Scott Albin

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04/01/14    Albums

Magic 201-- Frank Wess

If only every elder statesman of jazz could cap a career as Frank Wess did with his two definitive CDs Magic 101 and Magic 201, recorded just two years before his death in 2013 at the age of 91. The sessions from June and September 2011 that resulted respectively...

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03/25/14    Albums

Blue Divide-- Rob Derke & The NYJAZZ Quartet

Rob Derke's NY JAZZ Quartet is a performing arm of the NYJAZZ Initiative, a non-profit organization that seeks "to build audiences and further Jazz Arts" and thus "designs and conducts programs for thousands of students in New York City and around the country...

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03/18/14    Albums

With the Wind and the Rain-- Joshua Breakstone

Joshua Breakstone's 20th album since 1983 stands out from the others with the inclusion of Mike Richmond's cello on four tracks, an idea inspired by the guitarist's late friend, bassist and promoter Mitsuru Nishiyama. During two of the most recent of Breakstone...

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03/11/14    Albums

A Warm Embrace-- T.K. Blue

T.K. Blue, aka Talib Kibwe, is best known for his long tenure as saxophonist, flutist, arranger, and musical director with Randy Weston, who he joined in 1980 after three years with Abdullah Ibrahim. Blue is also Director of Jazz Studies at Long Island University...

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03/04/14    Albums

Organ Monk: American Standard-- Greg Lewis

This is the third stirring Organ Monk CD from organist Greg Lewis, but the first to focus on ten standards that Thelonious Monk enjoyed playing and mostly recorded, rather than on the pianist's own compositions. One may wonder in listening to the Organ Monk...

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02/25/14    Albums

Sweet Shadow-- Pete Mills

The Canadian Pete Mills has long resided in Columbus, OH, where the polished and arresting saxophonist leads a local group, is a featured soloist with trumpeter Byron Stripling's Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and teaches at nearby Denison University. For his...

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02/18/14    Albums

Anthem for a New Day-- Helen Sung

Helen Sung began studying classical piano at the age of five, and it wasn't until years later at the University of Texas that she discovered jazz and transitioned over to jazz courses while receiving both a Bachelor and Master's of Music in Classical Piano...

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02/11/14    Albums

Lucky People-- Moutin Factory Quintet

The twin Moutin Brothers, Francois and Louis, have made their marks over the years as co-leaders of the Moutin Reunion Quartet, and as much-in-demand sideman due to the mastery of their respective instruments, bass and drums. After five well-received recordings...

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02/04/14    Albums

Gathering Call-- Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski

The infinitely flexible and open-minded drummer Matt Wilson is best known among many projects for his groups Arts & Crafts and the Matt Wilson Quartet. Heard here is the transformed Quartet, with cornetist Kirk Knuffke replacing alto saxophonist-clarinetist...

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01/28/14    Albums

Throwback-- Jake Hertzog

The dynamic young guitarist Jake Hertzog has successfully straddled the worlds of jazz and rock, and this CD is already his fourth with a core trio that includes bassist Harvie S and drummer Victor Jones. Hertzog has also been the lead guitarist for Nickelodeon...

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01/21/14    Albums

Connection Caracas - New York-- Alí Bello

The New York-based, extremely versatile, classically-trained Venezuelan violinist Alí Bello has performed in numerous genres, including jazz, pop, R & B, Middle Eastern, flamenco, and many South American styles. For this CD, Bello's focus to some extent...

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01/14/14    Albums

Limitless-- Stranahan / Zaleski / Rosato

One of the best piano trio jazz releases in recent memory is this cooperative venture from pianist Glenn Zaleski, bassist Rick Rosato, and drummer Colin Stranahan. Their second CD (after Anticipation in 2011) displays the trio's exceptional intuitive interaction...

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01/07/14    Albums

It's Not That Far-- The Matthew Finck / Jonathan Ball Project

Although guitarist Matthew Finck and saxophonist Jonathan Ball met fortuitously many years ago as invited guests to the same wedding, this CD is the first to document their musical rapport and combined talents as players and composers. Finck's credits include...

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12/30/13    Albums

Rhodopa-- Hristo Vitchev and Liubomir Krastev

Those followers expecting yet another enjoyable collaboration between guitarist Hristo Vitchev and pianist Weber Iago may be disappointed to learn instead of this series of duets between Vitchev and clarinetist Liubomir Krastev, but rest assured that this...

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12/24/13    Albums

Project Them-- Bob Franceschini and Mark Sherman

As classmates at the High School of Music and Art in New York, Bob Franceschini and Mark Sherman hoped to one day form their own group together, and now many years later the veteran tenor saxophonist and vibraphonist have achieved that goal with their new...

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12/18/13    Albums

Alchemy-- Amir ElSaffar

Doris Duke Performing Artist Award winner Amir ElSaffar is one of the few trumpeters capable of playing microtones on that instrument, as well as being an accomplished Iraqi maqam singer. The Iraqi-American was born and raised in Chicago, and studied classical...

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About Scott Albin

Scott Albin has been a contributing writer to Jazz Times and jazz.com, and has also written for Down Beat as well as such long-forgotten publications as Changes, Zygote, and The Herald. He was an active member of the old New York City promotional organization Jazz Interactions, and worked for many years in publishing in New York, where he haunted the many jazz clubs and lofts. Now he resides in South Florida, where opportunities to hear live jazz are to be cherished, not yawned at.