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Chico Hamilton Trio: Live @ Artpark

These two newly released recordings-Hamilton with his trio in 1994, and his duets with Hill from 1993-will only serve to bolster Hamilton’s reputation as one of the most polished, adventurous and inquisitive drummers in jazz, as well as that of being an adept composer. In his seventies at the time of these sessions, Hamilton exhibits … Read More “Chico Hamilton Trio: Live @ Artpark”

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Joe Temperley: The Sinatra Songbook

Add Joe Temperley to the list of artists who have recorded worthy tributes to Sinatra, including Tony Bennett, Carol Sloane, Joe Lovano and even Biréli Lagrène (vocalizing!). Then again, with the Great American Songbook as the repertoire, how can you go wrong? Temperley’s salute comes 10 years after Sinatra’s death, and features heartfelt theme readings, … Read More “Joe Temperley: The Sinatra Songbook”

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Luck’s In My Corner: The Life and Music of Hot Lips Page by Todd Bryant Weeks

Todd Bryant Weeks’ well-written and extensively researched biography covers Hot Lips Page’s life from his youth in Dallas, Corsicana and Tyler, Texas, to his days as lead trumpeter for Walter Page’s Blue Devils and the Bennie Moten Orchestra, and deals with the ramifications of Page’s decision to leave Count Basie and go it alone as … Read More “Luck’s In My Corner: The Life and Music of Hot Lips Page by Todd Bryant Weeks”

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Ted Curson: In Paris: Live at the Sunside

This two CD set contains over two hours of wonderfully entertaining jazz from the indefatigable Curson, 71 years old when recorded live in August of 2006. The fiery trumpeter whose early career associations included Cecil Taylor, Charles Mingus and Eric Dolphy, and then later established a notable presence on the European jazz scene, introduces us … Read More “Ted Curson: In Paris: Live at the Sunside”

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Tomo : I’ll Always Know

Reed Kotler is a very prolific West Coast composer who’s in an enviable position. Wanting to hear his tunes played, he created a record label for various group projects to perform his work. He even gave the quintet Tomo its name (“friends” in Japanese), an assemblage of some of Southern California’s top musicians who frequently … Read More “Tomo : I’ll Always Know”

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Scott Whitfield: Speaking of Love

Trombonist, vocalist, composer and arranger Scott Whitfield’s latest project is an unabashed collection of love songs, perhaps best explained by the title and lyric of one of his own tunes, as he exuberantly sings “I’m a Romantic Sap.” The versatile Whitfield has recorded with both his Jazz Orchestra East and Jazz Orchestra West, as well … Read More “Scott Whitfield: Speaking of Love”

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The Brubeck Brothers Quartet: Intuition

This is only the Brubeck Brothers’ second recording, and it’s a shame considering the quality of the music on Intuition. Regular quartet members Dan Brubeck (drums), Chris Brubeck (fretless bass and bass trombone) and Mike DeMicco (guitar) are here, as well as Pete Levin’s organ on three cuts, and a very special guest (replacing Chuck … Read More “The Brubeck Brothers Quartet: Intuition”

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Willie Jones III: Volume III

Willie Jones III’s new release follows Vol. 1…Straight Swingin’ and Vol. 2…Don’t Knock The Swing, and as on those it features Jones III’s longtime associate, the accomplished pianist Eric Reed. However, on two cuts the drummer’s father, Willie Jones II-his earliest musical inspiration-takes over the piano bench and more than holds his own in comparison … Read More “Willie Jones III: Volume III”

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Frank Locrasto : When You’re There

The 23-year-old LoCrasto’s debut CD is part of the MAXJAZZ piano series, which includes titles by such luminaries as Mulgrew Miller and Jessica Williams. Currently a member of the Jeremy Pelt Quartet, LoCrasto not only produced this session, but wrote all the compositions and arrangements, four of which feature a string and woodwind section. Although … Read More “Frank Locrasto : When You’re There”

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