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Mike Longo: Dawn New Day

This is one of those jazz recordings that is eminently listenable, even to the uninitiated who, after they hear it, will say something like, “Hey, I like that. Is that really jazz?” And to those who appreciate the music, pianist Longo’s recording, Dawn New Day, will also captivate with its interesting solos, great arrangements, and … Read More “Mike Longo: Dawn New Day”

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Dave Burns and Hot Mustard: Nothing Loved Is Ever Lost

Burns and his Hot Mustard jazzers from D.C. have put together a remarkably mellow and entertaining CD that is, as they say, an “homage to the creators of the much-loved, imperishable standards.” From “The Way You Look Tonight” to other classics such as “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “Little White Lies,” the group captivates … Read More “Dave Burns and Hot Mustard: Nothing Loved Is Ever Lost”

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Dave Grusin: Inside Story

Dave Grusin’s 40-year career in the music business has led him down many paths, and all have been successful for this gifted musician, composer, arranger, recording executive, and cowboy. Now, at 63, Grusin has added another credit to his already packed résumé, a hip-but-respectful reworking of the Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim classic West Side Story, officially titled … Read More “Dave Grusin: Inside Story”

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Ken Peplowski: Spin Control

Name a style of jazz—bop, trad, big band, avant garde, even toss in some 20th century classical stuff. Reedman Ken Peplowski has listened to it, studied it, and probably played it. His tastes are truly diverse, and yet he’s able to keep his identity in any
situation or setting. The secret? “I can honestly say that … Read More “Ken Peplowski: Spin Control”

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Various Artists: Jazz Celebration: A Tribute to Carl Jefferson

It wasn’t just a jazz fest that took place on July 8, 1995, in Concord, California. It was also a love fest, celebrating the life of the late Carl Jefferson, founder and president of Concord Jazz, who died four months prior to this tribute concert. And this well-produced boxed set lets us hear it all-five … Read More “Various Artists: Jazz Celebration: A Tribute to Carl Jefferson”

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Billy Drummond: Dubai

Drummond’s third release as a leader finds the drummer in a unique quartet date with no piano, working with the two tenors of Chris Potter and Walt Weiskopf, and bassist Peter Washington. It’s a format that Drummond felt would give this talent all the space it needed to stretch out, and with Potter and Weiskopf … Read More “Billy Drummond: Dubai”

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