David Zych

David’s Contributions


January/February 1999    Hearsay

Andy Bey

Andy Bey started his career as a child prodigy, playing piano at age three. He earned a well-deserved reputation as a vocalist with Horace Silver in the ’70s. Success and gigs, however, can be fleeting and, about 20 years ago, the bottom dropped out of Bey’s...


January/February 1999    Briefs

Something Special
Vaughn Nark

When Vaughn Nark blows his trumpet, Gabriel must look down with a measure of envy. This recording, Nark's first major release, features the fiery musician in a tour de force program of jazz classics, many peppered with his trademark searing trumpet cadenzas;...


January/February 1999    Albums

Amy White

Following on the heels of her evocative release, Piano Diaries, pianist White continues to paint sumptuous portraits of life situations with a remarkable measure of clarity and color. Mesmerizing tone poems celebrate moments and memories, including romance...

December 1998    Hearsay

Peter White

Acoustic guitarist Peter White, a self-described reformed rocker, loves to play tunes and melodies that people like, and the pop world is where his musical foundations were established and still remain. So it’s understandable that White’s blood pressure...


December 1998    Hearsay

Michael Weiss

Pianist Michael Weiss looks at jazz not only as an established player, but also as a serious student and educator. And what he sees being represented as serious jazz gives him concern. “I see an erosion of quality,” he said, following the release of his...


December 1998    Albums

Eliane Elias Sings Jobim
Eliane Elias

On the heels of her successful Eliane Elias Plays Jobim comes this new outing, and it is a winner. Elias's touch on the keyboard is gentle and deliberate, making every note count and never letting one go to waste. But that delightful touch that she projects...


December 1998    Albums

Dawn New Day
Mike Longo

This is one of those jazz recordings that is eminently listenable, even to the uninitiated who, after they hear it, will say something like, "Hey, I like that. Is that really jazz?" And to those who appreciate the music, pianist Longo's recording, Dawn New...


December 1998    Albums

The Art of the Ballad
Chet Baker

Baker's lyrical trumpet is made for the ballad, and his readings of "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," from the great Chet Baker in New York recording and "Stairway to the Stars" epitomize his sensuous nature. "Alone Together," from the Riverside recording, Chet...


December 1998    Albums

The Art of the Ballad
Kenny Dorham

Kenny Dorham's trumpet was certainly equal to the challenge of the ballad, with his liquidy trumpet doing total justice to the opener, "Darn that Dream." Dorham was an incredible instrumentalist, thriving on changes and having so many different facets of...


December 1998    Albums

The Art of the Ballad
Dexter Gordon

The Dexter Gordon entry is equally outstanding. The opener, "Sentimental Reasons" is downright thrilling; Gordon's tone is on the mark and his interaction with mates Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones, and Ray Brooks is classic, as is his infectious "Star Eyes." Gordon...


December 1998    Albums

The Art of the Ballad
Thelonious Monk

Monk's entry in the Prestige ballad series is spectacular. Orrin Keepnews's work with this musician is legendary and many of the important recordings are presented here. This is essential Monk for any collector that begins and ends with 1957 recordings of...


December 1998    Albums

The Art of the Ballad
Art Pepper

Opening with the haunting "Winter Moon" from a 1980 session with strings, Art shows his off his style and chops from all the eras of his all-too-short career. His work on "'Round Midnight" is noteworthy; a Marty Paich arrangement with a big band of some...

December 1998    Albums

Marty Nau

This is Nau's second recording, one that will do much to enhance his reputation as a rising alto player and composer. The program consists of Nau's own compositions, save for Jimmy Van Heusen's "Nancy," and there's plenty of hard playing and imaginative...


November 1998    Hearsay

Steve Wilson

For alto and tenor player Steve Wilson, music is a lifelong road and the end is never in sight. “There’s always more to discover and more musicians to play with,” he said while on tour with Chick Corea in Munich, “and that means more music to create from...


November 1998    Hearsay

Lou Grassi

Playing free improvisational jazz, that is, music with no composition or structure, and relying totally on the communicative skills of bandmates is a rough way to make a living. Ask drummer Lou Grassi, who, at age 51, is finally seeing the light of day after...


November 1998    Label Watch

Label Watch: Concord Jazz

Concord Jazz is now celebrating its 25th anniversary in 1998—three years after the label’s founder and prolific producer Carl Jefferson succumbed to cancer. It all began when Jefferson founded the Concord Jazz Festival in 1969, which led to the establishment...

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