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Albums

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David Sanborn: Songs from the Night Before

Fans of David Sanborn’s alto sax sound will welcome his 14th solo issue of urban pop-jazz compositions that fit well with the smooth-jazz idiom prevalent on radio today. He collaborated with producer-pianist Ricky Peterson to write most of the songs. But rather than hire a band immediately, the pair first added drum loops to Peterson’s … Read More “David Sanborn: Songs from the Night Before”

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Keystone Trio: Heart Beats

When a group of musicians takes on a collective identity, eschewing for their audience the designation of an overt leader, they ask to be heard in a different light. It is not this pianist with those rhythm players: it is this group, their sound. And in the case of the Keystone Trio, the group and … Read More “Keystone Trio: Heart Beats”

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Kenny Burrell: Then Along Came Kenny

Recorded during the same 1993 engagement that produced Evidence’s Midnight At The Village Vanguard, this disc-in addition to demonstrating such lofty aspects as Burrell’s time-honed depth and consistency as an improviser-just plain cooks from start to finish. While most of the credit for that fact goes to the leader, supporting talents the caliber of Peter … Read More “Kenny Burrell: Then Along Came Kenny”

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Harold Mabern and Geoff Keezer: For Phineas

recorded in performance at Toronto’s Montréal Bistro, the two-piano team of Mabern and Keezer, although somewhat separated by age and background, nevertheless provides an ideal platform for the reinvestigation of not only Phineas Newborn’s “Jate” and “While My Lady Sleeps,” but a few other less widely resurrected gems as well. The set opens with Leroy … Read More “Harold Mabern and Geoff Keezer: For Phineas”

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Leon Parker: Belief

Leon Parker continues to be one of the true originals of the day. Though it’s doubtful if his spare less-is-more approach to the drum kit will be widely influential-it’s likely to remain his exclusive territory-Parker’s effectiveness is certain to give pause to aspiring drummers who take note; and it’s liable to give drum manufacturers the … Read More “Leon Parker: Belief”

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Jack Jeffers N.Y. Classics Big Band: New York Dances

This excellent album is part of Hamiet Bluiett’s new Explorations series dedicated to upcoming and veteran musicians who deserve greater recognition. Jeffers, a largely self-taught member of the latter group, is an all-around bass trombone and tuba player who composes, conducts, contracts studio musicians, performs in Broadway pit orchestras and jazz bands, and for the … Read More “Jack Jeffers N.Y. Classics Big Band: New York Dances”

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Bill DeArango: Anything Went

Find yourself becoming more conservative as you grow older? It’s a natural tendency, but some people just seem to be exceptions that prove the rule. Such is the case with 75-year-old DeArango, who briefly surfaced in the ’40s when he appeared with the likes of Ben Webster and Dizzy Gillespie and now plays free jazz … Read More “Bill DeArango: Anything Went”

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Dick Cary: Dick Cary and His Tuesday Night Friends

Given multi-instrumentalist and composer/arranger Dick Cary’s long career as a sideman with Louis Armstrong, Bobby Hackett, Bud Freeman, and Eddie Condon, it is interesting to learn of his more recent activities as a rehearsal band leader. Beginning in the mid-1970s and continuing through 1994, the year of his death, Cary wrote some 1500 original compositions … Read More “Dick Cary: Dick Cary and His Tuesday Night Friends”

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Joey Baron: Down Home

Herb Ellis just about wrote the book on swinging blues-based jazz guitar. And while he’s chalked up a few miles since the ’50s, when he made his mark with the Oscar Peterson Trio, he plays like a seasoned engine that still purrs smoothly. On this set of ten originals recorded in 1991, the “Justice All-stars” … Read More “Joey Baron: Down Home”

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