Sid Gribetz

Sid’s Contributions


December 1999    Briefs

Where Jazz Lives
Sheila Landis/Rick Matle

Here we find Landis singing the usual standards in a pleasing, yet commonplace manner. The album is worth listening to for Landis' jazz spirit, which is especially evident on her original songs. Matle is decent on guitar, and included is a track with Matle...


November 1999    Briefs

Michael Mason

Michael Mason is a first-class flute player who presents differing collaborations in various settings on this disc. The most dynamic are those pieces with a full band orchestration, including the compelling trombone of Steve Berry, the piano of Kirk Brown...


September 1999    Briefs

Lemon Drop
George Rabbai & Co.

George Rabbai is a trumpet player who was a mainstay of Woody Herman's last bands. He plays in a solid mainstream and Dixie vein, but the real joy of this album is his vocalizing, a delicious musician's voice on older song standards, a warm scat touch on...


July/August 1999    Albums

Power Station
Michael Weiss

It's been a long wait for an album led by pianist Michael Weiss, but it's worth waiting for. The 39-year-old Weiss is an excellent pianist who plays bebop and hard-bop lines with elegance and precision. He has a deft touch and swinging rhythmic sense, with...


July/August 1999    Albums

Joey Baron and Barondown

From the opening strains of Baron's sexy, teasing drum shots, Ellery Eskelin's raucous tenor sax, and Steve Swell's gutbucket trombone, you know that this is going to be a fun album. It's free blowing, but with dynamic verve and a sense of whimsy. This unique...


July/August 1999    Albums

On the Edge
John Fedchock New York Big Band

John Fedchock's music exemplifies some of the brighter orchestral writing for the big bands playing around town these days. His harmonies and textures are colorful and always interesting. Furthermore, within the idiom of a modern big band, his music is jaunty...


July/August 1999    Briefs

Drinking from the Golden Cup
John Bickerton Trio

Bickerton is a Canadian-born pianist in his 30s who has been resident in New York City the past several years. This album offers his original compositions in a trio setting that includes bassist Ben Allison and drummer Tim Horner. The pieces are impressionistic...


July/August 1999    Briefs


Interstring is a collaborative group of Kansas City-based musicians: Bob Bowman on bass, two guitars (Danny Embrey and Rod Fleeman), and drummer Todd Strait. Their sonority maximizes the combination of the string instruments, and they are integrated and...


May 1999    Briefs

Everything I Love
Bob Alberti

Pianist Bob Alberti spent many years as musical director for Bob Hope, and with Les Brown's band, until retirement from those posts a few years back. Now living in Hilton Head, he plays mainstream jazz piano in a swinging accessible manner, that is very...


May 1999    Briefs

Lafayette is Here---Solo
Lafayette Harris, Jr.

Pianist Lafayette Harris, Jr. has started his own artist-run record label, Airmen, to record himself, and some friends, and this is its fourth release. Harris, well-educated and refined at the keyboard, has worked as a sideman and leader around New York...


May 1999    Briefs

The Calling
Richard Boulger

Richard Boulger is a trumpeter who plays with a fat sound in the modern tradition. Schooled at Hartt and Rutgers, this is his first recording as a leader, in a small group setting with Kris Jensen on tenor sax and flute, and guest shots from friend Eddie...


May 1999    Briefs

Wild is the Wind
Pucci Amanda Jhones

Pucci Amanda Jhones is a singer with limited range who nevertheless manages to convey emotion and depth with inventive readings of the standard songs on this album. She takes chances with pitch, and with time and beat, to make a compelling presentation that...


May 1999    Albums

It's About Time!
Willie Pickens

Legendary Chicago pianist Willie Pickens hasn't recorded much, so this reissue of 1980s material is a welcome addition. Pickens piano playing is dense and intense, and he builds his performances with textural variations that logically progress and maintain...


May 1999    Albums

How's Your Mother
Les McCann

This live piano trio session captures Les McCann on the cusp of great moments. The recording was made at the Village Vanguard in July 1967, when McCann traveled back east. Already established on the west coast, and with some fine records out on the Pacific...


May 1999    Albums

George Burns!
George Freeman

Guitarist George Freeman, an elder statesman of the Chicago jazz scene and venerable member of the musical Freeman family, gets a rare chance to shine out front on this disc. Freeman gives a rollicking program, full of Chicago fire and his individualistic...


May 1999    Albums

A Standing Eight
Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Reissuing Rahsaan Roland Kirk in the 1990s has a special resonance, and not only because his towering spiritual presence has been somewhat overlooked in the neo-classical revival. With varying degrees of success, jazz artists today are packaged and processed...

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