Miles Jordan

Miles’s Contributions

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December 2001    Albums

Edgewise
Rob Schneiderman

On Rob Schneiderman's eighth CD for Reservoir the pianist pays homage to Bud Powell, one of his influences, in company with yet another ace rhythm section: bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Winard Harper. Previous recordings have alternated between trios...

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December 2001    Albums

Blue Moods
Antoine Silverman

Classically trained violinist Antoine Silverman's first CD as a leader focuses on jazz's "melancholy moments" with tunes like the elegiac "In a Sentimental Mood," a moody "You've Changed," a pensive "Bewitched" and Silverman's own "Big Stoop"-a lazy dialogue...

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June 2001    Albums

Morava
George Mraz

Bassist George "Jiri" Mraz returns to his musical roots here in company with two fellow Czech musicians-pianist Emil Viklicky and vocalist Zuzana Lapcikova , who also plays the cymbalom on several songs-and drummer Billy Hart, a frequent Mraz collaborator...

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June 2001    Albums

Keep the Spirits Singing
David "Fathead" Newman

Newman's latest record teams him with the remarkable rhythm section of pianist John Hicks, bassist Steve Novosel and drummer Winard Harper. Added to the mix on three tunes are trombonist Steve Turre and percussionist Steve Kroon. This lively group gets off...

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June 2001    Albums

The Tenor Giants Featuring Oscar Peterson
Zoot Sims/Eddie Lockjaw Davis featuring Oscar Peterson

It must have come as a bit of a surprise for the audience to find Zoot Sims and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis sharing a Jazz at the Philharmonic stage on a 1975 European tour, but here they are, backed by Oscar Peterson's impeccable trio with bassist Niels-Henning...

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June 2001    Albums

The Legacy Lives On
Various Artists

Crusader drummer Stix Hooper has lined up a who's who of talent for the initial offering on his new label: tenormen Teddy Edwards and James Moody, trumpeter Oscar Brashear, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Al McKibbon and guitarist Kenny Burrell. With Willie...

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May 2001    Albums

The Live Takes: Vol. One
Toots Thielemans

The jazz world would certainly be a poorer place without such a generous talent as Toots Thielemans, who single-handedly brought the chromatic harmonica into its fold. For nearly 50 years he's made a slew of well-received recordings and thrilled audiences...

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May 2001    Albums

New York Nights
Hendrik Meurkens

New York Nights finds Meurkens with pianist Dado Moroni (who also does a terrific job of guesting on two tunes on Encontros), bassist Chris Berger and drummer Jimmy Cobb. Tenorman Eric Alexander lends his musical muscle on four of the CD's 10 tunes-all straightahead...

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May 2001    Albums

Mundell's Moods
Mundell Lowe/Hendrik Meurkens

Mundell's Moods again pairs Meurkens with guitarist Mundell Lowe-a sort of follow-up to 1999's When Lights Are Lowe (Acoustic Music)-with one difference: here Meurkens mostly plays vibes. Recorded during a European tour last year with bassist Pat O'Leary...

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December 2000    Albums

Bluesology
George Cables

Long noted for his rich melodic sensibilities, which he artfully folds into Latin rhythms, Bluesology finds George Cables and his trio (Jay Anderson, bass; Billy Drummond, drums) putting their spin on the standards "How Deep Is the Ocean," "Easy Living...

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December 2000    Albums

Alexander the Great
Eric Alexander

Alexander is in the tradition of Windy City tenormen, and it's entirely appropriate that he's reunited here with B-3 boss Charles Earland, with whom he earned a name for himself after landing in Chicago about 10 years ago. In addition to Earland, Alexander...

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December 2000    Albums

A Night in Tunisia
Arturo O'Farrill Trio

Arturo O'Farrill is the son of Cuban composer and bandleader Chico O'Farrill, in whose Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band he serves as pianist and musical director. The 10 tunes O'Farrill essays here, with stunning support from bassist George Mraz and drummer Steve...

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November 2000    Albums

The Art of Norman Simmons
Norman Simmons

Norman Simmons' record credits stretch back to a 1956 trio date for Argo and subsequent recordings with Carmen McRae, whom he accompanied for several years in the '60s, and with Betty Carter and Anita O'Day in the '70s. In fact, it's his sought-after ability...

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November 2000    Albums

Brothers II
Ken Watters/Harry Watters

The Watters brothers, Ken on trumpet and flugelhorn, Harry on trombone, together produce a sound reminiscent of the two-trombone recordings by J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding in the '50s. Backed by pianist David Marlow, bassist Roy Yarbrough and drummer Jay...

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July/August 2000    Albums

Over the Airwaves
Mark Elf

Fleet-fingered guitarist Elf has come up with another winner with this CD, a tribute to jazz radio and the many DJs who've played his previous five discs and propelled them into the top 10 on the Gavin Jazz chart. By now his fans know exactly what to expect...

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July/August 2000    Briefs

Blue to the Bone II
Dave Stryker

Guitarist Stryker's vision of the blues encompasses the low-down, late-night blues typified here by "Sittin on Top of the World" and the jazzier sort that makes up much of the rest of this disc. Backed by some of the players who made 1996's Blue to the Bone...

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