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08/20/10    Concerts

David Sanborn at Jazz at the Bistro in St. Louis

Terry Perkins reviews performance by saxophonist David Sanborn and his trio at club in St. Louis


06/07/10    Concerts

First Annual JEN Conference

Terry Perkins reports on educational conference held in St. Louis, Mo.


November 2006    Albums

Timeless Portraits and Dreams
Geri Allen

Geri Allen’s 2004 Telarc debut, The Life of a Song—her first recording in more than six years—underscored her rare combination of dazzling compositional skill and melodically inventive technique. With the release of Timeless Portraits and Dreams, Allen provides...


November 2006    Albums

Latin Dreams
"Killer" Ray Appleton/Melvin Rhyne Quartet

Despite the title, the musical direction of this 2004 recording isn’t Latin jazz. Instead, the real foundation of this session goes back to the Wes Montgomery Trio, circa 1955 in Indianapolis. That edition of the guitarist’s group featured drummer “Killer”...


November 2006    Albums

Laid Back and Blues: Live at the Sky Church in Seattle
Larry Coryell

Larry Coryell honed his guitar chops as a teenager and college student on the Seattle music scene, so somehow it seems appropriate that his latest recording captures him in concert in his hometown at Sky Church, the concert venue at the Experience Music...


November 2006    Albums

Desert Heat
"Papa" John DeFrancesco

In terms of talent on the Hammond B3, the apple certainly didn’t fall far from the tree in the DeFrancesco family. Joey DeFrancesco burst onto the jazz scene in a big way back in 1988 when, after his graduation from high school, he toured with Miles Davis...


November 2006    Albums

Dizzy's Business
Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band

Take 20 top jazz musicians and arrangers, add a swinging vocalist, put them on stage at the intimate, acoustically excellent Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh, count off a downbeat, start recording and what do you get? Dizzy’s Business, a recording...


September 2006    Albums

Brotherman in the Fatherland
Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Rahsaan Roland Kirk was still at the height of his creative powers when he recorded these sides in Hamburg, Germany, on March 3, 1972. Kirk’s wonderful live recording Bright Eyes (Rhino) dates from the same time period, and his stunning studio works Prepare...


September 2006    Albums

Frank Morgan

As Frank Morgan approaches age 73, he’s now completed two decades of a remarkable comeback from the heroin addiction that derailed his musical career from the mid-1950s until 1985. During the remarkably prolific period that followed the release of his first...


September 2006    Albums

Body and Soul
Ray Nance

Ray Nance is best known for his long association with Duke Ellington’s orchestra, where he played trumpet and occasional violin from 1940 until 1963. Nance didn’t release many recordings as a leader, so this 1969 date, originally released on the Solid State...


September 2006    Albums

Who Let the Cats Out?
Mike Stern

Guitarist Mike Stern has touched quite a few stylistic bases over the course of a three-decade career that’s included stints with Miles Davis, Billy Cobham, Michael Brecker, David Sanborn and Steps Ahead—and a dozen recordings as a leader. With Who Let the...


July/August 2006    Albums

A Letter to Dexter
George Cables Trio

A Letter to Dexter is yet another finely crafted recording by the talented—and too often overlooked—pianist George Cables. Over the course of nearly four decades, Cables has worked with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Freddie...


July/August 2006    Albums

Mighty Burner
Frank Catalano

The title of Frank Catalano’s latest recording references the late Hammond B3 master Charles Earland, with whom Catalano had the opportunity to play several years back. But it also describes the 27-year-old tenor sax player’s own take-no-prisoners approach...


July/August 2006    Albums

Small Day Tomorrow
Bob Dorough

At 83, vocalist-pianist-songwriter Bob Dorough shows no signs of slowing down—especially on Small Day Tomorrow. This time around, Dorough pays tribute to fellow songwriter Fran Landesman, whom he met in St. Louis in 1960 at the famed Gaslight Square club...


July/August 2006    Albums

American Songbook
The Phil Woods Quintet

The new Swiss record label Kind of Blue has come out swinging with several fine recordings in recent months, and this set of standards recorded by alto sax great Phil Woods and his longstanding quintet is clearly a winner. Surprisingly, pairing Woods and...


06/26/06    Concerts

US Bank Saint Louis Jazz Festival 2006

The U.S. Bank Saint Louis Jazz & Heritage Festival debuted in 2001, marking the first time this metro area—which has given the jazz world such luminaries as Miles Davis, Clark Terry, Jimmy Blanton, Oliver Nelson, Jimmy Forrest, Oliver Lake, Lester Bowie...

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