Geraldine Wyckoff

Geraldine’s Contributions


September 2000    Albums

New Orleans Trumpet
Kevin Clark

In New Orleans, one might hear a musician playing traditional jazz, modern jazz and R&B gigs all in one day. Likewise, Crescent City artists have been known to mix up these styles in a single set or tune. Knowing one's audience is crucial, and endeavoring...


July/August 2000    Albums

Conversation Piece
Los Angeles Jazz Quartet

There is a certain sense of refinement in the dialogue between bandmembers tenor saxophonist Chuck Manning, guitarist Larry Koonse, bassist Darek "Oles" Oleszkiewicz and drummer Kevin Tullius. Their individual musical statements ring clear on Oleszkiewicz...


July/August 2000    Albums

At the Point Vol. 2
Papo Vazquez

The rally of trombonist Papo Vazquez and drummer Pheonix Rivera sets the leader's "The Reverend" off screaming. The tune has such a sense of exuberance that, quite surprisingly, it almost suggests how the Dirty Dozen Brass Band might sound if it went south...


June 2000    Briefs

Round Trip
Rebeca Mauleon

Rebeca Mauleon, known for her work with the likes of Tito Puente and the Machete Ensemble, impresses as pianist, composer and arranger on an album of mostly original material. Mauleon surrounds herself with a large ensemble that includes notables such as...


June 2000    Albums

Since I Fell For You
Charles Brown

With songs like the title cut, "Driftin'," "Go Away Little Girl" and "To You My Love," distinctively sung by the late Charles Brown, most people already have an inkling of what this album sounds like. Perhaps, the most unusual aspect of the disc is that...


June 2000    Albums

Here's That Rainy Day
Ruth Brown

Ruth Brown steps away from her usual rollicking R&B combo to perform a varied program in front of a full orchestra. At the core, she also has some heavy jazz-hitters like pianist Roland Hanna and Hank Jones, bassist Richard Davis and trumpeter Clark Terry...


May 2000    Albums

New Horizons
Caribbean Jazz Project

As the sole remaining member of the original Caribbean Jazz Project and one of the album's principal composers, vibes and marimba player Dave Samuels is at the core of New Horizons. Teamed now with flutist Dave Valentin and guitarist Steve Khan plus bassist...


May 2000    Albums

Quintessential Lou
Louis Hayes Quintet

Louis Hayes knows his stuff. The veteran drummer, who early on honed his chops with the likes of Horace Silver and Cannonball Adderley, has put together a group of musicians and a selection of tunes that really work. While too many artists skim the wealth...


May 2000    Briefs

Someone to Sing To
Emme Kemp

Pianist/vocalist Emme Kemp's theatrical background is definitely in evidence on this veteran performer's debut album. Kemp has the lungs to belt out a song, but the power required for theatrical productions doesn't always translate well to recording. As...


November 1999    Albums

Holly Hofmann

The flute and B-3 organ aren't your usual teammates, but they pair up well with the combo of Holly Hofmann and Bill Cunliffe, respectively. These regular collaborators (with Cunliffe customarily on piano), are joined by guitarist Frank Potenza and drummer...


November 1999    Albums

Pete McCann

Who is Pete McCann anyway? On the 33-year-old guitarist's debut disc it's apparent he's a man of multiple musical persuasions. The album kicks off ferociously in a full tilt, outside rockish gallivant that has everyone burning. Yet there's a sly touch of...

November 1999    Albums

Justin Haynes

In a world of stretched-out solos and 10-minute cuts, Canadian guitarist/pianist/banjoist Justin Haynes keeps his original selections as short as their one- and two-word titles on this whimsical and atmospheric album. There is a lushness on Haynes' tropical...


November 1999    Albums

Irvin Mayfield
Irvin Mayfield

Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, 21, steps out on his own for the first time bringing some of the cream of the New Orleans jazz crop along for the ride. It's a spin that introduces Mayfield not only as a modern jazz trumpeter with the ability to burn, but also...


September 1999    Features

Dirty Dozen Brass Band: The Brass is Back

When the Dirty Dozen Brass Band hit the streets of New Orleans over two decades ago, it packed such a punch that the music continues to reel from its impact. Revolutionizing traditional brass band music by adding modern influences, the Dozen sparked the...


July/August 1999    Albums

Los Hombres Calientes
Los Hombres Calientes

Percussionist Bill Summers, trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, and drummer Jason Marsalis are the core of this New Orleans-based group playing in a style which could be described as Afro-world jazz. With Summers, of Headhunters fame, onboard, rhythm looms large throughout...


July/August 1999    Albums

Satchmo of the Ghetto
James Andrews

It's New Orleans all the way with trumpeter/vocalist James Andrews, who kicks things off with an R&B tribute to his grandfather, Jessie "Oop-Poo-Pah-Doo" Hill, on a rollicking yet touching "Poop Ain't Gotta Scuffle No More." It was written by two others...

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