Patricia Myers

Patricia’s Contributions

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January/February 2000    Albums

Higher Grounds
Ingrid Jensen

Ingrid Jensen is a mesmerizing musician. Equally accomplished on trumpet and fluegelhorn, she is constantly expressive and remarkably unpredictable. On this adventurous issue, titled to portray the many directions of jazz, the main focus is progressive hard...

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January/February 2000    Albums

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Terry Gibbs/Buddy DeFranco

Vibist Terry Gibbs and clarinetist Buddy DeFranco have teamed up again, this time on 13 engaging charts written by Steve Allen and arranged by Gibbs. The style varies from energized Latin to lyrically romantic, but every track swings strongly because of...

January/February 2000    Briefs

A Little More Than the Blues
Jeff Zelnick

Alto saxophonist Jeff Zelnick delivers a lot more than the blues via inventive changes and expressive solos. The seven-track debut CD features six originals and an upbeat treatment of "C'est Si Bon." Zelnick takes "Ten" into a deep groove to trade bop riffs...

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January/February 2000    Briefs

Plugged In
Clairdee/John Moriarty Trio

Clairdee is a classy singer with a supple voice and sophisticated style reminiscent of the late great ladies of jazz. On her debut album, the San Francisco-based vocalist delivers dynamic renditions of jazz evergreens including "Body and Soul," "Autumn Leaves...

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December 1999    Briefs

Light Breeze
Franco Ambrosetti

The pure tone and graceful fluency of Franco Ambrosetti's flugelhorn is absolutely enthralling throughout this diverse collection. It features a dazzling rendition of "My Foolish Heart" and a brilliant reading of "Giant Steps." On this album, his first in...

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November 1999    Albums

Chase Live Forever
Bill Chase

Trumpeter Bill Chase's quarter-century reputation for adventurous playing and writing spawned his exciting namesake band. First lauded as lead trumpeter with the 1960s bands of Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman, the Berklee grad organized his...

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November 1999    Albums

Wish
Kendra Shank

Kendra Shank sounds like sunlight shining through a stained-glass window, her crystalline tone illuminating each song. Working her voice like a horn, she phrases inventively, whether crisp and sizzling or sensuously smoky. She's definitely an original, as...

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October 1999    Albums

Louie Louie
Chris Daniels and the Kings

For Chris Daniels and The Kings, swing is not a new genre. Louie Louie, their seventh album in 15 years, salutes Louis Prima, Louis Jordan and Louis Armstrong, showmen all. Daniels has a Lyle Lovett kind of drawl as he roars through "Choo-Choo-Ch'Boogie...

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October 1999    Albums

Colin James and the Little Big Band II
Colin James and the Little Big Band II

The second jump-blues album of Canadian guitarist Colin James and his nine-piece "little big band" roar through 14 songs, many originally recorded by legends of the past. Four horns and organ propel Ray Charles' "Mary Anne", Willie Dixon's "You Know My Love...

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October 1999    Albums

Swing Shift
Antoine Silverman

The jazz violin of French-American Antoine Silverman creates a more lyrical approach to swing, teaming with guitarist Andy Reiss for a sound wonderfully reminiscent of the great Stephan Grappelli. The quartet nudges the nuances on a dozen evergreens, the...

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October 1999    Albums

Put Some Style In It
Lounge Brigade

Lounge Brigade covers hokey hits from the '50s and '60s a la Enoch Light's Light Brigade of that era. The band includes four alumni, including guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli and Al Caiola, reedsman Phil Bodner and drummer Bobby Rosengarden, aided by bassist...

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October 1999    Albums

This One's on Me
Roy Meriwether

A veteran of 33 years and 14 albums, pianist Roy Meriwether possesses artistic stamina and an incredible musical vitality. For his first new recording in four years, he delivers quicksilver fluidity laced with gospel licks and rhapsodic passages. Meriwether...

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October 1999    Briefs

Sunny
Sunny Sumter

Sunny Sumter's voice is lovely, lush, liquid. Her timbre is reminiscent of Lena Horne; her phrasing recalls Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae. Hers is a brandy-rich sound with a velvet-smooth style, perfect for ballads such as "Daydream" and "Save Your Love...

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October 1999    Briefs

Back to Earth
Lisa Ekdahl/Peter Nordahl Trio

This Swedish crossover pop singer has been winning rave reviews throughout Europe, touted as the new Billie Holiday or Blossom Dearie. I disagree. Her little-girl sound lacks the plaintive passion of Billie and the droll wit of Blossom. She's Betty-Boop...

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October 1999    Briefs

I Am Who Sings
Larry Alexander

Suave singer-songwriter Larry Alexander wrote eight originals of the 13 tracks on this Swiss-produced album, his love-songs rich with thoughtful lyrics. His satiny delivery on "If You Go Away" and "There I've Said It Again" call to mind the style of Mark...

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October 1999    Briefs

Origins
Diane Delin

This album of originals by violinist Diane Delin frequently crosses over from jazz into semi-classical, but no matter which genre prevails, her elegance and expertise are always obvious. This is not the style of Stuff, Stephane or Jean-Luc, but Delin consistently...

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