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12/20/09    Albums

Living The Dream
Chris Tedesco

Over the past few decades, many Los Angeles big bands have made indelible impressions on the jazz scene. Whether they have been traveling or rehearsal bands, or ones that occasionally recorded, big bands led by Mike Barone, Bob Florence, Terry Gibbs, Bill...


12/20/09    Albums

Introducing Sunny And Her Boys
Sunny Crownover/Duke Robillard

I know what the album title says, but it seems that Ms Crownover is really paying homage to the joy girls of the past: Ella Fitzgerald, Maxine Sullivan, Billie Holiday, Ivie Anderson, Helen Humes and Hadda Brooks. With names like that -- not to channel...


11/29/09    Albums

Come And Get It
Judy Carmichael

Just who is the real Judy Carmichael? The host of Public Radio's "Jazz Inspired" for the past 15 years? The first jazz musician sent by our government to tour China? Grammy nominee? Author of two books on stride piano? The one Count Basie nicknamed "Stride...


11/29/09    Albums

The Second Time Around
Denise Perrier

This album is well-named; it marks Denise Perrier's fourth CD and the second time around with tenorist Houston Person. Ms Perrier is also well-named. Her singing style is bubbly and her personality always sparkles. (I must thank Alisa Clancy, of KCSM, Jazz91...


11/28/09    Albums

Velvet Tango
Harry Bacharach

According to an article in Cleveland Scene , Harry Bacharach has a secure day gig at On The Rise Bakery where many local jazz cats and members of the Cleveland Orchestra like to hang out. So what's a nice, Jewish singer/pianist doing in the Velvet Tango...


11/22/09    Albums

Finally, Ron
Ron Hockett Quintet

Ron Hockett began playing clarinet as a fourth-grader in his native Evanston, Ill. For three decades he played and recorded (always as a sideman) around D.C. while holding on to his day gig with the U.S. Marine Band as a saxophonist; and diligently refined...


11/20/09    Albums

Burt Bacharach Songbook
Carol Duboc Featuring Hubert Laws

Pianist Jimmy Rowles once famously remarked, "Burt Bacharach's tunes sound like third alto parts." Well, don't try to sell singer Carol Duboc on that notion. Based on the effort she expended on her latest album, she's quite comfortable with the songwriter...


11/20/09    Albums

Golden Earrings
Joe Beck/Laura Theodore

There isn't another jazz singer on the planet who sounds like Laura Theodore. Just another way of saying she's a bona fide original. The same can be said of guitarist Joe Beck: many guitarists play and swing like he does, but his sound remains distinctive...


11/20/09    Albums

Gypsy Rendezvous, Vol. 1
Les DeMerle

If you don't take this initial volume of Gypsy jazz (a sequel implied?) too seriously, you can enjoy it as a relaxed, happy session of new and old friends: drummer/singer Les DeMerle and his wife, singer/ percussionist Bonnie Eisele, backed by the house...


11/08/09    Albums

Alison Burns & Martin Taylor

Ms Burns has a clear, beautiful voice; guitarist Taylor is one of jazzdom's rising stars; the 14 tracks include well-known pop tunes plus some standards and rare gems; yet the project will not appeal to jazz lovers. This, in spite of advanced promotion hailing...


11/08/09    Albums

Doin' The Voom Voom
Duke Heitger & Bernd Lhotzky

When an opportunity arose last summer for Arbors' owner Mat Domby to produce Ohio-born trumpeter Duke Heitger, and Bavarian native, pianist Bernd Lhotzky on the latter's turf, Domber flew to Bavaria to engineer the session. It proved to be so relaxed and...


11/08/09    Albums

Me, Marsalis, & Monk
Whitney Marchelle

Intriguing title, but it's not a 3M trio: Marsalis is represented by an arrangement of one of his originals; three of the ten songs were written by Monk. The notes are vague, but then the sound seems uneven, having been engineered at five disparate venues...


09/19/09    Albums

With the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band
Dave Siebels

No matter how he spells his organization's name, Gordon Goodwin always delivers. His big phat phranchise has managed to outsell the many Los Angeles-area rehearsal bands that, ironically, include some of Goodwin's sidemen. Good marketing? To some extent...


09/16/09    Albums

Well, Alright!
Nancy Kelly

The best things in life, and jazz, happen spontaneously. Which brings us directly to Ms Kelly, who again has teamed up with tenorist Houston Person. They collaborated in '06 on Born to Swing ; now their unique rapport graces a fledgling label in Bellevue...


09/14/09    Albums

Flying Tigers
Lalo Schifrin

This newly released album has a history reaching back to 1976, leading to some doubt about the identity of the players; but there is little doubt Lalo was conducting them. '76 was an exhausting year for him: scores for movies like "The Fox," Voyage of the...

09/13/09    Albums

Good Morning, Geek
Portland Jazz Orchestra

Portland, Oregon, lays claim to institutions that have contributed mightily to jazzdom: the Portland Jazz Festival; the Jazz Studies program at Portland State University; and the Portland Jazz Orchestra. Linking all three, another institution…arranger-composer...

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