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Jane Jarvis: Jane Jarvis Jams

Pianist Jane Jarvis infuses everything she plays with her joyful spirit. Watching her at the piano-silver hair flying, wide smile-is almost as much fun as listening to her. This spirit underlies these two very different releases, both of which reflect her solid swing roots. Jarvis is a wonderful ensemble player; her musical knowledge is encyclopedic and her musical communication is topnotch. These same qualities also make her a prime duo partner.

On Jane Jarvis Jams she collaborates with longtime buddy, drummer Grady Tate, bassist Bob Haggart, and trombonist/cornetist Dan Barrett. Their varied backgrounds-studio drum king, big band and Dixieland, respectively-add an eclectic touch which melds into a pleasurable mix on a group of old standards. “Cherokee” becomes a waltz; “Begin The Beguine” is done in Jarvis’ “blaze-away Spaniard” style; “What’s New” features a stunning intro by Jarvis. Tate and Haggart provide steady rhythmic drive throut and Barrett’s horns steer them a little toward New Orleans.

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