition continues

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03/25/12    Albums

Listen Here
Vic Juris

The title of this trio date extends an invitation that fans of organ combos shouldn’t pass up. But it also offers a clue as to what rewards await listeners. The album’s title track, after all, is an Eddie Harris classic that demands a soulful performance...

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03/22/12    Albums

Speak to Me
Marc Copland/John Abercrombie

The arrival of this superb collection of duets from pianist Marc Copland and guitarist John Abercrombie isn’t exactly surprising, given the unmistakable compatibility they’ve demonstrated in other settings. But that doesn’t make the CD’s nine performances...

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