Sunsh Stein

Sunsh’s Contributions

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May 1998    Briefs

Antonio & Jon
Jim Porcella

Antonio & Jon is easy listening in the positive sense of the term. Jim Porcella's smooth vocals, singing essentially the greatest hits of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Jon Hendricks, glide along effortlessly. With a voice somewhat reminiscent of Mel Torm , Porcella...

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May 1998    Briefs

Comes Love
Barbara Leah Meyer

This European-based Canadian vocalist presents an emotion-laden collection of love songs with a pretty much straightahead delivery. She conveys a sultry, albeit near threatening message in "Get Out Of Town" and sings a stunning "Blame It On My Youth." She...

April 1998    Briefs

Jazz Sketches
Linda Sandoval

Vocalist/pianist Linda Sandoval exhibits a flair for the oddball tune, as in "Cow-Cow Boogie" or her own "Roxbury Drive." She gives a nice twist to "Parker's Mood" and throws us a Spanish "Continental." With Joel DiBartolo on bass, she presents her choices...

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March 1998    Albums

Double Take
Howard Prince

Trombonist Howard Prince's new recording takes off immediately with a drum roll and a blast of horns, instantly engaging the listener. With players like John Stubblefield, Claudio Roditi, and Marvin "Smitty" Smith as part of a rotating cast of characters...

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March 1998    Albums

Resonance
Bert Seager Trio

The Bert Seager Trio has created light and airy music on this recording, but by no means is it lightweight- these guys play forcefully with some tasty dissonant touches. Seager's stated preference for equality in the group dynamic is underscored by the lively...

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October 1997    Albums

Just Be Yourself
Curtis Lundy

Evidence has wisely reissued this 1985 recording by bassist Curtis Lundy. On it, Lundy, just a few years past his Betty Carter schooling, demonstrates his talents as a soloist, an ensemble player and vocal accompanist. He jams here with longtime friend and...

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September 1997    Briefs

What Is This Thing Called Jazz?
Laura Theodore

Laura Theodore's voice is a diverse instrument. It plummets to alto depths in "Lullaby of Birdland" where it also heads way over the top. She likes showing off her spectacular range and vocal stylings on most of the standards here. Theodore's musicianship...

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September 1997    Briefs

Old Head
Mike Boone

Bassist Mike Boone starts this release with a hip vocal duet of "I've Got Rhythm" that highlights his pizzicato dexterity. He ends it with two originals displaying varied compositional and arranging styles. One is a piano/bass duet that's slightly discordant...

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September 1997    Albums

Mays in Manhattan
Bill Mays

What fun to arrange, stamping a project with your creative imprint. Pianist Bill Mays does just that on Mays In Manhattan. With the well known ("Autumn in New York") and lesser known (Lennie Tristano's "317 E. 32nd St."), Mays takes a trio and sextet ride...

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September 1997    Albums

Friends Forever
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen Trio

The tone of Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen's bass is so full and rich. His distinct sound comes rumbling up, a strong presence-not intrusive, but wonderfully pervasive. His listeners reap the benefits of this talent as do his musical partners. This recording...

May 1997    Briefs

Live at Vartan Jazz
Freddy Cole

Freddy Cole sings and plays like a man who's lived life. Using the Cole trio of guitar, bass and his piano, he swings, croons, and moans his way through tunes both familiar and obscure. With a voice smooth yet seasoned, he tells a tale; check out his phrasing...

May 1997    Briefs

Cynthia's In Love
Cynthia Crane

In her liner notes Cynthia Crane proclaims her love for arranger-pianist Mike Renzi, bassist Jay Leonhart and drummer Grady Tate. What's not to love with these guys, topnotch as they are. They do their thing here with Crane, providing a solid jazz backdrop...

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May 1997    Briefs

Carolyn Graye
Carolyn Graye

Carolyn Graye composes, sings and plays piano on this self-titled release. She does them all well. This mix of mostly originals is enhanced variously with bass, drums, alto, soprano, trumpet and trombone. While the soprano gives a more contemporary jazz...

May 1997    Briefs

Duckwalk
The Dobrogosz Quartet

Even though I was sick, this rock-tinged classic jazz recording had me dancing around my apartment. The first two tunes virtually fly off the CD before things calm down. The Dobrogosz Quartet may not be saying a lot that's new, but their high energy is infectious...

May 1997    Briefs

Master of the Bass
Ralph Pena

Bassist Ralph Pena, whose premature death in 1969 ended a thriving career on the L.A. jazz scene, is captured here from low-tech recordings that offer decent fidelity. The tracks with pianist Joe Albany and saxophonist Herb Geller are strict bebop, strongly...

May 1997    Briefs

Just Found Joy
Rich Corpolongo Quartet Plus Two

Chicago saxophonist Rich Corpolongo's intimacy with and knowledge of his horn are immediately apparent when he enters the pianistic tranquillity of "Valse," the first piece on this recording. Corpolongo, who has almost 40 years of musical background, exhibits...

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