Owen Cordle

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04/09/14    Albums

Live From New York!
Mike Longo and the New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble

This album captures an electrifying evening at the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium in the NYC Baha’i Center. There is a feeling of elation in the performances. Pianist Mike Longo wrote all the big-band arrangements, and they range from his atmospheric originals...


03/10/14    Albums

The Connection
Ray Mantilla

Jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythms are a natural connection, one attractively celebrated in the work of Latin percussionist Ray Mantilla, who was born in the South Bronx in 1934. Here, we have a variety of performances by members of his septet, ranging from...


02/13/14    Albums

I Remember Bessie
Art Hodes

“She just reaches out and grabs and holds me. ... This gal sings from the heart. She never lets me get away from her once.” This is how Art Hodes describes, in Hot Man , his autobiography, his first time seeing Bessie Smith perform. With I Remember Bessie...


01/13/14    Albums

Live at Montreux 1972
Stan Getz Quartet

Recorded in 1972 at the Montreux Jazz Festival, this sold-separately CD and DVD release captures Getz in aggressive form as he digs into newer repertoire items “Captain Marvel,” “Day Waves,” “Windows,” “La Fiesta” and “Times Lie,” all composed by Chick Corea...


01/09/14    Albums

Nice 'N' Easy
Houston Person

Houston Person has called his style “good old bootin’ tenor sax playing.” With parts of this album, he might also refer to boudoir footwear, especially his playing on the ballads “All My Tomorrows,” “It’s All in the Game,” “If It’s the Last Thing I Do,”...


01/06/14    Albums

One for Rudy
Joey DeFrancesco

“Rudy” is, of course, legendary recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder, for whom Joey DeFrancesco feels a certain affinity. The organist recorded his second album at Van Gelder’s famous Englewood Cliffs, N.J., studio in 1990 and another album there eight years...


11/19/13    Albums

Louie's Dream: For Our Jazz Heroes
Eli Yamin/Evan Christopher

The heroes pianist Eli Yamin and clarinetist Evan Christopher honor on this album include not only Louis Armstrong but also Barney Bigard, Duke Ellington, Sidney Bechet, Mary Lou Williams, Mahalia Jackson, Amiri Baraka, John Coltrane and Mercedes Ellington...


10/03/13    Albums

Remembering Billie
Scott Hamilton

Here we have a typically swinging set by tenorman Scott Hamilton, the majority of which features songs recorded by singer Billie Holiday before World War II—her more carefree period, as mentioned in Bob Porter’s liner notes. Accompanied by pianist Tim Ray...


09/03/13    Albums

Magic 101
Frank Wess

Former Count Basie Band saxophonist Frank Wess, 89 at the time of this 2011 recording, is in classic form throughout. Accompanied by pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Winard Harper, he employs his tenor saxophone exclusively—no flute...


07/20/13    Albums

Birch Hall Concerts Live
The Bechet Legacy

Soprano saxophonist and clarinetist Bob Wilber formed the Bechet Legacy in the late ’70s. He had studied with Sidney Bechet as a teenager in the ’40s, and it was a fitting time to formally honor his late mentor. On this two-CD set, recorded in England in...


04/12/13    Albums

Eric Alexander

Eric Alexander, on the scene since the early 1990s, is from the masculine school of tenor saxophone rhapsody. Throughout Touching , an album of ballads, he projects melodic conviction, deep feeling and mature expression. There is a blues and gospel influence...


02/22/13    Albums

Bill Evans

This two-CD set is a considerable emotional distance from the definitive and introspective Bill Evans Trio heard on the revered Sunday at the Village Vanguard from 1961. Recorded 11 years later at a concert in Groningen, the Netherlands, Momentum proceeds...


01/29/13    Albums

'Round Midnight
Harry Allen & Scott Hamilton

“My Melancholy Baby” opens this two-tenor session in an easygoing groove with laidback, swinging saxophone solos reminiscent of Zoot Sims and Al Cohn. This is the third recorded meeting of Harry Allen and Scott Hamilton, and it’s a characteristically happy...


10/23/12    Albums

Big Fun(k) Live
Don Braden and Karl Latham

Big Fun(k) is a synchronized rhythm machine. Not that it sounds mechanical; rather, each player primarily emphasizes rhythm, and all the parts interconnect—drum backbeats, bass grooves, keyboard riffs and colors and (mostly) pentatonic tenor saxophone figures...


10/03/12    Albums

Tommy Igoe and the Birdland Big Band

The Birdland Big Band is bold and brash. “We play loud and fast and we don’t dwell on the past,” leader and drummer Tommy Igoe says in the liner notes for this debut album. Igoe has rhythm in his blood. His father, Sonny Igoe, played drums in the late swing...


07/10/12    Albums

The Creep
Ted Nash

The Creep is saxophonist Ted Nash’s foray into free jazz. The instrumentation is the same as Ornette Coleman’s groundbreaking quartet of 1959: alto, trumpet (Ron Horton), bass (Paul Sikivie) and drums (Ulysses Owens Jr.). But, as you would expect, the result...

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