Nancy Ann Lee

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January/February 2001    Albums

Some of My Best Friends Are the Trumpet Players
Ray Brown

The CD series featuring the Ray Brown Trio with various buddies (thus far, pianists, saxes, singers) salutes trumpeters on Some of My Best Friends Are... The Trumpet Players. With this version of his trio featuring pianist Geoff Keezer and drummer Karriem...


January/February 2001    Albums

Avishai Cohen

On Colors, Avishai Cohen leads an expansive session of 13 originals featuring his septet with guest percussionists and a string quartet. Although this third album is more a showcase for his writing-arranging skills, Cohen excels compatibly on acoustic and...


January/February 2001    Albums

For Adults Only
Joris Teepe Quintet

Led by Dutch-born bassist Joris Teepe, For Adults Only captures a live performance at Smalls in N.Y.C. His smokin' intergenerational team features notables Don Braden (soprano/tenor sax), Chris Potter (soprano/alto/tenor sax), pianist David Hazeltine and...


January/February 2001    Albums

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Rodney Whitaker

Rodney Whitaker's Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow features fellow Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra musicians whose familiarity from months of touring together pays off on these 12 tracks. Whitaker's writing skills provide potential new standards, especially his...


December 2000    Albums

The Great Composers of Jazz
David Benoit/Greg Bissonette/Brian Bromberg

The newly formed Vertical Jazz Records debuts with an attractive, six-CD series of straightahead trio, quartet and quintet recordings showcasing top West Coast jazz artists, many of whom had never recorded together before. Because these musicians have leaned...


November 2000    Albums

Subtle Touch
Darryl Hall

Bassist Darryl Hall has assembled a flexible team for his debut CD, featuring soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome, violinist Megumi Okura, pianist Jim Ridl and drummer Steve Hass. In settings from duo to quartet, these sure-handed players interpret Hall's eight...


November 2000    Albums

Gary Burton

Although vibraphonist Gary Burton's performing career includes jazz stints with George Shearing, Stan Getz, Chick Corea and others, he also toured and recorded with composer-bandoneon player Astor Piazzolla's New Tango Quintet in the 1980s. The latter experience...


November 2000    Albums

Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival
Lynne Arriale Trio

Pianist Lynne Arriale has come a long way since completing master studies in classical piano at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and making the shift to jazz about eight years ago. On her sixth album, a dramatic eight-tune set recorded live with drummer...


September 2000    Albums

Andrew Adair

Pianist-vocalist Andrew Adair nods to various U. S. locales on this dazzling 10-tune tribute to American popular song. Collectively and individually, he and colleagues John Ellis (tenor sax), Mike DiRubbo (alto sax) and Erik Jekabson (trumpet) have lots...


September 2000    Albums

Leeann Ledgerwood Trio

Expressive pianist LeeAnn Ledgerwood leads her hard-swinging trio through nine adventurous standards and originals. Joining here are bassist Matt Penman and drummer Jaz Sawyer, cohesive cohorts from a working unit that evolved through lighthearted musicmaking...


September 2000    Albums

Jan Leder

On her second CD, classically trained New York flutist Jan Leder displays potent jazz feeling and an instinctive knack for writing fetching originals (some with lyrics) that elicit the best from her musicians. Pianist Jon Davis, guitarist Mark McCarron...


July/August 2000    Albums

Big Blue Line
Lily White

Talented saxophonist Lily White delivers a cool-toned mixture of 12 free bop, fusion and rock-influenced originals that spotlight her alto, tenor and soprano musings. She's supported by guitarist David Phelps, pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, bassist Chris...


July/August 2000    Albums

3 Purple Circles
Misako Kano

On the nine tunes of her third CD, pianist Misako Kano demonstrates an authoritative, adaptable style that shimmers with technical virtuosity, power, vibrancy and exhilaration. Her five originals provide exceptional listening and distinguish her has a cunning...


July/August 2000    Books

Swing Shift: All-Girl Bands of the 1940s
Sherrie Tucker

It takes awhile to assimilate this well-researched but uneven book about female musicians who took advantage of expanded opportunities induced by World War II. Titled in part after “swing shift Maisies,” a slang term for substitutes for the real workers...


June 2000    Albums

Actual Size
Peggy Stern

Drawing from early experiences with R&B and Afro-Cuban bands, as well as collaborations with saxophonists Lee Konitz and the late Thomas Chapin, classically-trained pianist Peggy Stern crafts an all-encompassing session of 11 originals. This is her third...

June 2000    Label Watch

Label Watch: Go Jazz

Before and since starting his Go Jazz label 10 years ago, Ben Sidran has worked as singer, pianist, songwriter, producer, music authority and, for much of the 1980s, as TV/radio host. This year, Go Jazz is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an attractive...

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