Nancy Ann Lee

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March 2002    Albums

Ain't Misbehavin': Live at the Jazz Showcase
Marian McPartland/Willie Pickens

Pianist Marian McPartland initially collaborated with Chicago-based pianist Willie Pickens in Pittsburgh at a 1997 taping for her NPR program, Piano Jazz. She's worked with him from time to time since, but her connection goes deeper. McPartland lived in...


March 2002    Albums

Live at the Jazz Standard
Andre Previn/David Finck

Listening to this impeccable collaboration with bassist David Finck at New York's intimate jazz club, you'd never guess pianist Andre Previn squeezes in such dates during breaks from travel and concertizing. Previn remains one of the most versatile musicians...


March 2002    Albums

Castles in the Air
Claire Ritter

These companion CDs reveal the artistry, vision and talents of composer-pianist-educator Claire Ritter. Drawing from studies at Queens College with the late jazz luminary Mary Lou Williams and postgrad work with pianist/composer Ran Blake at Boston's New...


September 2001    Hearsay

Bruce Barth

Pianist Bruce Barth hasn’t yet achieved widest notice or listings in jazz encyclopedias, but he has racked up seven recordings as leader since 1993. His latest CD, East and West (MaxJazz), is his most personal. Barth wrote five of the 10 tracks, drawing...


July/August 2001    Albums

Motion Poetry
Mario Pavone/Michael Musillami

Guitarist Michael Musillami and bassist Mario Pavone come together on Motion Poetry as familiar, seasoned players. Their quartet recording with pianist Peter Madsen and drummer Michael Sarin is not only a long-overdue undertaking for them, but an ear-treat...


July/August 2001    Albums

Groove Teacher
Michael Musillami

On Groove Teacher, Musillami leads a bold, beat-driven septet recorded in December 1994 and first released in 1999. As the third recording of original compositions that began with Archives (1990) and Mar's Bars (1992), this exciting nine-tune set features...


June 2001    Albums

With This Voice
Luqman Hamza

Hearing this resplendent set of 13 romantic standards, you'll wonder why 68-year-old Kansas City singer-pianist Luqman Hamza (formerly known as Larry Cummings) has gone largely unheralded in spite of a smooth-tenor vocal style that is better than those of...


June 2001    Albums

Eastern European Roots
Herbie Mann and Sona Terra

Flutist Herbie Mann has previously challenged us by melding jazz with world music on recordings, but never in such a personal way as on this CD, where he delves deep into his Eastern European and Jewish heritage. Mann performs 11 original and traditional...


June 2001    Albums

Over The Rainbow
Jimmy Scott

Jimmy Scott's unhurried phrasing expresses the true meaning of a song's lyrics unlike no one else in jazz. On this spellbinding disc, Scott's soulful, expressive style gives new luster to 12 standards. Smith performs such gems as "All or Nothing at All...


May 2001    Albums

Summer Days
Eddie Allen Quintet

What would you get if you melded a bit of Art Blakey to the imagination of Lester Bowie? You'd get trumpeter Eddie (E. J.) Allen who collaborated with both bandleaders and leads a high-voltage quintet through a set displaying his diverse approach, precise...


May 2001    Albums

Silver in the Bronx
The Bronx Horns

On its second recording, The Bronx Horns pays homage to pianist-composer Horace Silver with 10 Latin-jazz interpretations of Silver favorites arranged by Ray Vega, Marty Sheller, Oscar Hernandez and others. Led by tenor saxophonist-flutist Mitch Frohman...


May 2001    Albums

Charles Earland

Stomp! is the last new recording by the late Hammond B-3 organist Charles Earland, and this March 13, 1999, studio date features the leader with a quintet performing mostly his originals that help him live up to his tag as "The Mighty Burner." Earland became...


May 2001    Albums

Tale of the Fingers
Dave Young Trio

This impeccable Toronto studio session differs from usual piano-trio fare in that Canadian bassist Dave Young fittingly (and tastefully) leads on unamplified bass to deliver a tasty set of 10 standards and originals elegantly performed with lyrical pianist...


April 2001    Albums

20/20: Live at the Blue Note
Jaz Sawyer/Irvin Mayfield

On their second CD for Half Note, 20/20, Crescent City trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and Bay Area percussionist Jaz Sawyer achieve musical perfection leading an assemblage of young lions. Showing maturity and insight, they deliver a ravishing March 1999 set with...


April 2001    Albums

Live at the Blue Note
Jon Regen Trio

Four years of studies with Kenny Barron at Rutgers University and wide recognition as runner-up in the 1996 Great American Piano Competition undoubtedly fortified pianist Jon Regen's talents and infused him with confidence. At this May 4, 1998, Blue Note...


April 2001    Albums

Live at the Blue Note
Mika Pohjola

Recorded and released without Half Note label authorization, pianist Mika Pohjola (the 26-year-old son of a Helsinki-based jazz guitarist), forged ahead to self-produce and release this Live at the Blue Note CD with bassist Matt Penman and Roberto Dani...

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