Bill DeMain

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05/05/12    Albums

Poesia Musicada
Dori Caymmi

Dori Caymmi has always had a lot to live up to. His father, the legendary Dorival Caymmi, helped put Brazilian music on the map in the 20th century. As a singer and composer, Dorival’s odes to the lifestyle, women and beaches of his native Bahia were the...

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02/17/12    Albums

Daybreak
Greg Reitan

Pianist Greg Reitan’s Daybreak seems custom-built for a late-September meander through Central Park on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Which is to say the record is pensive and beautiful and infused with delicate motion that conveys a sense of contentment tinged...

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02/14/12    Albums

Revisited
Reuben Wilson Trio

The opening track of NYC-based organist Reuben Wilson’s latest disc is called “Here We Go.” It’s an appropriate title: With the downbeat he comes out swinging hard, and from the soul jazz of “The Shuffle” through the ’60s-style blues-a-go-go of “See See...

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March 2011    Albums

Jump!
Pete Levin

Some music, just by the act of listening to it, makes you feel cooler. A great jazz organ trio can do that with ease. Whether it’s Jimmy Smith, Richard “Groove” Holmes or Pete Levin, those syncopated stabs and walking basslines on the Hammond B3, when percolating...

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March 2011    Albums

Aurora
Patrick Williams Big Band

Big-band jazz may have peaked in popularity in the 1930s, but Patrick Williams is out to prove it can still be vital. He did it once before with his Grammy-winning 1974 album Threshold , and this return to the bandstand is equally satisfying. Williams, best...

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October 2010    Albums

Beautiful Dreamers
Bill Frisell

When listening to Bill Frisell play, it’s easy to forget you’re hearing an electric guitar. Through touch, tone and voicings that are free of the usual six-string tropes, his instrument can sound, variously, like a pedal steel, a toy piano, a string quartet...

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Bill DeMain joined the JazzTimes community on Sep 03, 2010