Ron Wynn

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08/19/14    Albums

I'll Fly Away
Jeff Denson & Joshua White

Bassist-composer Jeff Denson has earned a stalwart reputation as a rhythm section standout during his tenure with Lee Konitz’s quartet as well as with the trio Minsarah and his own four-piece ensemble. He takes on the role of co-contributor on his latest...

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06/17/12    Albums

Nocturnal
Chris Taylor

Guitarist Chris Taylor’s debut release as a leader won’t endear him to purists. Not only does it feature electronic instrumentation, but many pieces include synthesized snippets and sampled beats or vocalized chants. There’s also no working band. Instead...

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05/14/12    Albums

Trip the Light Fantastic
Hal Galper Trio

Pianist Hal Galper’s latest release incorporates influences and approaches from multiple camps, a reflection of the versatility he displayed during lengthy stints with Chet Baker and Phil Woods. But it’s a sign of his growth as a player that he does it in...

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May 2011    Albums

Sides, Colors
Roberta Piket

Thematic diversity is the most intriguing aspect of pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger Roberta Piket’s latest release, Sides, Colors . She alternates between trio and large-group settings, and blends cuts that accent her acoustic piano playing with...

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May 2011    Albums

The Dancing Monk
Eric Reed

Pianist Eric Reed has a striking, identifiable style that is expressive and swinging yet can also be lyrical or introspective. Whether part of Wynton Marsalis’ band or working with great singers (Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves) and jazz giants (Benny Carter...

May 2011    Albums

Cerulean Landscape
Jason Robinson and Anthony Davis

Before multi-instrumentalist Jason Robinson became one of the most respected soloists and bandleaders in jazz’s experimental wing, one of his professors was Anthony Davis, the composer and pianist who has established himself in jazz, classical and avant...

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May 2011    Albums

To Hear From There
Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet

As we’ve come to expect from trombonist/bandleader Wayne Wallace, the 11 selections on To Hear From There spotlight multiple rhythms, styles and eras within the framework of Latin jazz. Interestingly, Wallace’s compositions tend to be more exciting than...

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April 2011    Albums

Love Stories
Bill Easley

Though the word “virtuoso” is almost as overused as “genius” when applied to musicians, Bill Easley’s abilities on multiple saxophones and clarinets, in styles extending from swing and hard bop to R&B and pop, have proven that designation accurate. But on...

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April 2011    Albums

Lou’s Idea
Louis Hayes Jazz Communicators

The first version of the marvelous drummer Louis Hayes’ Jazz Communicators was only together a short time (1967-68), but that unit included two legendary players in tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. The latest edition’s pedigree...

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April 2011    Albums

The Talented Mr. Pelt
Jeremy Pelt

There hasn’t been any orchestrated campaign boosting the profile of trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, but in little more than a decade after his arrival in New York he’s generated considerable excitement. His group’s latest recording comprehensively demonstrates why...

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12/10/10    Albums

East-West Trumpet Summit
Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott

This Ray Vega/Thomas Marriott dual trumpet release emphasizes collective interaction, cohesive ensemble presentation and the spirit of teamwork embodied in the title, though there are also plenty of times during the eight songs where differences in style...

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December 2010    Albums

4B
James Moody

Ron Wynn reviews recent album from legendary saxophonist

11/29/10    Albums

Alive and Kicking
Organissimo

Recorded live last year at WKAR-TV's Studio A at Michigan State before a very supportive crowd, the trio Organissmo's new disc pays homage to the tradition of bluesy, funky soul jazz without becoming a strict retro or tribute project. Organist Jim Alfredson...

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September 2010    Albums

Roman Nights
Tom Harrell

Trumpeter Tom Harrell’s often beautiful, always rigorous solos and outstanding writing are the main strengths of his latest release on HighNote, Roman Nights . The album also displays the various influences that have been integrated into his work, from Latin...

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September 2010    Albums

For the Love of You
Joe Locke

Vibraphonist Joe Locke has done many intriguing and robust mainstream jazz dates during his career, discs with plenty of swinging, decisive solos, intense pieces and inventive, intricate arrangements. But his latest release, For the Love of You , hearkens...

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April 2010    Albums

The Way Of The World
Mose Allison

Since the late ’50s, Mose Allison’s distinctive approach has combined the vocal passion of a blues musician with a bop pianist’s harmonic flair and a country performer’s storytelling acumen. But until equally idiosyncratic producer Joe Henry lured him back...

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