Patricia Myers

Patricia’s Contributions

November 2001    Albums

I've Never Been In Love Before

Maurice's voice, new to the jazz scene, is lightly graceful and lazily pleasant. Meandering through 13 love songs, he conveys a whimsical approach with a lilting Bob Dorough meets Dave Frishberg sound. His timbre and expression is well suited to perform...


July/August 2001    Albums

India Looking West
Sai Ghose Trio

Don't let India in the title misdirect you into expecting sitars and tablas. Each of the 11 tracks on this album is straightahead and strongly swinging. The New England-based trio delivers a well-balanced mix of six standards and five originals by pianist...


April 2001    Albums

Night Owl
Bryan Shaw

Trumpeter Bryan Shaw delivers a confident sound filled with melodic low-register work. His imaginative ballad work is reminiscent of Bunny Berigan and Bix Beiderbecke, while his fiery individualism reflects Roy Eldridge and Ruby Braff. Shaw's core band has...


April 2001    Albums

Plays C-Melody Saxophone: Melody from the Sky
Scott Robinson

Scott Robinson is a multiple reeds player whose musical collaborations range from Ruby Braff to Anthony Braxton. With this unusual album, he illustrates the versatility of the C-melody saxophone, an instrument that disappeared after brief glory in the 1920s...


October 2000    Albums

With a Song in My Heart
Wesla Whitfield

The sensuously expressive voice of Wesla Whitfield seems suited for every jazz vocal in the Great American Songbook, from Gershwin and Porter to Berlin and Cahn, her choices on previous albums. This release selects 18 gems from the prolific team of Lorenz...


October 2000    Albums

Sings Dave Frishberg and Bob Dorough: Everything I Need
Carol Fredette

Carol Fredette has been singing the songs of Bob Dorough and Dave Frishberg since the '70s. It took until now for her to record them, however, and this album became the catalyst for the songwriters' collaboration on the cliche-filled "I Could Care Less...


September 2000    Albums

Swing, Swing, Swing
Keely Smith

Keely Smith, a Las Vegas star with the Louis Prima Band in the '50s and '60s, is back on the scene, sounding better than ever in front of the roaring, Los Angeles-based Frankie Capp Orchestra. Her voice is strong and supple, sailing over wailing horns and...


September 2000    Albums

The Main Event: Live at the Maple Leaf
Rebirth Brass Band

Listening to the ReBirth Brass Band is next best to standing on the corner of Bourbon and St. Peter in New Orleans. With this album, RBB successfully communicates the infectious vitality of a live show at the Maple Leaf. The band's trademark street-beat...


September 2000    Albums

Roderick Paulin

Saxophonist Roderick Paulin, formerly lead player with ReBirth and Kermit Ruffins' Big Band, goes out on his own to further the melding of traditional jazz with soulful funk and R&B. The saxophonist wrote two of the eight tracks: "You Know What I Mean...


September 2000    Albums

Romantic Ellington
Carol Sloane

First heard with the Les and Larry Elgart Band in the late '50s, Carol Sloane and her dusky voice made an involuntary retreat from the music business before she was rediscovered in the '70s. Those dormant years were a loss to jazz purists, evidenced by her...


September 2000    Albums

Live at the Jazz Bakery
Denny Zeitlin/David Friesen

The interactive free improvisation of pianist Denny Zeitlin and bassist David Friesen flows seamlessly throughout this date recorded at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles in 1996. The album's most alluring attribute is the brilliant individualism that comes...


September 2000    Albums

Monk and Me
Brian Trainor Trio and Friends

With strikingly faithful keyboard style and compositional wit, pianist Brian Trainor plays a rich tribute to Thelonious Monk. Monk's angular humor is resurrected on five Monk charts and six Trainor originals, performed in a trio setting with bassist Vince...


July/August 2000    Briefs

Now Is the Time
Barbara Adamson

The debut recording of San Francisco singer Barbara Adamson conveys the passionate intensity of long-experienced vocalists. Backed by pianist Marshall Otwell, bassist Stan Poplin and drummer Steve Robertson, plus guest horn players, she opens with brief...


May 2000    Albums

John Patitucci

Bassist John Patitucci, best-known for his 10 years with Chick Corea, employs both acoustic and electric for this merging of post-bop modern and Latin jazz. All 10 Patitucci originals relate to his belief that each life experience makes a significant impression...


May 2000    Albums

I'm Me and You're Not: The Music of Darrell Katz
Jazz Composers Alliance Saxophone Quartet

This is the third album from the Boston-based Jazz Composers Alliance Saxophone Quartet, and it's an ear-burner. Jazz is all about creativity and continual evolution, and both elements are here in abundance. Without a rhythm section, the reedsmen produce...


May 2000    Albums

Alley Cats
Gene Harris

Pianist Gene Harris again lays down soulful, bluesy, funky grooves on his 21st album for Concord. Recorded live at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle, the aggregation includes saxophonists Ernie Watts and Red Holloway, and organist Jack McDuff working new...

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