Owen Cordle

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01/22/16    Albums

Trip Mode
Joey DeFrancesco

Joey the Aggressor has emerged with this album. With new guitarist Dan Wilson and new drummer Jason Brown, the organist’s trio harkens back to—as liner-note writer Mark Ruffin points out—the Larry Young-Grant Green-Elvin Jones triumvirate of the late ’60s...

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12/19/15    Albums

Live in Studio
Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio

This album was recorded with a studio audience present and without rehearsals and formal arrangements, and it is a testimony to the power of spontaneity in jazz when favorable conditions and inspired personnel are present. With a repertoire of tunes mainly...

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12/13/15    Albums

Something Personal
Houston Person

Something Personal is a typical offering from veteran tenor saxophonist Houston Person: warm ballads, an R&B cooker, a couple of standards with a bossa-nova beat and a couple of soulful swingers. Person has a personal (pun intended, as noted in Willard Jenkins’...

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09/06/15    Albums

The Power of Two
Steve Slagle & Bill O'Connell

You’ve heard the expression about there being “strength in numbers.” In the case of Steve Slagle and Bill O’Connell’s The Power of Two , two is quite enough, which is to say that alto saxophonist and flutist Slagle and pianist O’Connell are an ensemble—and...

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08/31/15    Albums

Trio
Grant Stewart

Working with Paul Sikivie on bass and brother Phil Stewart on drums throughout TRIO , tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart exhibits a big, direct tone and, in his solos, a knack for motivic development along with strategic melodic reminders of the tune at hand...

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05/20/15    Albums

Messin' With Mr. T
Dave Stryker

The bluesy, soulful guitarist Dave Stryker played in tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine’s band from 1986 through 1995. On Messin’ With Mr. T , he invites 10 tenor players, organist Jared Gold, drummer McClenty Hunter and, on six tracks, percussionist Mayra...

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01/16/15    Albums

OverTime: Music of Bob Brookmeyer
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Bob Brookmeyer was a charter member of the Jazz Band, otherwise known as the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and eventually the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. From the beginning he not only played valve trombone but also wrote for the group. Brookmeyer moved to...

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01/12/15    Albums

Angel Eyes
Afro Bop Alliance

The most unusual feature of the septet Afro Bop Alliance is the presence of steel pans in the frontline alongside trumpet and alto and tenor saxophones. A recent addition to the band, pans player Victor Provost is a vigorous and dazzling soloist, and the...

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12/02/14    Albums

Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival--2013
Mack Avenue Superband

Supergroups don’t always live up to the billing, but this one does. A sequel to the SuperBand’s 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival recording, this album features returnees Sean Jones (trumpet and flugelhorn), Evan Perri (guitar), Aaron Diehl (piano), Rodney Whitaker...

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11/03/14    Albums

Trip
Tom Harrell

Not to discount the work of Tom Harrell’s frontline partners from his previous albums, but the tonal match and improvisational rapport between the trumpeter-flugelhornist and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner on this record is striking. Of course, Harrell’s...

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11/01/14    Albums

Quartet
Frank Kimbrough

Frank Kimbrough’s piano playing is unpredictable. Not in terms of quality—he’s always “on”—but in terms of content, direction and execution. He’s a genuinely spontaneous player. He can sound barbed yet romantic, busy but introspective, funky but un-clichéd...

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10/28/14    Albums

Visitation
Saxophone Summit

Here’s what this album suggests at various times: the soundtrack to a dark, slow-moving suspense film; an orchestra tuning up; six musicians practicing simultaneously in different rooms; a tedious sensitivity-training class; insistent conversation. According...

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10/22/14    Albums

Visitation
Saxophone Summit

Here’s what this album suggests at various times: the soundtrack to a dark, slow-moving suspense film; an orchestra tuning up; six musicians practicing simultaneously in different rooms; a tedious sensitivity-training class; insistent conversation. According...

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09/24/14    Albums

I Love Music
Mike LeDonne

Mike LeDonne’s Groover Quartet has a talent for finding the jazz groove in pop tunes as well as for striking up a righteous groove on jazz tunes. Together 14 years, the band resembles the classic, soulful Blue Note organ combos of yore with a more recent...

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08/20/14    Albums

Road Scholars Live
Stan Kenton Alumni Band

With trumpeter Mike Vax at the helm, the Stan Kenton Alumni Band is in good hands. The group’s 2013 tour, memorialized here, would not disappoint the maestro, and should please new fans as well as the aging faithful. With Kenton you expect drama, majesty...

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08/06/14    Albums

Standard Deviation
Ralph Bowen

With Standard Deviation , tenor saxophonist Ralph Bowen, pianist Bill O’Connell, bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Donald Edwards deliver a program of standard tunes revised in novel ways. The revamped themes, harmonies and rhythms are not only different...

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