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Joey DeFrancesco: The Champ

By now, organist Joey DeFrancesco should have secured his place among the masters of the B-3. This latest recording should confirm that status. The Champ is billed as a tribute to Jimmy Smith. As such, DeFrancesco utilizes Smith’s early classic combo set-up, simply organ-guitar-drums, with Randy Johnston and one-time Smith associate Billy Hart. Furthermore, the … Read More “Joey DeFrancesco: The Champ”

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Giorgio Gaslini Globo Quartet Plus: Ballets

This disc presents the scores of two ballets composed by Giorgio Gaslini, in a style that bridges the concepts of classical formalism and the cool of a modern jazz quartet. The main piece, produced in 1995, is “Carmen Graffiti”, based not on Bizet’s opera, but on the original novel. Gaslini’s score is also original, although … Read More “Giorgio Gaslini Globo Quartet Plus: Ballets”

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Helio Alves: Trios

Helio Alves is a Brazilian-born pianist in his thirties who recently gained attention through his appearances with Joe Henderson, plus work with Claudio Roditi and Paquito D’Rivera. Alves is Berklee-educated and now in New York. This album, another of Reservoir’s acclaimed “New York Piano” series, puts Alves leading two separate standard trio sessions at the … Read More “Helio Alves: Trios”

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Willie Pickens: It’s About Time!

Legendary Chicago pianist Willie Pickens hasn’t recorded much, so this reissue of 1980s material is a welcome addition. Pickens piano playing is dense and intense, and he builds his performances with textural variations that logically progress and maintain interest. The album consists of a 1987 studio date, the original LP, in a trio with Dan … Read More “Willie Pickens: It’s About Time!”

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Jimmy Smith: The Master II

This album is the second volume of material from concerts by the Jimmy Smith trio at Kirin Plaza in Osaka, Japan in December 1993, now being released on Blue Note in America. The trio includes veteran accompanists Kenny Burrell on guitar and Jimmie Smith (no relation) at the drums. The program includes all standards from … Read More “Jimmy Smith: The Master II”

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Junko Onishi Trio: Live at The Village Vanguard 2

This is a follow up release of additional material from the May 1994 concerts at the Village Vanguard by the 20-something piano sensation, the first volume having been released in 1995 to wide attention. Onishi is a master of the post-bop piano, playing with speed and command. She is also characterized by a heavy-handed, propulsive … Read More “Junko Onishi Trio: Live at The Village Vanguard 2”

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